DIY Bench for the Entryway – $15!

Hey friends!!

I recently had an itch to change out the bench in my entryway.  Staying on my ‘shanty’ budget, I started skimming Ana’s site for some ideas.  I ran across her Providence Bench and fell in LOVE.

My favorite parts….

It cost me under $15 to build… Yup! Love that!

It took me a couple hours to build and finish… Woohoo!

Here is how she turned out…

This was a very simple build.  I used 2 – 2×4’s and 3 – 2×6’s to build the entire thing!

I also used my Kreg Jig® to assemble it.  Here are a few tips on where I put my pocket holes.

This is the bottom inside of the legs….

And the top of the legs…

I also used the Kreg Jig® to plank the top of the bench before attaching it to the base.

This is the back of each of my diagonal pieces.  I wasn’t worried about covering the pocket holes because I knew they would be facing the wall.

And my bottom piece was attached like this…

I used 1 1/4″ screws through the bottom into the planks to attach the top.  I also used Gorilla Wood Glue for all of my joints.

That’s it!  I gave everything a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut.

I love how versatile this bench is!  I think I could use it in almost any room of my house!  It’s so cute and did I mention it was $15?? Yah.  That definitely fits my budget!  Here are just a few more pics…

I also love that using these plans you can really modify the bench to any length you need!  Way to go on these FAB plans Ana!

Thanks so much for stopping by guys!  I would love for you to share and PIN this below!  Have a wonderful week!



  1. Kaisey on August 20, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Do you have measurements for the legs and everything?

  2. Jessica on April 22, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Beautiful brench! What are the exact measurements of the cuts ?

  3. queenbiotch on July 13, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Made replica of this bench. Cost $36 and took one week with all staining and polyurethane finish coat. Still a great deal but could never have made for $15

  4. Stacey on August 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    My screws have just been falling out of my pine and I’ve tried both fine and coarse threaded screws with my Kreg Jig, any suggestions?

  5. lfhpueblo on August 3, 2013 at 10:26 pm


  6. Stacey on August 3, 2013 at 9:48 am

    What color stain did you use, I LOOOOVE that color!

    • Dominique Hanson on August 25, 2013 at 12:17 am

      “I gave everything a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut” From above

  7. Cathy Jo on August 3, 2013 at 9:41 am

    What is your flooring? It is gorgeous!!

  8. Jamie Scholting on April 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    The PDF version of the plans has an “error”. Do you know how I can get the plans another place? Thanks.

  9. Lisa Spencer on November 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    What is the height & length of your bench? I absolutely love it!

  10. Sarah Yeager on November 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I’m in love!!! All of the details of your entry space are perfect. I just have issues building things..maybe this will be a good one to start with. I wish I could buy one from you;)

  11. C.Pastir on October 1, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Where did you find the cute pillows in the basket that is in your entryway?

  12. Sj on September 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Where did you buy your front door from?? It is absolutely gorgeous!

  13. Megan on September 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Do you ever do a protective coat of poly or anything like that on your wood projects? if so, what do you use?

  14. Amanda on September 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    I love your front door!!

    • Sarah Inman on August 3, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I was about to say the same thing! It’s gorg!

  15. Mist on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Where did u get the shelve from? I have a hard time finding ones that can hold weight and look nice

  16. Carrie Wolff Lundgren on August 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Are the 2×4’s you are using framing lumber? If they are how do you get them to look that nice? Do you have to really dig through the pile? Do you sand them? (sorry, this will be my first project and I’m full of questions)

    • Shanty2Chic on August 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      They are called select studs. They are just a little bit pricier than the cheapest studs. I get mine at Lowe’s and there are few that don’t look this nice. Hope this helps and good luck!

  17. Jana on August 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

    Love everything about your entry, what is the paint color? Thanks!

  18. Carolyn Ruiz on August 10, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I finally got my Kreg Jig and i will be starting on my sawhorses first. after that i might have to make this bench!!!! love, love love it. do you have any tips on how you select your wood?

    • Shanty2Chic on August 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Carolyn! Sorry!! Just saw this message… We always look for the straightest pieces we can find. Ash and I like to see knots when we are staining too, so we like to find pieces with lots!

  19. Charlotte Smith on August 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    love the bench and the shelf/hooks above it… are the plans/instructions for that accessible somewhere on your blog as well?? Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Judi Benton Utley on August 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Love the bench. Where can I find a Kreg Jig? I have never seen one anywhere. I see them on DIY all the time.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Lowe’s and HD carry them! You can also get them on Amazon. Ash and I use the K4 model. Hope this helps!

  21. Dani on August 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love the bench it is absolutely adorable…this may be a sill question, but what is a Kreg Jig and how is it helpful in making the bench? Thank You!

  22. Nicole on August 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Seriously LOVE this bench. People would pay a fortune for a bench that looked like yours. Awesome job!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much Nicole!! You are sweet! 😉

  23. Jesse on August 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Do either you or Ana have the measurements for a King Bed? We LOVE the entire room and CAN’T wait to do the pieces! Thanks a ton!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      Hey Jesse! If you find a bed on Ana’s site that you like, you can modify the width of the bed to fit a king. You will just want to make sure to add some extra support boards under the bed to accommodate for the wider width. You can try asking Ana for exact size on her FB site too! Hope this helps!! 🙂

  24. Heidi Grady on August 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Love this, I think I will try this but longer to go with a rustic table! I gave you guys a link on my website!! Love your work 🙂 I pinned it too

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      You are so sweet Heidi!! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to see yours when you get it all finished!

  25. cyndi on August 9, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Love the bench, but can you tell me where you got your front door?? I am looking for one like that!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      We purchased ours from ResDoor in Ft. Worth, TX. We love it! Hope this helps!

  26. [email protected] on August 9, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Beautiful! You and Ana are a great team!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you Korrie! Always love your sweet messages! 🙂

  27. Stacy on August 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Oh I love it! I wish I knew how to build stuff…maybe it’s time to learn.

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

      Yes ma’am it is! It’s fun and addicting! 🙂 Thank you!

  28. Hannah Hathaway on August 9, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Love this & I love your floor- what stain did you use for it? Did you do a tutorial on your floor too? You are amazing! <3

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you Hannah!! YOu are sweet! We hired a contractor for the stained concrete when we had the house built. I wish I could say I did it, but not on this one 😉 Thanks again!!

      • Candi Daitch on August 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

        I was just about to ask the same thing, it looks amazing! What a great option to hardwood, how does it hold up (ie is it easy to clean, does it chip/scratch?)

  29. Becca on August 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

    $15?! That is amazing! Great job!

    Becca @ The Sassy Penguin

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      Thank you Becca!! I do like the price tag too ;-)!!

  30. Teresa Kessler on August 9, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Very nice I too wonder is your floor stained concrete???

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Thanks Teresa! Yes it is!! 🙂

  31. Runt on August 9, 2012 at 6:43 am

    That looks fantastic! You can’t not love it for $15!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Agreed! 😉 Thank you so much!

  32. Meg on August 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Love this bench! And your front door! Did you make that too?

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Haha thanks Meg! Wish I could take credit for that one!! 😉

  33. ajhucklebuck on August 9, 2012 at 6:17 am

    This is so gorgeous! I LOVE your design skills! 🙂 Can I just ask–What is your floor covering? Every time you post I oooh and aahhhh over your newest build, then ogle your floors. 😀

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Thank you!! It’s stained concrete! 🙂

  34. Katie on August 9, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Gorgeous bench! I wish I had a place in our house where we could put this!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 5:45 am

      Thanks so much Katie!! 🙂 I just get rid of something when I want to build something new ;-))

  35. Shondie on August 9, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I’m going to try this today!!! Gorgeous!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 9, 2012 at 5:23 am

      Awesome! Can’t wait to see it Shondie! 🙂 Thanks!

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