Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bench Tutorial

What a wonderful weekend we had!! The weather was warm (maybe a little too warm!) and there was plenty of sunshine. I got so much done outside. My hubby pressure washed and sealed the patio, I mowed lawn, and we spread two dumptruck loads of mulch! I even planted some flowers. I have a window box and another planter on the back of my house that are up high enough that they don't get hit with frost, which hopefully we won't get!

I also finished all of my outside projects with the exception of the garden bench. It's replacing an old one, so I didn't feel pressured to get it made this past weekend. Maybe I'll make it this weekend and turn it into a tutorial. I'll also post pictures later of my outside, once I add a few more flowers.

It's lightly raining on and off today, so I'm hoping to get stuff done inside. I have a couple of rooms that need "tweaked" and then I'll post more pictures of my home.

Today I want to share with you a tutorial on making a bench. These are so easy to make that I have 7 of them in my house and 2 outside! I'm posting pictures of the directions so that you can click on them and print them out.

I've made most of mine with a leg height of 15", but you can cut them shorter if you wish. If you want to make a little table top bench, use a 1x2 for the side and shorten the legs.

In these pictures, the top bench is made with a 1x8 for the seat and measures 25" long, the middle bench is made with 1x10 and is 31"long and the bottom bench is made with a 1x12 and is 38" long.

If you make any of my tutorials, please send me a picture by clicking on "view my complete profile" for my email address (I don't know how to add it to my sidebar yet!). I'd love to see what you've made and post it on my blog!


  1. Kris... my husband would like this. Thank you so much. And thanks, again, for a very interesting blog.

  2. Girl - you should have started a blog long ago!! I love those little benches and have several around my home as well. Can't wait to see your outside pictures. Should head on over to London, Ohio and help a fellow blogger with her gardens. Oh, my gardens/flowerbeds are FULL of weeds and they are so hard to get control of them. Any suggestions?

  3. That looks so wonderful. i am going to beg my dh to make some for me!! Dianntha

  4. What a wonderful blog! And a beautiful home, too. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it!

  5. Kris,
    It sure was beautiful weather that we had here in Ohio for the last few days.
    I just love your benches and how you have them displayed!! Thanks for sharing out to make them.

  6. Hi Kris!
    I just found your blog today and love all your ideas. (I tried to leave a comment this morning but had some troubles.Sorry if this duplicates.) I lived in NE Ohio all my life until I move to NC 3 years ago. I used to have a shop at the Ashtabula Mall and did a gazillion craft shows there over the years. I was wondering if our paths had ever crossed? I added you to my favs list and look forward to your posts!
    Hope your day was great!

  7. Kris,
    Oh boy!!! Another project for me....I'm running out of room for all my "goodies". Thanks for the great ideas!

  8. Love this idea. I stumbled onto your blog and I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Kris,
    Thank you so much for sharing your bench pattern. I've been wanting some of these for so long and your instruction are really good. I think I can do this by myself. By the way, I'm loving your blog and look forward to seeing more.
    Have a great day.

  10. Hi Kris,
    Thank so much for this tutorial. This will be my next project.See you soon.

  11. Hi Kris - isn't that the truth - finish one thing and more come up - or we think up more is more like it! LOL

    I need to share your bee skep tutorial with a freind. She will love it!

    hugs, Linda

  12. I am taking in all the goodies you have here...WOW, thanks! Beth

  13. Oh my gosh! Yes she did Artex! What memories that brings back!! Thanks for reminding me!

    Happy Mother's Day!!

  14. Love the benches and your blog is great!!! I'll have to try my had at them!!!

  15. oh my every thing is just beautiful and i love it all the horse inn sign i love i am drooling as i type wonderful

  16. Holy Smoke....what a brilliant blog Kris......I have linked back to you on my cash strapped crafting blog. I want to wake my husband up and find a 24hrs lumber yard and make me some stuff!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!! xxxRobby

  17. Kris,
    Checked out the benches again! They are still sooo cute! I am wondering what you used to paint them. I love the colors, and I notice that the wood grain shows through. Any tips for me? I would really apprreciate your "how to" on this.
    Thank you!!!
    Carma Hughes

  18. Kris,

    I came across your blog last night and really enjoyed it! I love the pictures of your adorable home and found your grubby candle instructions very helpful. I appreciate your willingness to share such information. The bench tutorial makes me think that I could actually build these cute benches! And the post about the winter greenery box was fantastic too! Love it, love it, love it!!!

    Thank you so much Kris! I think you might just be my new Prim friend!!

    Carma Hughes


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