Do you have a space in your home that needs more seating? An entryway? A living room? A porch? I’m guessing that’s probably the case for all of us. Couches, benches and chairs can all be quite expensive. Well, I have a solution for you: A simple, inexpensive, beautiful and fully customizable bench.
This DIY farmhouse style bench took me about an hour to make and it cost me $30. Check out the simple step-by-step instructions below and then if you’re looking for other farmhouse style decor for your home, check out this $5 DIY Blanket Ladder.
Stain – Your choice of color
Step 1: Cut a 2×10 pine board down to 4 feet long. Many stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, will do this for you free of charge. Otherwise you can use a table saw to cut it.
Below you can see how they cut down an 8-foot board into 3 sections for me. It made it really easy to transport too!
Step 2: Use an orbital sander to sand down the board, making it smooth. This is important so that no one gets a sliver when they sit down on your bench.
Step 3: Use a tack cloth to remove all dirt and sawdust from the board.
Step 4: Fill any large holes in the board with stainable wood filler. It’s important to make sure that you purchase STAINABLE wood filler. Use a putty knife to push the wood filler into the holes, overfilling them just slightly. Wait for the wood filler to completely dry.
Step 5: Sand down the areas where you put wood filler. You want to create a perfectly smooth surface for your bench.
Step 6: Stain the board. I chose to use Minwax Special Walnut Wood Stain. To stain it, I simply dipped a rag in the stain and spread the stain over the board as evenly as possible. Allow the stain to fully dry.
Step 7: Attach the hairpin legs to the bench. First mark the holes with a pencil.
Then drill the holes for the screws.
Then attach the legs by putting in the screws.
Step 8: Spray the top and sides of the wood board with polycrylic spray to protect it. I put on 3 coats of spray to ensure adequate protection.
Now you’ll have a gorgeous bench to put anywhere in your home! Plus, it was inexpensive and easy to make so you can feel good about it every time you look at it.
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