Saturday, June 14, 2014

Build a stool or bench in no time!

I'm short!  There, I said it! I can't reach the top shelf in my kitchen and I have always resorted to crawling up on the counter like a 3 year old trying to get to the cookie jar.  It's UGLY!  I finally decided to make a kitchen stool that serves as an extra seat at the table and a fine way for me to reach the top shelf in my cabinets without breaking a leg!  The awesome thing about this stool is that you can paint it to match your decor in minutes!  I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and DecoArt stencils and I love the way it turned out.  Extend the support and top wood board and you have a bench that seats 3 people!  

Watch the video tutorial
2 (1” x 12”) pine boards, 17” long
1 (1” x 12”) pine board, 13” long
1 (1” x 12”) pine board, 18” long
12 (2-inch) finishing nails
Wood Glue
 Draw a line down the center of both sides of each of the two 17" long boards
Add glue to the line and position the 13" long board on the line
 Flip it over and nail the 17" board to the 13" board
Add glue to the other side of the 13" board 
Center the other 17" board on top and nail it in place
This creates the bottom of your bench
 Center the seat (the 18" board) on top of the base
Adhere it to the base with more wood glue
Draw a line through the center and along the sides directly above the 17" boards on the base
This will help you place your nails
Nail the seat in place
Paint the entire bench in Lace
Stencil 4 rows of the harlequin on each side of the seat with Serene
Stencil the harlequin on both sides of the bench 
 Stencil the French Bakery Stencil in the center of the seat with Relic 
Using the straight edge of the stencil, add a frame around the seat
When dry, coat the entire bench in the Light Satin Varnish
When the varnish is dry, paint on a small amount of creme wax and rub it off with a damp cloth to give it an aged look 

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