DIY Project: Farmhouse Bench

Natalie Dalpias

Article Posted By: Natalie Dalpias

of The Creative Mom

There’s hardly a DIY project that Natalie Dalpias won’t tackle. She’s the author of the blog The Creative Mom, where she has advice and DIY projects covering decor, cooking parties and more. Here, she shares with us her tutorial for a cute and practical farmhouse bench. 

I’ve been wanting to build my own pieces of furniture for a while now, so when I came across this DIY farmhouse bench plan from Ana White, I knew I had to try it out–with a few modifications. This bench really isn’t too hard. I actually built the entire thing 100 percent by myself, which really impressed my husband. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too.

This bench is 76 inches long, and can easily seat four adults. It is the perfect bench for anywhere in your house, or even outside. I’m using mine in my entryway, but it would also look adorable next to a dining room table, or imagine it out back by the firepit. A firepit bench is definitely next on my list.

Oh, and did I mention it cost less than $20 in lumber? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome!

Materials for the DIY Farmhouse Bench:

  • 7- 2×4 studs
  • 2.5 inch grabber screws
  • 2.5 inch pocket hole screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Stain or Paint

Tools:

  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Kreg Jig
  • Sander and 150 grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Countersink Drill Bit (comes with the Kreg Jig)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • Eye and Hearing Protection

Cut List:

  • 4- 2×4’s @ 76 inches
  • 2- 2×4’s @ 14 inches
  • 1- 2×4 @ 58 inches
  • 1- 2×4 @ 54 inches
  • 4- 2×4’s @ 15.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are parallel.
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 12.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are not parallel. (12.5″ from long point to long point).
  • 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8 inches. Both ends cut at 45 degrees off square. Ends ARE parallel.

Instructions for the Farmhouse Bench DIY Project:

Start by building your legs. For each leg, you’ll need your 15.5 inch boards, one 14 inch board, and one 12.5 inch board.

Use your Kreg Jig to drill your pocket holes.

Apply some wood glue to your joint, and screw your support pieces to your legs using your countersink drill bit.

Below is what your legs should look like once they are assembled.

After you’ve got your legs built, you will use your 54-inch board (on top) and 58-inch board (on bottom) to hook them together. You’ll also need two 13 3/8-inch boards (not pictured), which will be your diagonal supports. [Originally, this section mistakenly had reversed the position of the two boards. That error has been corrected. -ed.]

Next, you’ll assemble your top piece. You don’t have to hook the boards together, but I wanted mine super sturdy, since I have three kids who will do their best to ruin this bench, I’m sure. So I used my Kreg Jig to create pocket holes and screwed the boards together. If you are using this for an outdoor bench, I would recommend leaving a 1/4-to-1/2 inch space between the boards to allow for drainage.

After you’ve got your top and your bottom assembled, fill in any holes with wood filler (make sure you get the stainable kind if you are planning on staining). If you want the bench to look really sleek and smooth, you can putty or caulk the joints on your bench. I wanted mine to look more rustic, so I skipped the caulking.

Once the glue, putty, and caulk is dry, take your sander and sand everything smooth. I made sure to round the corners on my bench too.

Since I wanted a farmhouse look. I stained the top and painted the bottom of my bench white.

I used a Wipe-On Poly to finish the wood and add some durability.

Then I took my sander and lightly distressed the edges of the lower part of the bench.

My husband hates when I do this, but I know that after I put this much work into the bench, I would cry the first time my kids chipped or scratched it. So I beat them to the punch. Plus, I think it looks cuter distressed, and it’s my bench, so I get to decide.

Once your pieces are stained and painted, you’ll use some grabber screws and attach your legs to your bench top, from the underside. (I didn’t fill the holes that face the wall, or on the underside, since nobody will see them.)

All in all, this project only cost me about $20 in lumber. And it only took me two afternoons from start to finish, which included a trip to The Home Depot, drying time, and doing all the necessary mom stuff, like feeding children and taking them to school.

And doesn’t it look fabulous in my entryway? It is the perfect mix of sleek lines and rustic, farmhouse charm.

For $20, this DIY farmhouse bench is a project you should definitely tackle this weekend. You could even let your husband help if you want.

Natalie Dalpais describes herself as “a crafting,  DIY-ing, decorating, Photoshopping, handy-woman.” Her blog The Creative Mom has tons of fun and useful tutorials and inspiration. 

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