This farmhouse bench is so cute! I can’t wait to show you guys how I built it! I’ve been wanting to build my own pieces of furniture for a while now, so when I came across this DIY farmhouse bench plan from Ana White, I knew I had to try it out–with a few modifications. This bench really isn’t too hard. I actually built the entire thing 100 percent by myself, which really impressed my husband. I know that if I can do it, you can do it too.
It is 76 inches long, and can easily seat four adults. It is the perfect bench for anywhere in your house, or even outside. I’m using mine in my entryway, but it would also look adorable next to a dining room table, or imagine it out back by the firepit. I actually built a 2×4 garden bench that I use by my firepit- seriously, check it out, it’s adorable.
Oh, and did I mention this farmhouse bench cost less than $20 in lumber? Yeah, that’s pretty awesome!
(And how cute is my Doily Wreath in that giant frame?)
Materials for the DIY Farmhouse Bench:
(Here’s a little tip: I buy everything from the Home Depot online, then I just click the “pick up in store” option, and they have everything on a cart and ready for me when I get there. It’s AMAZING! I’ve linked everything you need here, so just click on the links, then add to your cart and pick it up at your local Home Depot. You can find all the details for in store pickup here.)
- 7- 2×4 studs
- 2.5 inch grabber screws
- 2.5 inch pocket hole screws
- Wood Glue
- Wood Filler
- Stain or Paint (I used American Walnut stain from Rustoleum and DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in “everlasting” for the paint)
- Miter Saw
- Kreg Jig This was the project that made me fall in love with my Kreg Jig. If you don’t have one, buy one right now! They are less than $100 on Amazon, and it will change your furniture building life.
- Sander and 150 grit sandpaper
- Drill (this Ryobi drill/ driver kit is what I have and I LOOOVE it!)
- Countersink Drill Bit (comes with the Kreg Jig)
- Measuring Tape
- Eye and Hearing Protection
- 4- 2×4’s @ 76 inches
- 2- 2×4’s @ 14 inches
- 1- 2×4 @ 58 inches
- 1- 2×4 @ 54 inches
- 4- 2×4’s @ 15.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are parallel.
- 2 – 2×4 @ 12.5 inches. Both ends cut at 10 degrees off square. Ends are not parallel. (12.5″ from long point to long point).
- 2 – 2×4 @ 13 3/8 inches. Both ends cut at 45 degrees off square. Ends ARE parallel.
Instructions for the Farmhouse Bench DIY Project:
Start by building your legs. For each leg, you’ll need your 15.5 inch boards, one 14 inch board, and one 12.5 inch board.
Use your Kreg Jig to drill your pocket holes.
Apply some wood glue to your joint, and screw your support pieces to your legs using your countersink drill bit.
Below is what your legs should look like once they are assembled.
After you’ve got your legs built, you will use your 54-inch board (on top) and 58-inch board (on bottom) to hook them together. You’ll also need two 13 3/8-inch boards (not pictured), which will be your diagonal supports. Make sure you use wood glue at each joint.
Next, you’ll assemble your top piece. You don’t have to hook the boards together, but I wanted mine super sturdy, since I have three kids who will do their best to ruin this bench, I’m sure. So I used my Kreg Jig to create pocket holes and screwed the boards together. If you are using this for an outdoor bench, I would recommend leaving a 1/4-to-1/2 inch space between the boards to allow for drainage.
After you’ve got your top and your bottom assembled, fill in any holes with wood filler (make sure you get the this stainable kind if you are planning on staining). If you want the bench to look really sleek and smooth, you can putty or caulk the joints on your bench. I wanted mine to look more rustic, so I skipped the caulking.
Once the glue and wood filler is dry, take your sander and sand everything smooth. I made sure to round the corners on my bench too.
I used a Wipe-On Poly to finish the wood and add some durability.
Then I took my sander and lightly distressed the edges of the lower part of the bench.
My husband hates when I do this, but I know that after I put this much work into the bench, I would cry the first time my kids chipped or scratched it. So I beat them to the punch. Plus, I think it looks cuter distressed, and it’s my bench, so I get to decide.
Once your pieces are stained and painted, you’ll use some grabber screws and attach your legs to your bench top, from the underside. (I didn’t fill the holes that face the wall, or on the underside, since nobody will see them.)
All in all, this project only cost me about $20 in lumber. And it only took me two afternoons from start to finish, which included a trip to The Home Depot, drying time, and doing all the necessary mom stuff, like feeding children and taking them to school.
For $20, this DIY farmhouse bench is a project you should definitely tackle this weekend. You could even let your husband help if you want.
Please click over to The Home Depot Blog to get the full plans and instructions.
And, if you like this bench, you might like some of my other DIY home projects: