Hey guys! I just finished one of my favorite DIY projects yet! I have been wanting a vintage looking bench for my entry for quite sometime and our awesome friend Ana White came to the rescue, once again!
She sent me a picture of this bench…I fell in LOVE immediately and with Ana’s Vintage DIY Bench plans, I was able to recreate this bench for only $100!
Here she is;) I am slightly in LOVE!
I will be honest and say that I was TERRIFIED to build this. I am not experienced with my router and the idea that I would have to cut the detailing on that bottom board ~ which is what makes this bench so unique and vintage looking ~ was almost enough to turn me off completely! Well, I loved it so much that I decided to give it a go and it was NOT hard at all! I will share a few steps that made it easier for me and a few pictures of my building process as well!
Again, a huge thank you to Ana White for the Vintage DIY Bench plans!
Then I used this super, hi-tech strategy… I traced the detail from the first side on a scrap piece of printer paper, flipped it over on the other end and traced it ~ pressing down on the paper hard enough to leave an indention in the wood. I then just ran my pen over the indention and I had perfectly matching ends! I used my Dremel Trio to cut the detail but any router or jig saw will do. (A sander will be your best friend here…. it cleans up all of the imperfections;)
Okay, this is my favorite part of the bench;) I just discovered PureBond ~ it is a Formaldehyde-free, decorative hardwood plywood that is not only better for the environment, it is BEAUTIFUL! It paints and stains better than the plywood we have built with in the past and it is very comparable in price! I was completely sold on it after seeing it in person at the Haven conference….so much so, that I returned the huge sheet of plywood I purchased before the conference, and exchanged it for PureBond! I used my Kreg Jig Rip Cut to cut it down and again, this nifty gadget is the bomb! It is inexpensive and is a great alternative to purchasing a table saw!
Here she is before paint:) Notice how pretty the birch Purebond is on the backing… beautiful even before the finish!
I used the Vaseline technique to distress this beauty! I started with 1 coat of Rust-Oleum Espresso spray paint (in satin finish).
I was so impressed at how pretty this paint was! I have never been a fan of painting wood brown (I prefer stain) However, I called Whit as soon as I used this and told her that I want to finish a piece of furniture with it now! It is so rich and the color is gorgeous!
I can’t wait to bring this beuty in and show her off in my entry:) Again, I was so intimidated to build this but I stuck to it and it was not hard at all! I have only been building furniture for 2 years and never thought I would be able to build a piece that had any kind of detail to it! If I can do it so can you! It’s all about having the right tools and if you can follow a recipe you can follow building plans! My first build ever was this Pottery Barn Inspired Storage System and it is still being enjoyed today. Here are a few other pieces of furniture I have built, for our home, in the past 2 years…. Outdoor patio furniture, side tables, storage bed, coffee table, night stands…. this is just a few (it’s addicting;). Start with something small and keep challenging yourself!
If you love my bench, I would so appreciate pins below:)