My New Entryway Bench for Our Front Porch

Sharing our new Farmhouse Entryway Bench

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!

Our new entryway benchSo 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!

Our new entryway bench

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.

Our new entryway bench

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.

Our new entryway bench

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 entryway bench

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.

Our new entryway bench

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!!!

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We have made a few more changes to our Farmhouse Front Porch as part of a Curb Appeal Challenge,

Sharing our new Farmhouse Entryway Bench

It is so much fun decorating our new entryway bench for the different seasons!!!

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34 thoughts on “My New Entryway Bench for Our Front Porch

  1. A while back my recommendation was….make friends with the RED…well you have done a GREAT JOB! I love it…and I love the looks of the front of the house. ENJOY the coming weekend!

    1. How could I forget Karen! Thanks so much for encouraging me to do so!!! And thank you for your sweet comment about my RED bench:). I hope you are having a fun holiday weekend, take care, Tara

  2. Wow what a find !
    It looks gorgeous painted to match your entry way and who really cares if it’s old or not – it was meant to be in YOUR entry way obviously !!!
    I’m a big CL shopper myself 🙂
    Beautiful find – and a beautiful makeover !

  3. HI Tara, I love your new Entryway Bench Makeover and the colors are fabulous. I really loved the cute pictures of you kids too with their goals for the future. Adorable!! Sharing on my Fb page later too. Thanks so much for sharing at our Something to Talk About Link Party 33 this week. Have a great day, Lisa at Concord Cottage

    1. Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for stopping by to see my bench and for sharing it! That is incredibly sweet of you:). Thanks so much for hosing Something to talk about. I hope you have a great rest of your week. Take care, Tara

    1. Mimi, thank you so much for your sweet comments about my bench. Thanks so much for inviting me to five star frugal, I will definitely be by to check it out:). Take care, Tara

  4. Love your bench and that color!! I just sold mine on craigs list for $15. I had no idea they were that expensive. Love yours! Great find! Visiting from Treasure Hunt Thursday!

    1. Hi Cheryl, thank you so much for stopping by to check out my entryway bench. Sorry you didn’t get a higher price for yours. I hope you have a great weekend. Take care, Tara

  5. Just popping by to say thank you so much for joining in on my Making Broken Beautiful party last week! What a beautiful family to go with your new bench! (I hope the whole ninja thing works out! ) I hope you will come share again this week!
    Smiles!
    Terry

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments Terry! Last year he wanted to be a transformer so now we are at least moving towards careers that are possible:). Take care, Tara

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