This project would work well in any small child's room, keeping their favorite colors in mind. I can see any age actually using one of these benches to keep shoes tidy and orderly where they can sit to change or take off shoes.
Plain Bench to Pretty Pink Decor Bench
This was a plain bench that could be used for an entrance room or mud room if not for a personal bedroom. The bottom had a tilted shelf for shoes, boots, and flip flops to be taken off and placed out of the walk way. Then it was transformed into a darling piece of furniture for a little girl's room, keeping her favorite colors in mind. It is still very practical, but adds to the decor in her bedroom.
First it was sanded down, wiped clean, and painted a light pink. It set all night to dry well. Then sand paper distressed the corners and surface areas to give it character.
After the sanding, the piece was stained lightly. The time lapsed over several days, giving the layers time to dry but the actual work was six to eight hours.
After the pink stain, it took a coat of polyurethane and dried over night again. It took a light sanding with fine sand paper, a wipe off to remove the dust, then a second polyurethane coat over all the surfaces.
It sets with Katybug's favorite toys and keeps all her shoes and boots neatly in the corner of the room where she can sit and put them on or change them. This is a closet floor saver. Polyurethane has received negative comments in the past, but it now comes in NON yellowing type urethane. Be sure to ask for it at the paint store. All these materials were on hand, but if you had to buy them, you might spend $20 to $30 or more if you did not have paint brushes and a sander or sand paper.