Seriously....winner gets a virtual high five...and a cookie. Not really. But take a guess anyway. No peeking!!
A bench!! I know, weird...but what else is new?
Let's get started on the how-to, shall we??
I started by cutting the footboard in half down the middle. These pieces became the sides of the bench. I used furniture dowels and drilled holes and attached the sides and...it's getting technical, sorry. Besides, it was dark outside at this point and I didn't get any pictures. So we'll skip the boring parts.
Once the frame was completed, I used scrap 1" plywood for the seat. I used L-brackets (seen below) to secure the bench seat.
Then, I added a brace down the middle and an "apron" in the front (also known as a 1x6 pine board).
Here's the underside with the bench laying on its back.
Now, before I get to the finished product, let me show you the spot on the back patio where I wanted this bench to sit.
Yepp, right there, on top of the ivy. Damn that ivy. I've been wanting it gone for 3 summers now. This spot serves no purpose and is wasted space on the patio where extra seating could exist. So I got to work. Has anyone actually ever ripped a patch of ivy out before? Me neither....and I never will again.
45 minutes in and this is where I'm at...
So I raked, and hoed, and shoveled, and scooped, and dug....for 2 hours!! Two full lawn bags later, my back ached, my arms were sore, and I was covered in dirt and sweat. Yuck. But I ended up with this....
Ok, so the bench. Here she is pre-paint:
studio downstairs that matched the fabric I wanted to use for the cushion.
And here she is painted up:
I haven't bought a foam cushion yet because they are expensive and I'm waiting for the next 40% OFF coupon from JoAnn's to come in the mail. So for now, the fabric provides a visual and I used 2 spare pillows that matched as well.
A comfy and colorful summer seat. Weekend project...Check!