Seeing as now that I have a beautiful Farmhouse table in my morning room, probably the next step was to build something to sit on. I have made this bench once before from two barstools, but that one was upholstered. This one I made similarly, but wanted to completely refinish the stain on the legs and build a custom top. Similar inspiration was found for this at Ana-white.com, Here is a plan that would help with building this bench if you had to build the legs too, which I did not.
Here's what I did:
1. Grabbed the two barstools I am insistent on changing into something new and spectacular.
2. Removed the top cushion and board from the legs. This just took unscrewing the top.
3. I cut about 5 inches or so off of each leg, and then sanded the snot out of every.single.leg.side.and.top. side. With my orbital sander. This took forever and was very tedious.
|Here are the legs "naked".|
See that step here:
|Not sure what type of wood this was, but it was sooo hard to drill!|
5. Then it was time to build the top. I used yet another 12 inch flooring plank that matched the top of my farmhouse table. Then I started to add trim around it. 1 added 1x2's "flat" for the length of the board then two end pieces also "flat". Then I added another layer of 1x2's not "flat" but perpendicular to the trim. This created two "stacks" of trim around the bench.
|My son "helping" with the bench top.|
|I glued the side trim and viced them together. Then screwed the trim onto the plank.|
|Both sets of trim seen here.|
6. I then added the top to the legs with the same exact screws I took off of the leather tops. I filled in all holes on the wood top, and sanded it all to make it smooth with my orbital sander.
7. I stained it using the same stain mix I used for my Farmhouse table. This was a mix of minwax Providence and Ebony, a 3 to 1 mix. I did about 3 coats of stain. In the end it probably could have used another coat of stain. Its ok though, it still looks "rustic" enough.
8. I coated it with 3 coats of poly-crylic protectant. Here is the final product:
And with the table:
Hope you all enjoyed this project. Next, on to the chairs for the other side.