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DIY Entryway Bench And Accordion Coat Hanger

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

Whether you live in a basement apartment, high-rise condo or a house, entryways are all the same - a dumping ground for bags, shoes, coats, hats etc. In no time at all, an entryway quickly become a space that feels cluttered and utilitarian instead of a space that you love - BUT NO MORE! We KNOW entryways can be functional AND beautiful, all it takes is a little TLC and two simple DIY projects to get you started!


Today, we share our DIY bench and accordion coat hanger to inspire you to make your entryway serve function and style all in one! #TeamDIY




Wood

(1) 2x10 x8”

(2) ¼ x2 x8” pine trim moulding


Wood Cuts

Bench

A: (1) 40x12

B/C: (2) 16x12


Accordion

D/E/F/G: (4) 9”

H/I/J/K: (4) 16”


Materials

Drill

11/64” drill bit

Clamps

Wood glue

Pocket hole kit

1 ¼” pocket hole screws (coarse)

Wood filler

80 grit sandpaper 5” disc

220 grit sandpaper 5” disc

Orbital sander

Gloves

Staining rags

Wood Conditioner

Wood stain

Wood finish

10 pull knobs

Measuring tape

Pencil

Chop Saw

(3) Wire baskets

Red spray paint

Clear Coat Matte

Drill press (Or simply use Drill)


DIY BENCH


1) Measure and cut your wood pieces using a chop saw.

*Measurements should be created according to your space. I cut mine to:

A: (1) 40x12

B/C: (2) 16x12


2) Using your pocket hole kit jig, follow the instructions and add three pocket holes to the inside of both B+C pieces. If you don't own a pocket hole jig, simply use a screw and glue method, but make sure to use a 1/8" drill to pre-drill your holes first!


3) Secure pieces B+C to the underside edges of piece A using wood glue, clamps and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.


4) Add wood filler to any edges that need it. Wait until dry.


5) Starting with 80 grit 5” disc, sand the entire surface of your bench. *Optional: round the edges.


6) Remove all dust from the bench using a cloth, brush or my personal favorite - tack cloth.


7) Pre-stain the bench using cotton rag. Let dry. WHY PRE-STAIN? Pre-stain wood conditioner penetrates and temporarily seals the wood to even out the rate of absorption, thus creating a much more uniform stain.


8) Stain the bench to the color of your choosing. Let dry. Add a second coat if needed.


9) Apply finish coat. Let Dry.

Use a 220 Grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface. Apply second coat of Finish. Let Dry.

Use an 80 Grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface. Apply third coat of Finish. Let Dry.


10) *Optional: add wire baskets underneath for extra storage. I’ve opted to spray paint them red to add a pop of color. Apply spray paint, let dry and apply finish coat on top.


ACCORDION COAT RACK


1) Measure and cut your wood pieces using a chop saw.

*Measurements created according to the available space.

The measurements I used were the following:

D/E/F/G: (4) 9”

H/I/J/K: (4) 16”


2) Starting with piece D, measure and mark 1” down from both short ends and ½” inwards marking the crossing point. Stack the remaining 3 pieces (E,F,G) evenly, clamp and use a drill press with an 11/16” drill bit to create a hole at your marked point through all 4 pieces. Repeat this step on the other end.

*If you don’t have a drill press, simply use a drill! Make sure to drill the holes as straight as possible.


3) Starting with H, measure and mark 1” down from both short ends and ½” inwards marking the crossing point. Then mark the halfway point at 8” and ½”  inwards marking the cross point. Stack the remaining 3 pieces (I,J,K) evenly, clamp and use a drill press with an 11/16” drill bit to create a hole at your 3 marked points through all 4 pieces. Repeat this step on the other two marked points.


4) Pre-stain all pieces. Let dry.


5) Stain all pieces. Let dry.


6) Apply finish to your pieces. Let dry. *Apply as many coats as needed providing a light sand in-between each coat.


7) Create your accordion style rack by starting with two 9” pieces. Stack the holes on top of each other and secure using your knob hardware. Each piece added should always work in the same direction and orientation (i.e.: top or bottom). All the bottom pieces should face the same direction and the top pieces should face the same direction.


Line up holes and secure with knobs.


HANG AND ENJOY!


And here is the final result: