Wood Bench - $12.00
Here is a easy to make wood bench with a painted distressed finish. The bench is a pattern from Knock Off Wood. It took just a few hours to make and paint. I am planning on using this bench in my laundry area and making another one for outdoor use.
The supplies used were
2x12x8 - pine board
1x4x8 (2) – pine board
First follow the pattern and cut out your wood to the correct measurements and assemble. I did countersink all my screws since this would be a painted bench. I filled in the holes with wood putty and sanded the whole bench. I then add one coat of primer. I always use primer on bare wood it will save you in paint. The wood just absorbs like crazy so using primer first seals the wood and gives you a good base for painting. I am partial to Kiltz but any brand will do.
After priming comes the fun paint technique part. First you apply a base coat of your base color. I used a buttermilk color, a pale creamy yellow.
For the next step you will paint the bench your top coat. No surprise here, I used my favorite Behr’s Liquid Blue. I promise my next project will not be blue.
After the paint has completely dried, it is time to sand. A note: if you want to use more than 2 colors you can, just add more wax between coats.
I tried using a sanding block to sand the paint off, it did not work very well. It did not remove the paint in a pattern that looked worn. I ended up using 150 grit sandpaper.
Be careful when making the angle cuts of the side pieces I used the measurements given instead of measuring my piece of wood. My mistake, every piece of wood measures different and for the best cut, measure!
This is a great sturdy bench that can fit in just about anywhere. A longer size would be great for a kitchen table bench.