How To Create A Stunning Dining Room Bench

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Hi there!  Do you guys remember the dining table we made for Ian and Hailey?  A little while ago we finished the matching dining room  bench to go with it.  We made it here, in our garage then drove it them and I got to get some photos of it in their room.  The best part is they were beyond thrilled and the bench completed their room.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Building A Dining Room Bench

Supplies Needed:  I have added in a couple of affiliate links for your convenience.  You can read my full disclosure here.

Oak planks – 1 x 4 – 6 ft long

Pine Boards – 1 x 3

Cedar 4 x 4 – These were actually the cut offs from the table

Pine 1 x 2’s

Screws

Drill

Drill Press

Wood Glue

Wood Stain

Minwax Polyshades

Foam brushes for staining

Lint free cloths

Brush for painting

Paint – Sea Glass by Dixie Belle Paint Company

Getting Started

Jeff started by building the bottom portion of the dining room bench.  He built the top separate then we added the top to the base.  This makes painting and staining easier.

We had to make sure it would fit between the legs of the dining table so it ended up being around 5′ 7″.  Which means we cut the 6 foot boards down to size.

He started with a base for the legs using the pine boards he created a rectangle.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

He added some support inside the base.  First he added the 1 x 3’s from side to side then he added a small 1 x 2 to each of the support boards.  These make it easier to attach the top to the base.  These are the boards that will be screwed into the top.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

These were all screwed in for strength.  He countersinks all of the holes and then we plug them, putty and sand them and you don’t even know they are there.

 

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Next came the legs.  We wanted them to be at an angle so the bench would be more stable.  For this to happen Jeff cut an angle on the side of the cedar 4×4.  When he got them attached I was able to give it a coat of primer, then a coat of the Sea Glass paint.  You should check out the Dixie Belle Paint Company just to see.  This paint covered so nicely.  And I used a pretty small container for the bench and the table.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Making The Top

The top oak boards were first cut to length.  The top is a little bigger all the way around then the base.   Supports to hold all of the oak planks together were added on the bottom side.  Sometimes I think my husband goes a little overboard with the screws but he wanted one in each board and I guess two on the end boards for strength.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Then we got to stain it.  We used the Minwax Red Mahogany as the first stain.  Then we added three coats of the Polyshades letting it dry over night in between each coat.  I just love the staining process.   The wood grains are so pretty.

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

When the staining was all done we added the top to the bottom…again with 1 million screws.  LOL!  It turned out so pretty.  And I was so excited to be able to take the final photos in their actual dining room with the table!

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  I am thrilled and so are they. It matches nicely in their room and looks beautiful with their new flooring.  It was a fun project and I am glad we could do something nice for them.

I hope you like it too.  If so…

Don’t forget to pin it!!!

 

We made a dining room bench to match the dining table we built for our son and his wife. The oak stained top and the Sea Glass legs made a beautiful dining table bench they can enjoy for years and years - www.michellejdesigns.com

 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will be back on Thursday with my project for the May Silhouette Challenge!

Until then,

Michelle

 

10 Comments

  1. Debrashoppeno5

    Such a beautiful piece of furniture.

    08 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Debra. They were so happy to have it. These were their Christmas gifts from us. It was fun to give something we made!

      08 . 05 . 2017
  2. Susie

    Oh I just love it when you guys build furniture! This bench is just as amazing as the table is! Lucky son and wife. It’s a beautiful piece and set. I’m sure they will love it forever! Congrats to you! Susie from The Chelsea Project

    08 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie. Jeff is really good at building furniture and just about anything else. He should have his own blog! Ian and Hailey tell us they still love it and I believe them. LOL!

      09 . 05 . 2017
  3. Michelle James

    The bench & table are stunning!! Love the color & wood top!

    09 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Michelle! They look so good in their home!

      09 . 05 . 2017
  4. Nancy

    That table and bench will undoubtedly become a family heirloom! Jeff does wonderful woodworking, and I love your choice of color. Gorgeous!

    10 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Nancy! I hope they keep it for a while anyway. LOL! This color is one of my favorites from Dixie Belle Paint Company. I absolutely love it. Hailey picked it out and they also chose the stain color. They did good!

      10 . 05 . 2017
  5. Sue

    The bench looks so stylish with the table and chairs. I love the rich stain color. You and Jeff created a keepsake table and chairs that I am sure will be cherished for years to come.

    11 . 05 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Hi Sue. Thanks so much. I have to thank my daughter in law for the excellent taste in color choices and style. We built to her specifications but I do think it turned out really nice and I hope it gets much use of a long period of time!

      11 . 05 . 2017

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