Flip Top Storage Bench

Submitted by TheBramFam on Mon, 11/12/2012 - 18:30

As soon as I opened Ana's new book I fell in love with the bench on page 33. When I met her in Chicago she said she was going to draft a new set of plans, and of course she didn't let me down! I followed her plans to a T! The size was perfect for my "mudroom" and this was technically my first project since I insisted on not having my husband's help. It was also my first time going to the hardware store and purchasing the wood...I think that part will take some getting used to!

After I had it built I decided that I wanted to make everyone in my family a "cubby" inside the storage area. I just used some scrap 1x3's and glued them into place. I then stained it with Minwax Dark Walnut stain and then used oil based poly (3 coats). The entire family loves the new bench and my toddlers LOVE their "cubbies". Thank you again Ana!

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Common Boards - Pine
Finish Used
Minwax Dark Walnut Stain & Minwax oil based Poly
Recommended Skill Level



Tue, 11/13/2012 - 05:34

Terrific job. I especially liked the divided interior. You should be proud.

Jackie Bramel (not verified)

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 10:22

Thank you so much!!!! It's still surreal that I made something so beautiful!


Tue, 01/29/2013 - 18:42

I love that you added cubbies! You did a fantastic job all around! I have been wanting to make this bench too, and here I am AGAIN looking at the plans....Thanks for sharing!