Tweedlebud Holly's DIY Closet Nook

September 20, 2013

Hello! Tweedlebud Holly back again! When I came across this blog post for an entryway closet makeover while scrolling through Pinterest one night, I knew right away I needed to do that project in our home!

Our front entrance is on a landing, with a half set of stairs up to the main floor, and a half set down. This closet is on the main level, and never really made sense in my mind. 
Here is the before pic. 
Since we have plenty of room on our lower level for jackets, we decided to make our very own nook. I enlisted the help of my husband, Dad and even brother-in-law in the project.

I first cleaned out the closet and we removed the shelving unit. I was a very lovely rose pink, so the first order of business was the colour scheme for the nook. I decided on a Benjamin Moore deep blue called “Candinavian Sky”. 

I knew that we were going to cover the walls in beadboard, to protect them from getting banged up, but I wanted to test out the colour, so I painted the walls.

After enticing my husband and brother-in-law with a home-cooked meal, the bench building began. First the base, then the seat, with plenty of support so it will never move! They cut a thick piece of plywood and we glued the foam right to it with an excessive amount of glue. We then stretched the fabric over the foam and stapled it to the back of the plywood. I found just the right fabric for the bench at the US fabric store, Jo-Ann's, in the drapery section. We were able to find foam for the bench that recycled from another project (buying good quality thick foam is very costly, I so found out!)

Here I am piecing the foam to the seat and gluing it down with LOTS of glue!
Beadboard is a thin plywood type material, with grooved edges. This is one of the details that I thought was genius on The House of Smith's project, as it protects the walls. It comes in white or natural, so I painted them with the same paint as the walls. With the beadboard painted and installed, and the bench seat in place, it was starting to come together!

My Dad is quite a collector and had the perfect recycled rustic wood from an old building with beautiful cracks throughout that I used for the trim. I sealed the wood with a clear varathane. After several months of searching, I found the most perfect hooks and braces for a shelf at Anthropologie. The bins and pillows are from Ikea.

The big reveal:

I love sitting in my nook! It is the perfect place to read, chat on the phone or gaze out at our beautiful Rocky Mountains. 


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