DIY Benches for my Dining Table

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Hey guys!!  I’m back to share the new benches that I built for my new dining table!

DIY-BenchIf you missed the Restoration Hardware Dining Table that I built for $110 you can see that HERE!

The benches are just a small piece of the massive amount of furniture that I’m building for our new home but each room is starting to fill up :)  They are very easy and I was able to build 2 for about $70 making my entire dining set about $180!!

As always, we have the FREE Printable Plans available for you HERE or you can click the image below :)

print plans buttonAnd, of course, I’m sharing my how-to steps to help!

frame-and-top-of-benchI started making the top of the benches first.  This part is very easy!

assemble-bench-topBench tops – done :)  Now time for the legs.

pocket-holes-in-legsI cut the legs and drilled pocket holes in to them.

feetThen, I cut the feet.  Don’t let the angles scare you.  If you haven’t cut angles, these are easy :)  You just cut a 45 degree angle on half of each end.

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large-angled-piecesHere are all of my little angle pieces that give the benches so much character!

leg-bases-assembledI attached the legs to the feet with wood glue and Kreg pocket screws.

nail-angled-piecesI attached the small angle pieces first with wood glue and my Ryobi Airstrike Nailer.  If you don’t have a nailer, you can use finishing nails or drill pilot holes for wood screws.

attach-top-angled-piecesThen, I flipped them upside down and attached the longer angle pieces the same way

attach-foot-padsAnd added the foot pads with wood glue and my nailer.

attach-legsAfter all of the legs were assembled, I attached them to the bottom of the bench tops with wood glue and pocket hole screws.  I used my Ryobi Right Angle Drill to attach the braces to the frame.

assembled-benchThat’s it!  Time to finish!

Varathane-Carrington-Wood-Stain-500x740I stained both benches with one coat of Carrington stain to match my table.  Rust-Oleum and Varathane are by far our favorite stains :)  They are very rich in color and they dry in 1 hour!  Perfect for busy (and impatient) moms … and dads ;)

distress-table-edgesWhen the stain was dry, I used my favorite sander to distress the benches, all over.

polyI wiped the dust with a wet cloth and applied 2 coats of polyurethane (paying special attention to the tops because my kiddos will be eating here).

diy-dining-table-benchesThat was it :)  One reason we love DIY is because it frees up our budget to spend more on accessories!  I found the rug at World Market for about $150 for a 6×9 (Charcoal Basket Weave Jute Rug) and I found those awesome wicker chairs at Pier 1 for $99 each :)

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Build-a-Dining-Table-How-to

DIY-BenchLoving how my dining room is coming along!  I still have several more projects planned for this room but I am going to step away and move to another room for now :) I’ll be back soon too share!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Ashley

Like anything else you see in this room?  You can click the links below to get the info :)

Paint on walls

Flooring

Table

Bar Cart

Wine Bottle Crate Centerpiece

Curtains

Wall Art

 

  • Broc patine et Compagnie

    Hi, i love your work, thank you for your tutos ;-)
    I’m from France i follow you since a while, i wrote on my blog a post about your work, i hope you can see it.

    Khaoula

  • Susan Grens Hubbard

    Hey girls, can I ask what you use for your 4×4′s? I can only find treated wood or cedar in my area for 4×4′s. Do you use pine? Where do you find yours. I’ve been searching…..any help would be great!

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hi Susan,
      We get untreated pine 4×4′s at Home Depot but we are hearing they aren’t available everywhere. Have you tried a local lumber yard?

      • Susan Grens Hubbard

        Yes I went to ProBuild because my Home Depot (Florida) doesn’t carry them. ProBuild has cedar (don’t want to spend that much) and it will take 4-6 weeks to special order pine. Guess I’ll see if I can finagle an order with Home Depot :)

        Thanks!

  • Cecilia

    Your projects are awesome! I have that same rug in a different color, but I found that it sheds terribly and loses of lot of dirt and natural fibers. I finally decided to take it out, but every time I pass it by in the garage I want to bring it back in because I love it! I’m curious to know if you find the same thing.

    • http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/ Shanty2Chic

      Hey there! Thank you:) I have only had this one for about a month but I have the smaller sizes in the natural jute color and haven’t had a problem. I do vacuum them pretty regularly though so maybe that’s why??? Hope this helps :)