Luckily, I didn't let my mind keep me from taking on this project, because it was one of my favorites yet!
THE ASK :
Create a custom hall tree using vintage flooring planks that came from the client's old flooring store in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Each of the planks varied in length. They were also around 3 inches wide, which was about twice the size of what I use in my artwork (1.5" wide). So, before I started on anything, I very carefully cut down each of the pieces so that they would seamlessly work along with my artwork design.
Once the planks were cut, I then finalized my plan for the hall tree bench. Since, I wouldn't consider myself an expert in furniture making quite yet, I decided to be smart and find an existing plan that I could get creative with.
I found these plans for a "Shiplap Hall Tree Bench", and they were exactly what I was looking for!
I followed the instructions when it came to building the bench and the back. However, I replaced the shiplap with my artwork and made a few adjustments to the trim for a more modern look.
(If you are interested in making this for yourself, I recommend going ahead and purchasing these plans from The Awesome Orange (just $10). Trust me, they are totally worth it and great plans. This blog post won't cover the nitty-gritty details you'll need to know either!
Towards the end of this project, I got into a whole new level of "hyper-focus mode" and didn't document the process of attaching the seat to the bench frame and adding all the trim.... so I apologize for the lack of detail.
Here are some pictures of how the whole project turned out!
I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of the "behind-the-scenes" action. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about how I did this special project!