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.
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.
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!