I was looking for some inspiration to clean up our small entryway room in our Cape Cod style home in Worcester, Massachusetts that was typically used for recycling and dirty shoes. These plans were very easy to follow and really spruced up the room quite a bit.
I used standard pine 2x4's for the frame and 1 inch boards for the bench platform and upper shelf features. The platform consists of four boards (3 1x6 boards and 1 1x5 board) that were glued together and sanded down. This was finished with Minwax Colonial Maple stain (a few coats), a couple coats of satin polyurethane, and then sanded down for a nice smooth finish.
I used a couple of 2x4's behind the vertical face below the shelf, giving it some depth and better stability.
Cast iron hooks were found on etsy, ebay, and Amazon.
Minwax satin polyurethane
Automotive turtle wax for a smooth shine