Hey hey guys! Happy FRIDAY!
I am so please with how this last project turned out! I have been itching to build an upholstered ‘something’ in my house which led me to this!
How fun is that? This is such a simple build! You can download there free plans HERE, or by clicking on the button below. I will walk you through the whole build below like always! I had our good friend Jay of Jay’s Custom Creations put my design into a printable plan for you guys… He is awesome! Make sure to check his site out too!
So… let’s talk about this fabric! I sort of kind of love it. I found it on my very favorite fabric store…
You can check out the fabric HERE!
I started by cutting the plywood for this product. The bottom piece of plywood has squares cut out for the legs. I used my Ryobi Jig Saw for this part.
I started by tracing the squares on each corner.
Then, I cut one line like this…
Next, I cut the second line and that’s your square!
I did all four corners and moved on to the pocket holes. I used my K5 Kreg Jig for this part. We get asked all the time which Kreg Jig we use. Both of us used the K4 model for over two years before upgrading to the K5 model. They are both amazing, but the K5 has some new features making it even more user friendly and efficient. You can see that model HERE on Amazon!
I used 3/4″ pocket holes for all of the holes on the bottom shelf.
You will put pocket holes on all 4 sides.
My next step was attaching the trim pieces. Our plans show the sizes of these, but I would remeasure on each side to get the exact length for this part. Measure twice… Cut once. 😉
You will attach the trim through the pocket holes. I also added a thin line of Gorilla Wood glue to all of my joints on this part.
Make sure to also add your pocket holes to the ends of the trim before attaching them. I speak from experience on this part…. Totally forgot. Oops! I had to go back with my Kreg R3 Jig to add the trim pocket holes on this part. I would have saved lots of time doing it the right way the first time! You will see in the photo below that my trim pieces are missing my pocket holes. Darnit.
Once you have the trim pieces added, you will attach your legs! Those legs…. I LOVE them!
I worked with Osborne Wood to design the legs for this bench. I love how they turned out! You can buy the legs for your own bench HERE! I used knotty pine for mine making the legs under $17 a piece… Babam!
I attached mine with a little help from my Kreg Right Angle clamp. This thing is so great. It’s like having an extra set of hands. One end fits inside of a pocket hole and the other arm clamps to your other surface holding everything tight together.
I also added Gorilla Wood Glue to all of my joints.
My final step was adding my top runners. These will all get pocket holes that face up and on each end. You will use the pocket holes on the ends to attach to the legs, and you will later use those other pocket holes to attach the bench top.
Once I had all 4 legs attached, I gave the thing one coat of Varathane stain in Early American and let it dry!
I added some Vaseline to the stained bench using THIS method I shared here!
After doing that I painted the whole thing using a Sherwin Williams color called Antique White and let it dry really good!
Now for the top!
I started with my piece of plywood.
Next, I covered it with a piece of furniture foam from Online Fabric Store. THIS is the foam that I used. You don’t have to cut it at all… It comes the perfect size and ready to go.
It will lay right on top of the plywood like this…
Next, I covered this with a thin piece of batting. This will just soften the edges a bit when I cover it with fabric.
Next I laid my fabric on the ground good side down and turned the whole bench piece on top of it with the batting facing down.
I used my 18V Ryobi Airstrike Stapler to pull back the edge of the short side and attach it to the wood board. I used 1/2″ staples.
You want to pull snug but evenly as you are doing this part.
After doing the short sides I moved to my long sides and did the same thing. This will leave your corners loose and open!
I take my hands and fold them up a bit like an accordion and attach the corners down with staples like this…
The extra fabric on your corners can be cut so it’s not thick!
The bottom will look a bit like this!
No perfection needed people!
Before attaching it to the bench, I used my Ryobi Corner Cat sander to go over the edges of the bench. Wherever you put the Vaseline, the paint will just sand right off.
Now attach the bench top to the bench! I turned everything upside down for this part and used 1.25″ pocket hole screws through the bench pocket holes and into the cushion.
Once you have it all attached it’s time for nail heads! THESE are the nail heads that I used also found on Online Fabric Store!
I used exactly 3 bags of nails for my bench. I started by pushing them into the wood bench top.
I used THIS upholstery hammer to tap them firmly into place.
Once you have tapped them all into place, you are set!
Here she is all finished up!
How fun? I love how just a little fabric can add so much to a space!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions at all!