Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My Shabby Bench is Done!

I finished this last week but was waiting for the drawings to be done to include with this post.  My husband put the dimensions to paper with a concept for folks who may wish to try their hand at making one.  It is not exactly like the one we built but you can easily make it so.

Here is my inspiration bench..


Here is my finished bench, in all it’s shabby glory.


The plans have it made from studier material instead of the 3/4 inch plywood I built it from.  I wanted to do the prototype from a material we had on hand and that is why I used the plywood. I did not know if my idea would pan out thus I had no wish to spend any $$ on it.

I first started with some basic dimensions.  I wanted the seat to be 18 inches from the ground and 18 inches deep.  I used circular items to make the curves.

Once the sides were done everything else was fairly straight cuts. We made a frame to support the seat.


We attached the sides to it with screws.  We will use the Kreg Jig for the next one but you could use self tapping screws and fill the holes or screw from the inside rather than thru the outside. 


I made the sides with the little joggle to support the back but a better design is to have the back attach inside the side panels, the drawings reflect that change.  Remember this was the prototype.


The frame will support the seat well enough even though it is plywood.


I painted it with homemade chalk paint, the Calcium Carbonate kind.  I need to distress it some yet.


I can’t decide yet if I want to paint some roses on the side panels yet.


I may add a padded seat..


I am working on the Subway art signs and getting them posted on my website.  Soon I think I will feature some on the blog.  Here is a sample of the Lake Rules signs..


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  1. Great bench. Yes, you MUST paint some of your lovely roses on it!

  2. It is beautiful--looks like a perfect spot to sit and rest! Thanks for linking up at Beyond the Picket Fence!

  3. its gorgeous, pam! and the painted rose would by icing on the cake!

  4. Wow the bench looks amazing! I'm a GFC new follower from a blog hop, if you could follow me back that would be great!

  5. Adorable bench!
    I would love if you came by my party to link this up - would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  6. Love the bench. It looks just like an old church pew. GREAT JOB.

    Im now following you. Please come visit me at and maybe you'll follow back?? THANKS. 8-)

  7. Beautiful!!! I am not that good to MAKE a bench from scratch!
    Yes, it looks like an old church pew, love those!

  8. Great idea - love the bench. Happy PINK Saturday!

    Jan ♥

  9. Love the bench!!!!I wouldn't add anything else to it. Great job on the creating. Happy Pink Sat.

  10. So cute! I want one for my front porch! I am featuring this at

  11. I love your shabby bench, how creative you are! I tried to download the plans, and I was successful with the 2nd and 3rd download, but the first download stated, That URL is not in the correct format for an document link. Could you "fix" the link? Thank you! I can't wait to build this bench.

  12. oh be still my shabby chic loving heart, that is wonderful! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  13. Love it! I can't believe you built it and then shared the plans - very generous! Adorable!

  14. I want it! I have to bookmark this page and show my husband. Maybe he can make something like this for my birthday in September. It would be the perfect gift!


  15. It DOES look like a church pew, Pamela! I love this! Great job, girlie - and thank you so much for sharing the diagrams!! :)

    xoox laurie

  16. Hi Pamela, when I first saw it I thought it WAS a church pew. you guys did a great job! I'll be featuring this post on Vintage Inspiration tomorrow! thanks for linking up.

  17. Wow! How did a fantastic job!

  18. I came over from Common Ground to see your bench up close and personal! Love the way it looks, both the original and the updated one.


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