Hey guys!! I’m back to share the new DIY benches that I built for my new dining table!
If 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 🙂
And, of course, I’m sharing my how-to steps to help!
I started making the top of the benches first. This part is very easy!
Bench tops – done 🙂 Now time for the legs.
I cut the legs and drilled pocket holes in to them.
Then, 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.
Here are all of my little angle pieces that give the benches so much character!
I attached the legs to the feet with wood glue and Kreg pocket screws.
I attached the small angle pieces first with wood glue and my brad nailer. If you don’t have a nailer, you can use finishing nails or drill pilot holes for wood screws.
Then, I flipped them upside down and attached the longer angle pieces the same way
And added the foot pads with wood glue and my nailer.
After 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 right angle drill to attach the braces to the frame.
That’s it! Time to finish!
I stained both benches with one coat of Carrington stain to match my table.
When the stain was dry, I used my favorite sander to distress the benches, all over.
I 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).
That 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 🙂
Loving 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 and building these DIY benches with me!
Like anything else you see in this room? You can click the links below to get the info 🙂
Paint on walls
Wine Bottle Crate Centerpiece