Remember the bench I made for the little girl’s makeover? I had a hard time handing it over because I fell in love with it. I finally got around to making one for myself and I have photos to share of the process! I have partnered with Minwax to bring you the tutorial.
My bench is a bit different from the first one I built since when I built the other one I was working with all scrap wood. I also went with a different color scheme.
I am so happy with how it turned out!
The entry way was too white for my taste and it needed some color. The hanging plant also helps fill in some of the white space. It is one I made for my book, Natural Accents.
I used 1×4 boards for the top and 4x4s for the legs.
The cut list:
(3) 12.5″ – braces for the underside
I drilled pocket holes to be able to attach the boards together.
Once they were all screwed together (including the three wood braces), I stained it using Weathered Oak from Minwax. I have used Classic Gray in the past and I really like it but it has a cooler undertone and I worried it would come of light blue against the blue painted legs. I wanted a warmer gray. I only used one coat and it really gave it that reclaimed wood look I was going for.
Here is what the bench top looked like before I attached the legs. The sides, front, and back piece go under the top boards so that they won’t add width. The 4×4 leg would not be flush if you added it the other way.
I used wide metal braces to attach the legs. Make sure your bench is on a flat, level surface when you add the legs.
Since it is a tight space, the drill couldn’t fit in between the legs on the end. I marked where the brace needed to go and then screwed it in place white the leg sat on the floor next to the bench.
Not only is this a cute entryway bench, but it can be used as extra seating or as a coffee table. We don’t need a coffee table all the time. It tends to get in the way of my active boys if it is there all the time, but every now and then we have need of one during movie night or something and it is nice to be able to move it over.
Here are the other Minwax projects I have done this year:
This post was sponsored by Minwax but the thoughts, ideas, and opinions are all mine :)
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