This is just a basic country bench made from reclaimed wood. I built the base from 1″ x 6″ barn boards and the top is left over drawer sides from a construction site. I started with the base by cutting down a 1 x 6 board to the 18″ height then cutting the angles at the bottoms on a miter saw. The two sides are held together with 1 x 2’s which also serve as the support for the center board. The upper top supports are 2 1/2″ wide and about 4′ long. After the center board and upper supports are nailed in, I get started on the top. I cut the drawer sides to fit the width of the top of the bench, and then it was time to have some fun with color. I painted each piece with watered down paint then sanded them and added a bit of antique gel for a worn look. I didn’t do anything to the base except waxing it because I thought it looked perfect the way it was. The soft muted colors and the chipped away paint on this bench give it a very country home feel.
Colorful Country Bench
About the Author: Dora The Restorer
Hi, my name is Dora Rudolph, a.k.a. Dora the Restorer. I realized at a very young age growing up in Alaska, that I had an interest for building. My father would bring home pickup loads of scrap wood from jobs sites, which would be firewood in the winter and forts in the summer. I now reside in the Pacific Northwest with my husband of thirty-five years. We have four grown children, eight grandchildren, and four granddogs. My passion, second to working in my shop, is riding on the back of my husband’s Harley. Over the years, I have gradually taken over my husband’s power tools and of course, added more to the mix. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way but have learned with every new project. I have discovered that I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of taking a broken down, tired piece of furniture and making it sturdy and loveable once again.