I had many of these 2×4’s left after making my lumber storage benches, so I decided to make some easy 2×4 benches.
I made some years ago that were a little different from Jamie’s old deck wood.
My friend Becky at Beyond The Picket Fence is a whiz at building small benches/stools out of 2×4’s. So I decided to use up these extra pieces to make some for Glendale.
I also had quite a few 2×6’s laying around.
I started with a simple 2×4 box, using Gorilla Wood Glue and screws to secure the four pieces.
I guess I was having so much fun building the small benches I forgot to take some in-progress pictures. You an see that I had several going on at once. Such random things on my work table. ERA—holds paint, a Coke for me, and Louie’s prescription that Jamie’s dad picked up for me at the vet. Totally off subject, but I use to love to took at pictures from our friend Sharon S. on the HGTV Trash to Treasure Message boards…she had the neatest things in the background of her pics…always another project, and some random bits and pieces. Becky (Beyond the Picket Fence) is from that group…. that’s where we met.
A close-up so you can see how I attached my legs. Most of these benches were dependent on the size 2×6’s I had. I cut them in half lengthwise to make the two parts of the seat.
This little red one is the first one I finished.
The paint I used was a little too “flat” to suit me, so I grabbed some Minwax Express Clear to give it a little protection and some sheen. EASY peasy!
You can see I was a painting fool this day! I was slapping paint on right and left! I tried to mimic Becky’s paint technique—which I’ve always LOVED! I think I did pretty good for my first try. I didn’t distress the white bottoms like Becky does… I tried using some stain like she does, but I couldn’t pull it off.
blue-gray bench stool
One of these things is NOT like the other—do you remember that little ditty from Sesame Street? Can you spot which one is different? Do you have a preference?
See other fun benches below