Stenciled Herringbone Entryway Storage Bench

 
This is a sponsored post. I was given complimentary materials to use and review, but the opinions in this posts are 100% my own.
 
Even though our entryway is the first thing visitors get of the inside of our home, I haven’t spent too much time making it look nice.  I hung a large photo gallery wall on one of the walls, but otherwise it was just a bland space that became a dumping ground for shoes and boots.  Not the best first impression we could give our guests.
 
I was able to change all that by infusing some color and pattern into the space and adding much needed storage with a cheap second-hand bench.

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My mom found this second-hand bench for $10, and, although it was dirty, it was still in solid shape.  It needed a little oomph before it went in our entryway though.  I knew a stencil from Royal Design Studio was just the thing it needed.

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After sanding the bench down, I gave the whole thing two coats of flat white paint.  I like to use flat paint underneath a stencil because I think the stencil paint adheres a bit better and dries faster.

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I wanted to liven up our bland entryway, so I used FIVE different paint colors with my Royal Design Studios stencil.  I will give you more information on my color palette later in the week.  The combination of the paint colors and the energetic Herringbone Shuffle Stencil transformed a boring piece into a statement maker!  I even think the herringbone pattern looks good with our parquet floors!

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I replaced the flimsy chain that kept the bench lid in place with a stay-open hinge.  I didn’t want to be constantly worrying about my kids slamming their fingers under the lid.

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While I appreciate that the bench adds some much needed color and pattern to the entry, the piece is especially great for its storage capability. Our stairs had become a dumping ground for dozens of cast off shoes. It was messy and a bit of a safety hazard. Now we can toss our shoes inside the bench, grab them back out when needed, and sit on the bench to put them back on.

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The bench really is a colorful and functional piece of furniture that I am sure will get quite a bit of use.
 
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This isn’t the first time I have used a Royal Design Studios stencil.  I completely transformed The Mad House dining room with another RDS stencil.  If you have a room or a piece of furniture that could use a patterned upgrade, check back tomorrow for a surprise!

 
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Thanks,  Jessica
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