The After! By keeping a eye on proportion and color, this little hall bench really makes a big improvement to a very small space.

The After! By keeping a eye on proportion and color, this little hall bench really makes a big improvement to a very small space.

The before. This space was around 36" wide and 12" deep.

The before. This space was around 36″ wide and 12″ deep.

I just wrapped up this hall bench which has been done in a shaker style to fit in a small area by the back entry door. Not everyone has room for a big bench and multiple cubbies, so to make this work in this space, it is all about proper proportion. I reduced the size of the shaker styles and rails down to 3/8″ thickness, and I eliminated the cubbies and went with one opening on the bottom and one on the top. The bench seat is a solid piece of red oak and I added a small angled trim detail around the edge of the seat to help tie it all in. The top purposely has no crown moulding. Instead, I added a little rail and finished the top out. This will allow for a bit of extra space to toss some hats and gloves in the wintertime,  This little addition has been finished in General Finishes Persian Blue, which is a real great old time color. It was then top coated with a cabinet grade satin topcoat. All we need is to add the coat hooks, and this hall bench will be in full service.

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