Entry Bench


Apparently this piece is actually called a “hall tree” among those in the know, but whenever I call it that people look at me like I’m nuts.

So, Entry Bench it is.

Inspired by this one I found on Pinterest, I decided that a reclaimed wood entry bench made from two old solid wood doors would be a great way to use the doors leftover from turning my hall closet into a sewing closet.

The back of the bench is a full-sized 30″ wide door. If I were to make another one, I’d probably cut about six inches off the bottom of the door before assembly because it feels a little tall to me. The sides are two panels from another door, the bench seat is made from an old shelf, and the drawer is made from 1x12s, plywood, and an additional door panel for the face.

I put the bench together with my Kreg jig and glue, plus a few finish nails for the trim. The drawer is mounted using full extension glides. All of the wood is either reclaimed or scrap, so all I had to buy for this project was hardware and finishing supplies, for a grand total of $53.

The paint is a Ben Moore color from the ReStore, distressed and then coated with satin PolyWhey.

The “old” doorknob is from Hobby Lobby, the hooks from Lowe’s, and the drawer pull from Home Depot.

entry-bench1Bare door after stripping off a gooey layer of white paint.

entry-bench2Experimenting with putting the pieces together.

entry-bench3Assembled and ready for finishing, trying to decide whether to build a drawer or use baskets.

entry-bench5And, drawer it is. The piece was so square it was practically begging for a drawer!

entry-bench6Hooks and distressing add the final touches.


  1. says

    Love the way you used the architectural detail of the door that was cut up to add architectural detail rather than adding separate moulding pieces. Great job. Found on Pinterest so others find this project interesting.

  2. says

    I’m curious to know what you used to fasten the sides to the back and the seat to the sides. Dowels? Screws? I’m working on one of these right now, we had to buy doors from the salvage yard for working pieces. I’m going to cut up an exterior slab door for the seat and part under the seat, and need to decide how to anchor it firmly to the sides and back. And of course the sides need a firm anchor to the back (door).

  3. Susie says

    Hillary – I love this! Found some fab doors with glass knobs, thinking of making one for the auction at our children’s school. Think it’d sell well? PS – Tried Vermont Polywhey after seeing your doll bunk beds, love it!

    • says

      I’m glad you love the PolyWhey! And, YES, I think an entry bench with a cool old door would sell really well at an auction. I get TONS of hits on the Entry Bench post, so I know people are interested. And the one I built gets lots of compliments in its new home. ;)

  4. Ruheena, says

    It is amazing. How beautifully finished. If you had put the top shelf slightly lower then you could have used it to put small decorative items on it.

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