Colorful Country Bench

Colorful Country Bench

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.

Reclaimed wood and drawer sides

Reclaimed wood and drawer sides

Reclaimed wood cut for base

Reclaimed wood cut for base

Outside legs - made from reclaimed wood

Outside legs – made from reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood used to assemble the base

Reclaimed wood used to assemble the base

Using the drawer sides to assemble the top

Using the drawer sides to assemble the top

Colorful Country Bench

Colorful Country Bench