I am so excited to share my new entryway bench with you guys! A little over a week ago I saw this bench in a picture of a house that is for sale near our house and it was like a light bulb moment for me…just kidding…well, not really:). This was exactly what I had been looking for our front porch!
So off I went to try and find one at a reason price and in our house that means the same price or less as it would cost to make one. Now, as my friend Lois pointed out to me Jason could totally make one but with an insanely long “honey do” list I knew I had better start looking. For some reason this type of high back bench (also called a settle bench, deacon bench or Quaker bench) is very expensive. The cheapest “new” version I found for sale was almost $500 and I found some well over a $1500 for antique ones. What?!!! And then I found this one on Craigslist (one of my favorite sites to shop for deals) for $100. Woo Hoo!
Now, the seller had already refinished the bench but the color scheme just wasn’t going to work. We started to sand down the piece to see what kind of wood it was.
Jason and I had been hoping for a pretty hard wood like oak but sadly no such luck we think it is pine. So probably not the over 50 year old bench the seller tried to indicate it was but the size and shape fit our front perfectly. I painted the bench the same red as our trim. The color is rustic red by Pittsburgh Paints.
Although the wicker chairs and end table we had here great they did not fit the space well. Every time it rained the cushions got went and I always felt like our front entrance looked too crowded. Whereas Jason and I sat on these chairs a lot in our previous house we are almost always having our morning coffee on our kitchen deck.
Our new bench actually fits under our very small overhang and I love how simple and functional it is. Perfect for the kids to sit and pose for their back to school pictures and for me to sit and watch them playing in our driveway.
Now, I am not saying I am done with our front porch:). I can’t wait till we can add some trim around the windows and doors and our plan is change out the tan/grey siding for white but I am loving the look of our new bench!!! What do you guys think? I would love to hear from you!!!
We have made a few more changes to our Farmhouse Front Porch as part of a Curb Appeal Challenge,
It is so much fun decorating our new entryway bench for the different seasons!!!
Don’t forget to Pin Our Entryway Bench for Our Farmhouse Front Porch!!!
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