Saturday, March 12, 2011

DIY X Brace Entry Bench

I built an entryway bench for our friends.

Using Ana White's x bench as a guide I modified the size to fit the space.
(This bench measures 34"w x 19"h x 18"d.)
Now they have a landing spot for visitors.

Progress pictures:

All assembled and ready to finish.

To finish I did the following:

1. one coat paint with primer (Behr French Roast, semi gloss finish)
2. sanded 120 grit, then 220 grit for ultra smooth finish
** absolutely necessary if you want a smooth, smooth surface **
3. two coats paint with primer (one could have done it but I wanted it perfect)

For the cushion:
1. Cut 2" high density foam to fit bench:

2. Cut fabric to fit, top and bottom pieces, gutter piece and make piping:

3. Finished cushion cover:

Fits perfect in it's new home and fun to build.


  1. Ok, I feel like such an underachiever now...LOL. All that aside, I love the bench. Very inviting in an entryway.

    Linen & Verbena

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  3. Love the bench! I am super obsessed with benches lately and want one for every room. Love the cushion-great job!

  4. good job! Your paint finish is impeccable! I am so lazy that i never sand my pieces very well :( Details, details... so hard

  5. Your bench looks great. I'm partial to dark stain, so great call. Dropping by from Met Monday. When you have time, come see the chairs I had recovered.


  6. Love this bench and cushion--fantastic job!

  7. Great job! I'm a little scared of constructing things, but have no problem reconstructing. maybe one day I will be brave!

  8. Beautiful!! I have been dying to get a bench like this for our front hallway. This is great!

  9. Wow, I'm so impressed you made this! Looks great! Just came across your blog today and I'm a new follower.

  10. Hi, I'm stopping by from Handmade Tuesday at Ladybug Blessings. Your bench turned out so well and looks very professional. Great job! Ana has the best patterns.

  11. LOVE.IT! GREAT JOB!!!!

  12. I can't believe you are building all these pieces - I'm just so impressed. Well and a little jealous too. I would love to be able to do something like that.

  13. Incredible. I *so* want to build a piece of furniture someday!

  14. Love it! I'm inviting you to link this to my Inspiring Thursday Party.

  15. wow. I can't believe you built that. so cool!