Just when I decided to focus on pallet pieces, a friend shared a photo on Facebook about upcycling old doors as hall trees.
“No, Mel,” Chris warned with one eyebrow cocked as he saw me eyeing up an old door in our basement after telling him about the photo.
“You just went through this. Pallets. PAAAAAAAAALLETS.”
I sulked for 24 hours. Then I dragged the lonely door up the basement stairs to the shed as discretely as possible. (I only bumped into the walls 2x.)
Then the weather turned beautiful. Then of course I HAD to build something outdoors and take advantage of the nice day. And naturally, I had just the right scraps of wood to make a shoe rack/bench at the bottom. And just the right container of sample paint to distress it. And two recycled doorknobs and a coat hook. Seriously. How could I not build a hall tree bench at that point? It would be like being handed the ingredients to the best cheesecake in the world, a pan, a preheated oven, and cheesecake is your favorite, and you’re told all you need to do is mix them together and bake it and you could eat it all for free, and you decide, “Nah, I’ll pass.” Craziness.
Therefore, I built.
As much as I love the look of the large door hall trees that I’ve seen on Pinterest, how many people have that kind of room in their homes? Unless you are Kate Middleton, something a bit smaller is way more practical. This hall tree bench measures a little over a foot wide and 6’8″ tall – perfect for a little nook by the front door, on a porch, or an empty wall. The large hook at the top is great for coats, hoodies, etc., while the two smaller knobs can hold leashes, keys, more hoodies, etc. The bench can be used for sitting or storage, and there is a cubby underneath the bench for storing shoes, books, or anything else you may want to hide out of the way. As with any larger furniture piece, please drill a screw through the top into a wall stud to secure the piece to the wall.
Hall Tree Bench – $75