Months before we moved into Old Salt Farm I started searching for kitchen stools. Our plans called for a big island that would fit our six kids, and I wanted stools that would be good for them, plus fit my farmhouse style and our budget. I ended up finding several stools I liked, but I just didn’t like them enough. I started thinking about it some more, and realized that what I needed was a couple of kitchen benches instead of stools. Not only could I fit more kids on them, and based on previous experience, I knew they would be easier to clean than the individual stools we’d always had before. Plus, I could build them for a fraction of the cost, which in my book, is a win-win-win!
I absolutely love our kitchen benches. Like, I REALLY love them. They’ve proven to be everything I thought and hoped they would be. Super easy to clean, plenty of room for my kiddos to sit, darling farmhouse style, and cheaper than just about any other stool I found (and it adds up when you’re buying so many)!
I’m going to show you how we made them, and give you a cut list plus plenty of pictures…after they were built. I wish I had more process pictures to share, but we made these very quickly right before we moved, and it was just so crazy of a time. We were living in an apartment, all of our tools in storage, and someone very kind let us use an empty workshop at a factory to build everything for our home. But because we had to travel there, we rarely went together, and the pictures just didn’t happen. However…it’s a pretty easy plan, and I hope with the pictures and the cut list you’ll be able to see what we did.
CUT LIST–KITCHEN BENCHES
4×4 posts: 22 in. (4)
2×4 x13 3/4 (2)
2x4x33 1/2 (1)
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-lint free rags
-white paint (I used leftover wall paint)
-medium grit sandpaper
-Start by building the “H” for each side: the two legs, and the short piece in the middle and at the top.
-Attach the two sides together with the long piece in the middle (that hooks into the bottom short pieces), and then the two pieces on each side at the top.
-Put the top together, then attach to the frame.
Use a Kreg jig (Kreg Pocket Hole Jig System) to attach the pieces of wood to each other. If you don’t have one, get one. :) Seriously, if you want to build anything from frames to furniture, it’s the best and easiest way to do it. You can start out with one that’s only around $39 on Amazon, or check out your local hardware stores to see what their prices are.
After the benches were built, I stained them (Provincial by Minwax), then taped off the top, and painted the legs and frame white. Once the paint was dry, I used a power sander to distress the legs and frame. The finally step was to stencil numbers on to the top of the benches—1, 2, 3 on one, and 4, 5, 6 on the other one. ( I used my Silhouette to cut out numbers, and then black spray paint.) My kids each have a number that goes on just about everything, including their “spot” on the bench! I also sanded the numbers a little so they were more faded and distressed.
And you’re finished!