Prettying Up Our Front Entry

Hey everyone!  I hope y'all have had a wonderful weekend!  We did some fun-things yesterday, and I will share about our adventures some other time this week.  For today, though, I wanted to share how The Man and I added some "prettiness" to our front entry.  Now I just have to preface this with the fact that I have one of the best hubbies in the world.  He is multi-talented and can make or repair just about anything.  He is so loving and caring, and extremely tolerant to have put up with me for almost forty-four years now.  It seems that anytime I just casually whine mention something I'd like to do or have, The Man runs with it until he figures out a way to make that happen -- did I mention how spoiled I am?  Anyway, I had been whining talking about our "tunnel-like" front entry needing something to soften that long, covered walkway up to the front door.  I was really wanting a bench, but everything I was seeing would have crowded the space; so my "Knight in Shining Armor" (well, more like "Knight with Hammer and Saw") came to the rescue and built exactly what I wanted.  Let me show you!

How cute is that, right?  I want to show you how it was transformed from......

a very rough-cut piece of pine and.......

the perfect frame........

to exactly the right-size bench!

This gives you the idea of how tunnel-like our entry is, but I'm not complaining since the front of our home faces west and this covered entry gives us lots of protection from the late afternoon sun.

In case you haven't read it before in previous posts, I am seriously crushing over turquoise, so The Man suggested this color-combo.  Squeal -- P E R F E C T!

I just adore this little cutout!  The Man sanded the bench-top to avoid "butt-splinters," but left it looking a bit rustic.  He stained it the same color he used on our front door and then waxed it with J&J Car Wax.  The base paint color is Behr Surfer.

Of course I had to make some pillows out of dropcloth fabric.  Since we bought and moved into this home in 2011, it seemed appropriate to celebrate that date on one of the pillows.  The other pillow is sporting a simple fabric rosette.  Do you see that little cut-out in the bench -- The Man's idea to make it easier to move -- you know, for sweeping or perhaps using it in the backyard for a gathering.

I had been using this floral arrangement in my dining room, but thought it would look 
good on the bench.

Well, I didn't reinvent the wheel with my front door wreath, I simply revamped last year's model by adding in some of my color-fave......

to give it a fresh new look!


 I reused some things from my Spring mantel bunting which you can see HERE in this post.

I surely do adore my new bench, and absolutely love The Man for building it for me!

Thanks everyone for stopping by.  I hope you have a wonderful week!

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