I pretty much followed the plans for the Alexia Bench except I didn't put sides on the top. I made this bench to donate to a silent auction for a fundraiser. I even used the same cute hardware that the ladies at Shanty 2 Chic used (I had to go to a few different Targets to find it).
I was very happy with the finished product & hope to raise some funds for a good cause! http://www.sendbrandon.com/about-brandon.html
I had LOTS of "scraps" from previous projects, so only had to spend about $40 in materials.
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine/Whitewood/Cabinet Grade Plywood
first stained using American Walnut by Rustoleum (what I had on hand - any would do), dry overnight, then a wash with off-white latex paint, light sand, then after that's dry, light sand and a quick coat using Amy Howard's Luxe Grey. After that is dry and lightly sanded, I finished off with a coat of clear wax. I've learned that the only way to get the layered look in finishes, is to layer! ;)
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