We just moved from Kentucky to Texas, so of course we have furniture that we can’t use at our new house and then pieces of furniture that we want that we don’t have as well. For example, in Kentucky we lived in a smaller cape cod from the 50’s that did not have much of an entryway if any. Once you opened our door you were looking up the stairway to the upstairs room. So no need for any entryway piece really. Our house in Texas has a long, cathedral ceiling entryway that needs some type of furniture other than what we already have there. I had an idea of what I wanted up there from being in a friend’s house in Kentucky. She had a long bench that had a very tall backing to it. Possibly some hooks on it as well. Little did I know that it is called a hall tree. So I started scouring the internet for one in the price range between $100-$300. Amazon.com and Overstock.com are always my go to websites when I’m trying to find something good, but not too pricey. After that I checked out Craigslist here and realized that I was wanting something rustic and antique looking rather than just your ordinary modern hall tree. I tried Etsy, but all the cool pieces I found were way over my budget. Being frustrated at that point, I just googled rustic hall tree. When I clicked on an image it brought me to the image’s website. One hall tree that I loved, but that was still a little out of my price range was from Sawdust City. It actually is a product sold on Amazon, but you have to go to the external website.
Still searching through the “rustic hall tree” images I came across someone who had made a Faux Hall Tree on a blog called “Shanty2Chic.” I had seen one before in an ad on Craigslist made with an antique door and a bench attached to it by a local craftsman. This Faux Hall Tree was just the door itself, but was distressed and the website told how she made it and how much it cost her.
She says on her website, “I painted two coats of the Black/Black eggshell on one side of the door and the edges. It dried pretty fast and I was so pleased it only needed two coats! I then used a stencil that Whitney had made from the Cricut and sponged Antique White acrylic on the corners. I added two hooks and a cross that Whitney had at her house (it really made a nice touch, I think). Next, I added 3 large knobs that I purchased at Hobby Lobby and it was time to distress! I used a 3M sanding block (my favorite tool to sand with) with 80 grit paper and distressed every edge and corner (I love distressing). I love how the white came through when I distressed it! That was it and I now have a super cute Faux Hall Tree in my dining/entry way. I just leaned it up against the wall and it is surprisingly sturdy and I love the way it looks! Total cost ~ $28”
So, after all this searching I decided, “Hey, I’m just going to make my own!” I’m just going to attach a chest to the bottom, so that I can store things in it and have a bench to sit on to put on shoes or whatever. So far I’ve gotten the chest (made sure it is 36″~ the same as the door I’m going to buy from Lowe’s for $19, so I can attach it). Here is a picture of the chest I got off of craigslist for $60.
I plan to paint the door an off white paint for the first coat like the chest, and then for the second coat I’m going to use a teal and then distress, so the off white comes through like the chest. I will update as I make it! Can’t wait to start!
For the next post in the DIY Hall Tree Project Series, click here ~ DIY Hall Tree Project Update II