DIY Storage Bench - PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever

SPRING FEVER with the PARA Blog Crew

Well it’s finally here! It’s Spring Fever Reveal day & I’m pretty excited to share what Kes & I’ve been slaving over working on!

When I think of spring projects for the home, the first things that tend to come to mind are storage and organization. So when we were tasked with a ‘spring paint projects’ challenge, we wanted to find an area of the house where we could solve a problem while adding a bit of style.

The entryway in my mom’s house was the perfect candidate. Home to a broken, non-functioning storage bench and constantly cluttered with shoes, we decided it was time for an upgrade. It took us a weekend, some PARA paint & stain, a little fabric and lots of elbow grease, but we were able to take the entry way from this…

Spring Fever - Entry Bench before | The Dreamhouse Project
PARA Spring Fever – Entry & Bench before

To this!

PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever - Entry Storage bench after
After: Entry & DIY Storage bench

This was our first attempt at building a bench (and really our first at any real type of woodworking) and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever - Building a DIY Storage Bench
Building a DIY Storage Bench

We built the bench from 3/4″ pine veneer plywood & stained it using PARA TimberCare Solid Stain which we tinted in Runway (P5191-85D). Because we were trying to achieve such a dark colour we had to use a solid stain – but we watered it down slightly to allow a little more of the wood grain to show through. We then finished it off with PARA WoodCare urethane varnish to give it a nice glossy finish. One of the best things about PARA’s TimberCare & WoodCare lines is that they’re water-based, which means no awful smell AND clean up is a breeze! It would be a great choice for anyone who was interested in starting their DIY wood desk plans since they could use it to finish their newly built project.

PARA Blog Crew Spring Paint projects - Staining & painting DIY Storage Bench
Staining & painting DIY Storage Bench with PARA TimberCare stain (Runway) & PARA paint (Too Hot to Handle)

The bench seat, we were able to up-cycle from a piece that Kes got from a coworker. We decided the faux alligator skin had to go & instead covered it using the beautiful Landsmere fabric in Current from Tonic Living.

PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever - Covering bench seat
Covering bench seat with fabric from Tonic Living

For the storage boxes, we opted to paint them in a rich brick red (Too Hot To Handle – P5078-85) to match the existing feature wall in the entry.

There were a few hiccups here and there, and a couple moments of panic, but we made it through. I must send a special thank you to Kim of The Paint Store Plus Inc. our local PARA dealer for talking me off the staining ledge; as well as Janine of Tonic Living for going above and beyond to help us choose the perfect fabric for our project!

PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever - Entry Storage bench after
I love how the fabric picks up the other colours in the house!
PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever - DIY Storage Bench

So what do you think? Did we nail it??

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36 thoughts on “SPRING FEVER with the PARA Blog Crew

  1. Totally nailed it! I can’t believe this is your first build. You even curved the sides. Amazing 🙂 I feel the need to organize my entry now. 🙂

    1. Thanks Mere! I think we surprised even ourselves a bit with what we were able to accomplish. And you totally should! An organized entry makes all the difference. And there are so many little things you can do to make a big impact fairly easily.

    1. Thanks Sabrina! I know – I’m in love with the fabric too. Janine at Tonic Living is a godsend! I called her with our PARA swatch colour and she emailed me a few potentials to compliment it almost immediately. And I couldn’t be happier with it!

    1. Thanks Michelle! The cubbies are really coming in handy. The old bench has been broken for months & pretty useless. Plus having to flip it open to store things was annoying. It’s so nice to have useable storage at the front door again! 🙂

  2. Thanks Tash and Kester, the bench is amazing and I love the colours. You all are the best., As Kashee said this a.m. Wow, I love the drawers!!! LOL. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks Katie! Never too much is right. Especially at my parents’ house…between the 5 of us living there right now the number of shoes is out of hand! Lol! It’s nice to have an easy place to store them right by the door that keeps them out of the way.

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