I used Ana's website and found the plans for this awesome and adorable bench! I placed it on my front porch at my house and it really brings a feeling of "home" to the outside! The best part about it is that I only used six 2x4s and the cost was under $18! (If I would have read the first direction about cutting the long pieces first then I could have avoided going back to Home Depot for an additional 2x4 lol) Also- if you have never done a miter cut before that has to be a precise length, make sure to cut the board longer than what the plan says and then cut the angles. I made the mistake of making a cross cut at 13" and then making the 45° angle, causing it to be too short.
I first sanded everything, stained it with Minwax "Jacobean" color, sanded it again (220 grit) then used the protective finish. I sanded it lightly once more and then reapplied another coat of the finish.