Everyone has their little things that they simply can not abide when it comes to home decor and accoutrements. For me that list includes toilet seat covers, spoonrests (yes really ask me sometime and I'll tell you why), and too many things with obnoxious labels in plain view. For Martin it apparently includes white wire shoe racks. Who knew? Now I'm not saying that I'm the world's biggest fan of white wire shoe racks, but the one that was temporarily holding our shoes in the front entrance didn't really ruffle my feathers. Martin was however on a mission to permanently banish it.
And so, while I was in Montreal over the weekend he began building a little bench/shoerack for the front nook (I'd call it a "hall" but that would be a lie). We had talked about this little unit before I left, and agreed that it would have some shoe cubbies (one tall one for boots come fall/winter) and a storage box under the seat for scarves, gloves and general random front door items. We had planned to upholster the seat in white vinyl thereby continuing the general white vinyl theme in the house begun when Martin gave me this bench two years ago. And while I was on my visit up to Smoking Lily to pick up the couch cushion, I noticed that they had done some vinyl cut-out upholstery to a footstool and promptly decided to steal the idea.