DIY bench and my finished entry

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The last few weeks I have been on a bench hunt (for my entry) like a mad woman, and turned up nothing.  That's not entirely true.  I did find benches that would have been perfect, but at $500 on up they were perfectly out of my price range.  So I decided to build one.  $40 and a little effort later, I had myself an entry bench.
 
 

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I think I can call front half of the entry hall done now!

 
 
 
I used the Fancy X Farmhouse Bench plans from Ana-White (that woman has mad skills) and modified them a bit.  Here's the bench right after I put it together.  
 
 
 
I then used this method from The Friendly Home to give the wood an oxidized/weathered look.  Mine didn't turn out as deep gray as I was hoping, but I'm sure that's because I am THE most impatient person in the world and didn't let my solution marinate long enough.  I may end up giving it a watered down gray wash.  We'll see if I ever get around to it.  You can see the color a little better in the next two pictures.
 

 

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And, I'll tell you, this was easy to build.  If you haven't tried building furniture before you should give it a shot.  It makes you feel like a rock star afterwards.  I mean come on, you just built a piece of furniture!!! 
 
Have any of you built stuff from Ana's site before?  What did you build?  It's addicting isn't it!
 
| sources: DIY inlay mirror . hooks (covered in gold Rub n' Buff) |


14 comments :

  1. STOP IT RIGHT NOW! You built this? Oh Shelley, now you've don it girl. That's it, I'm building something today! This is amazing.

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  2. Love the bench and how the entryway is looking. I haven't built anything from her plans, but I've been thinking about it.

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  3. oooh yes! it is so perfect! love the rustic wood- warms up the space nicely!

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  4. Dang girl!! I am so impressed! It looks amazing in there. Hmmm... Now I want to build something.. :)

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  5. I love it!! I love how it's longer and goes the length of the hooks too- keeps the eye going. Looks fantastic!

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  6. I'm an Ana addict!!! That bench ROCKS! I love it. I want to build something really similar, but as a table, for our patio. Two thumbs up, it's really awesome.

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  7. Shut up!! You made that?! It is beautiful and I think better than anything you could have bought. I love it!! Well done my friend.

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  8. Shelley that is beautiful and major impressive. I'm a total hack but I agree that building something is the best. Wow, looks so good!

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  9. No way!!!! That looks awesome!!! This DOES make me want to build something. Way to go!!!

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  10. we built that bench and the matching table and I LOVE IT! Ana's stuff is so addicting

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  11. I just came across your site! Everything looks great, your bench is the "Brag Post of the Day" on our Facebook page! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Woman, there is no end to your awesomeness. How perfect this bench is for your entry, I love the lines of it AND the color!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I'm a sucker for Ana-White's site. Makes you feel like you can build/do anything!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to comment, you guys totally make my day!

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