DIY Storage Bench - PARA Blog Crew Spring Fever

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!

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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  • April 8, 2014

    Wow, you guys were ambitious! It turned out great.

  • April 8, 2014

    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. 🙂

  • April 8, 2014

    Wow I love that bench! Let me tell you that does not look like no amateur bench! You guys did an amazing job. And that fabric. . . to die for!

  • April 8, 2014

    Your first build and you knocked it out of the park? Kudos! The new bench looks great in the entry, and those cubbies will be so handy. Makes me wish I had space in my entry for a bench

  • April 8, 2014

    Looks great guys!

  • Antoinette
    April 8, 2014

    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!

  • Jen
    April 8, 2014

    Gorgeous! I love that they are pretty functional!

  • April 8, 2014

    It looks great! You can never have too much storage – especially when it looks this good.

  • Keisha
    April 8, 2014

    Love it – turned out great! Love that you made the drawers a different color!

  • April 8, 2014

    Look at you, painting and staining! I’ve never been that good with stain. It is definitely a skill I don’t possess. The bench looks fab. Good choice on the fabric too!

  • April 9, 2014

    That bench turned out just beautiful and perfect for your entryway!

  • April 10, 2014

    Gorgeous! And I’m sure you will really enjoy all that storage!

  • April 10, 2014

    WOW! you really transformed it! quite incredible! and I love the fabric you picked:) so pretty!

  • Tia
    April 14, 2014

    Great project! I love the fabric you chose and super smart to use the casters!

  • Christine
    April 15, 2014

    Since you have this project down just right, how about you make one for me? hehe LOVE IT!!

  • April 17, 2014

    I love your new bench! You did a fab job on it.

  • April 18, 2014

    Great idea and I love the colour-fabric combo! Excellent work!

  • April 22, 2014

    Ok, seriously? Start making more of these and selling them immediately because it looks amazing! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love one of these in their entryway. Way to go, you guys. You never fail to impress!!!!

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