Love how our long version turned out

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 01/03/2016 - 19:39

We decided to make our bench 5.5 feet long, without a supporting middle piece. Inside the top storage there is a middle piece of wood supporting the top. So far this is holding up really well and seems very sturdy so I am not worried about the length. The plans were relatively easy to follow, and having the wood cut at the store helped although it was not 100% accurate. For us, the wood alone cost around $100. I also chose to paint the top rather than staying the entire thing, which ended up adding to the cost. I would guess that this entire bench cost around $150 to make, including supplies and paint, and multiple weekends work since I was working only during our twins nap time. But totally worth it! We are getting so much use out of this, and it gets complimented every time people see it.

Estimated Cost
150
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
High-grade pine
Finish Used
Dark minwax stain on base, red chalk paint with furniture wax polish on both top and base.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner