How to Build a Farmhouse Bench (for under $20)

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One of my all-time biggest dreams is to partner with Home Depot on a project for my home. I grew up going to the Home Depot with my dad, and helping him on projects for our home, or getting “craft wood” for my mom to make decorations. Now my kids are doing the same thing with my husband and me. So you can imagine how excited I am to share this project I worked on with the Home Depot. Today I am over on their blog, sharing how to build a farmhouse bench for my entryway.

DIY Farmhouse Bench

These plans came from Ana White, and instructions from Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Farmhouse Bench

Oh, and this was the project that made me fall in love with my Kreg Jig. If you don’t have one, you should think about asking Santa for one, because it will change your furniture building life.

This farmhouse bench was super quick and easy. So easy, in fact, that I built it 100% all by myself. The only help I needed from my husband was carrying it into the house. It looks amazing in our entryway, and really opens the space up and adds a farmhouse feel to our home. (And how cute is my Doily Wreath in that giant frame?)

After I built my farmhouse bench, I added some super simple board and batten to my entryway. Um, hello. Isn’t it adorable? Get the full tutorial by clicking {here}

DIY Farmhouse Bench

 This bench cost LESS than $20? That’s a smokin’ deal. And it means that this is the perfect project for you to try yourself (and you can ask your husband for help if you want, I won’t judge).

how to build a bench

This would be the perfect bench next to a dining table, in the entryway like I have it, or even around the fire pit in the back yard. The sleek look and clean lines of this bench really make it a show stopper, nobody will know you only spend 20 bones on this baby. And your husband will think you’re pretty cool, too.

Please click over to The Home Depot Blog to get the full plans and instructions.

*** please note *** I have had a lot of questions about what stain and paint I used for this bench. I used American Walnut from Rustoleum for my stain.

wood stain

And I used DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in “everlasting”- which is a bright, clean, vibrant white. This is the same paint I used on my farmhouse desk and I have loved the color, the finish, and the way it’s held up. Also, the application process couldn’t be easier (I use it in my finishmax sprayer). This is the only paint I use on my furniture.

chalk paint


And, if you like this bench, you might like some of my other DIY home projects:

2x4 bench

Sturdy 2×4 Garden Bench


Plank top Coffee table

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Table (Ikea Hack)


DIY Picture Frame

Jumbo Picture Frame


 Pallet wall art (without the pallet)


 DIY Cafe Shelves


 Wooden Planter Box Centerpiece


  1. Erin says

    Am I right in thinking you don’t need a compound mitre saw, just a regular ole mitre saw will do it? Nothing is cut one 2 angles, right?

  2. Greg C says

    I made a slight modification – I used two 2 x 8s as the seat instead of 2 x 4s. Cost was the same, made for a more even seat. Otherwise, loved it!

  3. GT says

    Hello – I’ve made all of my cuts, but with each leg, I find that the top piece (14″ cut) does not sit flush with the two boards that support it. Is this normal?

    • Steffanie Schaeffer says

      I’m wondering the same thing. The attachment will need to be strong, but it won’t be possible to use the Kreg Jig for this angle. I’m about to build this bench. If you came up with an answer (since your comment was a year ago) can you share your solution? Otherwise, I’ll figure it out. Hope your bench building went well!

        • Steffanie Schaeffer says

          Thanks, Natalie. I’m halfway through building my first one. I’m trying to understand the diagonal braces. Is their purpose to give extra support to the legs so they don’t splay? If so, they would need to attach directly to the legs. If the purpose is to give extra support to the seat, then they make sense the way they are. Also, I’ve seen them in the reverse direction, but don’t understand the purpose. Are they purely decorative? I’m building several of these for my classroom. They need to be strong as a brick. Thanks!

  4. Tamara says

    I am making the bench right now following the home depot directions but I can’t figure out how high from the ground you attached the first brace to the side legs to create a full leg. WOW that doesn’t make sense. I am doing the very first step but have no idea how high to attache the first piece. I am worried that will effect the cross bars later. Any tips?

      • Tamara says

        Wonderful! Thank you. I followed a mix of your and ana whites plans and figured out you did 2 inches from the ground and also 1 1/2 from the sides on the top. (for anyone else who tries to build it) It turned out great! Thanks for the fantastic tutorial Natalie!

  5. K..C. says

    Love the bench for my front porch that I have given a facelift, to. My dad and I are building this together. It was a little more than $20 but worth it! Ty!

  6. says

    It’s AWESOME & exactly what we need in a few places in our new home. For $20 – I can make one for each spot. FABULOUS!


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