Sunday, January 29, 2012

Entryway Bench How-To


 
When I met my husband, Eric, in high school he informed me he belonged to a "band". My husband was the lead "guitarist". The reason I used the quotation marks is because the band never had any gigs, never practiced, and I'm not sure all of them even owned an instrument. Anyway, one of the other members of the band, Big Brad (there's a Little Brad too), who was initially the "manager" and later promoted to "lead singer", not only went to high school with Eric, but they also roomed together in college AND they moved across the country to go to the same medical school. The reason I share this is that I feel like I've known Brad for a long time and consider him one of my good friends. Eric and I got married before moving to Milwaukee, while Brad was still a bachelor. Brad met his sweet wife during medical school, and I was a little nervous meeting her for the first time because I knew if they were to get married we'd be seeing a lot of her. Not just during medical school but for the rest of our lives. Fortunately we clicked immediately, and she became one of my best friends. I love her like a sister. I got a request from her over the weekend to post a tutorial on our entryway bench. So naturally it moved up to the top of the priority list. Here you go, Jana.

I have used Ana-White.com for most, if not all of the furniture I've made for our home.

Here is the link for the plans to this bench.
I picked this bench because our entryway isn't very big and this was small enough that I didn't have to make any alterations to the size.

Ana makes it easy by giving you a shopping list, cut list, and pictured directions. It really makes it doable for anybody.

We don't have a large vehicle so I have Home Depot make enough cuts for me to be able to fit the pieces into my car. If I'm doing a project when it's cold outside I like to have them cut it all. I hate spending time out in our garage making cuts when it's so darn cold!

Ana has the shopping list and cuts on her site so I won't repeat that, but I always come up with a plan on what cuts need to be made to each board prior to going to the store. For some reason when I shop at Home Depot I always feel a little overwhelmed, get a little distracted and as a result can't think as clearly. I'd like to think it's because I have two kids in tow demanding attention. However, I was there on Saturday without the kiddos, and I don't think the kids are completely to blame. Anyway, also make sure you have nails, wood glue, and wood putty.

Another reason I liked making this bench is because it's put together by nails instead of screws so there was no predrilling/countersinking needed.

Refer to the diagrams on Ana's site on how to assemble the bench.

Once nailed together I used a nail set. They are cheap and look like this:



The reason you want to use this is so that you can hammer finish nails below the surface of the wood, to allow for wood putty to be applied. You use it like so.




After the nails are below the surface, you then can putty, sand, and paint your bench.


In Ana's bench plan there is a ledge on the bottom shelf created by the two 1"x2" boards. I didn't want that ledge so I lowered the bottom 1"x2" boards so that they would be flush with the shelf that holds the basket. As pictured below. (You may need to refer to the plans to completely understand what I'm talking about.)



I also added trim around the base to beef it up a bit. I put in on the sides and front:


If you are needing a bench and are a beginner builder this is a great place to start!

This bench cost about $40 in lumber. I had the wood filler, sandpaper, and paint on hand. I also bought the baskets from Target for around $10 to $12 dollars a piece.

Linked to:
Made By You Monday
Vintage Mauve
Miss Mustard Seed 
Dwell on Joy 

28 comments:

  1. It has inspired me to build one for my entry way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can do it! You can DO IT! (That's Ryan's favorite saying these days.) :)

      Delete
  2. Charming bench...love those baskets!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  3. About how much do you think you spent on this?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Rachel, I spent about $40 on lumber, then you have to think about wood filler, sandpaper, and paint which I had on hand. The baskets were from Target and cost about $10 to $12 each. Hope this helps!

      Delete
  4. This is just too cute! I love multi-purpose items like this! Plus, it's an inspiration to get building! :-)

    I'd love if you would link up your project to my new link party.

    Mauvin' Monday

    Cheers,
    Jessica, your new Linky follower.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Kristi!! Saw this on Skip to My Lou Link Party and had to check your post out!! So glad I found your blog!!

    I just love the bench! Great work!! What type of lumber did you use? Pine or something else?

    I am your newest follower. Please come visit my blog and say hello. I love visitors and comments! Lets keep in touch with GFC and LF!

    Have a great week!

    Heather @ settingforfour.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Heather! I just used pine for the bench. Thanks for stopping by and saying "hi"!

      Delete
  6. Your bench looks fabulous! Great work!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nicely done...you can build one for my entry way when you have some spare time! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. So cool! That would look great in my entryway! Thanks for sharing at Dwell on Fridays!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi there! Featuring your project at Dwell on Fridays tomorrow! Come grab a button!

      Delete
    2. Awesome!! I will certainly stop by again!

      Delete
  9. That is so awesome!! I am amazed at your can do spirit. I would not have thought to get stuff pre cut at the lumber yard. I really think I could do this if I can get a hold of those patterns you use. Thank you for the post. I saw you at Chatty Chics!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for stopping by! You can definitely do this! :)

      Delete
  10. Great bench, looks like something right out of a pottery barn catalogue. I like the cute little signs too.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Seriously. You ALWAYS have the best projects. I'm in awe of your talent and skills, Kristi. So glad you linked this up at Mop It Up Mondays last week. This is a beautiful bench...would be perfect for my entryway!!
    The new party should be up shortly! Hope you can stop by and link up some more amazingness!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

    ReplyDelete
  12. Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love it! Such a great job! You have the greatest projects!
    Melody
    ChattyChics.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hello! I stumbled on your blog as I was searching for DIY benches. What a beautiful job you did with yours! I checked the Ana-white website, and have a question about the shopping list. It calls for 4 - 1"x2" length 8', but with my calculations, shouldn't we only need 3 (I basically just added up the lengths of all the required cuts)? Or am I missing something? I am very new at this, so if I am missing the obvious, please excuse my ignorance. I would really appreciate your input on this.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Back links hold at all times experienced a lot of effect on
    the way in which clearly a site regarded browsing generator outcome pages of content (SERPs).
    Nevertheless, some time ago, your sets of rules were not made to give consideration to people
    young and old wishing to take advantage of provides by treadmill machine up on inlinks as a result of websites online which in fact have merely hyperback backinbound one-way one
    way back-shortcuts in it, certainly basically little text-based content associated with a substantial relevance.

    Buyer swiftly turned out to be commonly called "web page website facilities" and thus were utilised from online businesses to raise any positions with
    their a variety of websites online.
    In addition rehearse, website owners very more often than not built
    definitely one landing page actually to house
    reciprocal web resources known as backlinks to your site web
    site. It had been spent on many most families setting up reciprocal
    connections to raised influence their website looking website effects and yet
    granted virtually not any genuine subject material.
    Oftentimes, reciprocal url buttons seemed to be especially trade connecting niche
    locations who had hardly any lead relevance together overly.
    Which means, in any web resources url blog page you might
    find a link towards a gift blog when the website hosting
    the connection revolved around middle aged people. It all clearly created very little perception usually incentive a really behind the scenes search engine status adjustments!


    Google had become the primary important yahoo and google to start out checking out
    the way to pay back high-quality urls which had meaning and additionally put in articles and other
    content and articles onin a resource location other than advantageous savvy and modern, but a little dishonest practices concerning unfaithful google outcome by
    means of backroom options and then ebony chapeau functions.

    They prevented working with back links being a determinant of good history,
    as well as grew this algorithm to look for distinct value links in addition to penalizing hyperwebsite url farms as well as other black colored baseball baseball cap maneuvers.

    A new inbound link is in fact simple. Right now one additional
    rrnternet site sites a good Domain name affiliate
    web site for their resource location this url buttons right away on
    yuor web blog, it's known as another oneway link.
    Energy back-links imperative? Simply since they benefit produce website visitors to your web site, and also as they definitely help out improve search engine page results internet search results place.
    Pretty much everything using just a simple and easy backchek out your webblog? That is correct! Still not until you recognize the differences between sorts url links together with realize how to benefit from the best mix of varieties to have the the vast majority of visitors to your webblog. seo link builders
    Make the extra effort, but, because there are quite a few benefits to each and every somewhat one way link, considering that you have used them wrongly any sort of an untrustworthy combo you could potentially finish with basically cutting your marketing in error.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Don't buy a very deep and very tall entry bench with coat storage cubbies if your entry is a long, very narrow hall. You'll feel dwarfed and cramped along side it.

    ReplyDelete