My new little entryway area has been my favorite place to look at these days. Maybe it’s because for a while it was the only spot in my house that was clean. Or maybe it was because I am just head over heels in love with my new DIY Rustic Farmhouse Bench. Either one of those works for me; ) Last week I promised I a tutorial on how to build my new bench! So time to get out those tools and let’s build some furniture!
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I built this bench specifically to house these adorable galvanized bins (from walmart.com) so if you want to use something else, you may need to adjust the measurements.
3 – 1×4’s @ 8′ (this leaves you with an extra 4′ piece)
3 – 1×6’s @ 8′
2 – 1×6 @ 6′ (You may be able to substitute this with scraps)
1 – 1×2 @ 8′
Kreg Jig & 1 1/2″ screws
DIY Wood Stain
5 – 1×4’s @ 4′
9 – 1×6’s @ 20″
6 – 1×6’s @ 16 1/2″
4 – 1×2’s cut to size approx 21 3/4″
– I used wood glue in all my joints, and I suggest doing this for a stronger build.
– Always make sure you square up your project as much as possible.
– Check for straight boards when purchasing, they can be warped.
– I often find bundles of scrap 1×6’s at Home Depot or Menards for less than $3 eliminating the need for the 2 1×6’s @ 6′. Might want to check for that to save on cost!
How to Build a Rustic Farmhouse Bench
1. Make all your cuts (listed above) except for the 1×2’s I suggest measuring those each individually to fit in place.
2. Make the legs. Take 3 1×6’s @ 20″ and attach using pocket holes and 1 1/2″ PH screws. I also added a pocket hold at the top of each 1×6 to attach the top of the bench where the red x’s are. Repeat for the other 2 legs.
3. Build the top. With your 5 1×4’s attach using pocket holes and 1 1/2″ PH screws. When placing your middle set of pocket holes you want them to be slightly off center because you will be placing one of the legs in the center of these and you can’t screw into a screw ; ) Not that I would ever do that or anything!
4. Sand all your pieces. I also went ahead and finished my legs, top, and my 16 1/2″ 1×6’s because I was building in my basement and it was just easier for me to stain before fully assembling the bench. I used my DIY Wood Stain, except I left the coffee grinds out of this batch. You can see how to make that here. The good thing about it is that the fumes aren’t bad so I can stain it inside : ).
5. Attach the legs to the top. Starting with your center leg, attach using your pocket holes and PH screws. Center your leg with the center of your top piece when attaching.
Then you can attach the 2 outer legs. My legs have a 21 3/4″ space between them.
This leaves for about a 1 1/8″ overhang of the top piece.
6. Shelf supports. Attach your 1×2 shelf supports using a pocket hole and PH screws. Your 1×2’s should be about 9 3/4″ from the bottom of your 1×4’s. This will leave a slightly bigger space in the top section than the bottom, but that’s because you have to account for the 1×6 the buckets actually sit on. : )
7. Nail Shelves Down. Next you will just simply nail down your 1×6 shelves for your adorable galvanized bins!
8. Finish. Like I mentioned, I decided to stain mine before I fully assembled it just because it was easier for me. But here is how I finished my bench. I applied 2 coats of the DIY Wood Stain I mentioned before (minus the coffee grinds). Just a little FYI it looks kinda weird until you seal it. It has a very flat looking finish when dry (see picture below). After both coats were dry I applied 2 coats of the Zinsser Clear Satin Shellac. I decided to go with this because it dries so quickly. You can certainly use a poly if your prefer.
Now you can just enjoy your new piece of furniture and admire your work! I hope you love this bench as much as I do!! Have a beautiful day and happy building!
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