In my last post I discussed dining room seating and how I had to come up with a less expensive plan for bench seating. Well I figured since I was able to accomplish the Crossbuck wainscoting in the dining room on my own that it was a good time to maybe try out one of Anna White's plans that I have been coveting for quite some time. If you do not know about Ana White head over to her site. She is amazing and has tons of plans that are knock offs of major brands. Plans that give you the look for far far less.
I ended up picking the Fancy X Farmhouse Bench Plan because I liked the idea of carrying the X pattern of the wainscoting into another area of our dining room.
|After reading Shanty 2 Chic's post about making the bench I was sold and felt like I really could accomplish it. I went out and purchased my wood. The wood cost me a little under $30 but I still had to purchase wood glue which was $5 and then the Pocket Hole Screws that the plan required which were $6 each for both sizes. I ended up only using the longer screws though.|
|It took me about 2.5 hours to cut all the pieces. I was extra careful and measured twice and cut once. After I cut them all I sanded them down.|
|Next up I did what Whitney did over at Shanty 2 Chic and used the nail gun to attach the end pieces together as well as wood glue. Note I was NOT taking a pic while I was using my nail gun. Littliest snapped this one!;)|
|I went with the 63 inch bench and made three of these x braces.|
|The next step of the plan requires you to purchase a countersink drill bit. I am not sure how much those cost. I took Whitney's advice and looked into getting a KregJig. After some research I decided to contact the fine folks at KregJig and asked them if they would like to send me one for this project and they agreed! I was thrilled to say the least because if I had to purchase one that would have thrown the whole budget out the window.|
|The KregJig was not only super easy to put together but so easy to use that Oldest who is 10 was able to help out!|
|Here it is all put together. It took about two hours for us mind you have had never built anything from scratch like this before. If you are use to building things then I am sure it goes much faster.|
|Next up I white washed the top with some paint I had on hand. You just dip the tip of your brush in water then in the paint and brush it on the wood.|
|I love how the wood came out! Looks like it has been outside weathering away for years.|
|I am now in the process of finishing up the bottom of bench and can not wait to share with you how it turned out! Yes, I know a reveal of it would have been wonderful but it is summer and thus my boys come first.|
Thank you to KregJig for helping me out on this project and Chanty 2 Chic for making it look so easy and to Anna for her awesome plan!
You can see the bench completed in our updated farmhouse dining room.