Friday, August 12, 2011

Homemade Bench

Small Easy Rustic X Bench

I got the plans for this bench from the FABULOUS Ana White.  Her blog is absolutely amazing.
Its full of awesome plans to make your own pieces.  You can find the plans HERE for this bench.

I recruited my Dad for this project.  I headed to a local lumber yard near their house.
I intended on taking the wood home, and attempting it myself or recruiting my hubby, but I couldn't get
the wood home in my suburban with my kids in the car.  So I convinced my Dad to help me cut one.

My Dad taught me to measure one and cut twice measure twice and cut once!
Em's in the background supervising.

I brought my pieces home, and the kiddos couldn't wait to help put that bench together.

It turned out great.  The plans were very precise and super easy to follow.

I had a blast painting this one.  I think I have about a million options in my head to try.  Good thing
I bought enough wood to make about 4 of these.  I started by painting this with
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP).  I painted the first coat with "provence".

The second coat was countrey grey.  I sanded and distressed.
I then taped off the top and waxed the top with dark wax.
I also put some dark wax on all the edges and places that I distressed.

It looked much better and in person.  I just loved how the provence peaked through.
  I didnt really have time for a proper photo shoot. 
 I was on my way to a quartermania where I already sold the bench. 
 I can't wait to make more.


  1. I found you through Today's Creative Blog. This project is the very thing I need...thank you! The finishing job you did is fantastic...can't wait to explore your site and see what other treasures you've created. Cheers!

  2. I've been toying with making this EXACT bench for a while now. Were the angles fairly easy? Love your finish!
    Dana @

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