Today was a double-whammy catch-up sort of day; James and I both had full days off, so while he caught up on the many football games and shoot-em-up-bang-bang movies I don’t care to partake in, I caught up on some creativity! I oinked out the mugs, and then got to work on this bench I put together somewhat from a Pinterest posting.
First, at a recent neighborhood garage sale, I scored two 15 x 48 pieces of wood; I asked the guys at Home Depot if these two pieces of wood together wood make for a thick enough piece of wood for a bench, and they said yes. (Remember this for later musings…)
I then cut to size a 2-inch thick piece of foam from Joann’s (50% off this week!). FYI: I used a steak knife – it’s easier than scissors!
Then I put foaming over the top – mostly because my mom said the foam would eat through the fabric otherwise. Thanks ma! I then tightly stapled the fabric to the wood.
I then put dots where the top plates would land on the wood…
while finishing with the chevron fabric (which, by the way, is from the awesome website, Spoonflower – you can create your own fabrics, and choose whatever material. I didn’t personally design this one, but I love it!).
Then I drilled holes for all the top plates, and then screwed the screws into said holes. (Is there a better way I should be phrasing this?)
Oh, we’re so close!
After spray painting the legs with both dark walnut and then black (the latter of which I liked), it was time to screw the legs in:
And, voila! A lovely sitting bench.
I mostly followed what 2 Friends & 2 Cities did, with the exception of thicker, non MDF wood, and then top plates to screw the legs into (which I think is easier). So were the Home Depot guys just pulling my leg when they said it’d be a suitable dining room seat? Because poor hubs just about sat down and fell between the legs about, oh, half an hour ago. We think we’ll have to add further legs to the middle, and/or talk to a more knowledgable wood guy and use a stronger piece of wood. (Grrr).
But for now, it’s been created, and I love it! So, what are you creating? How are you coming alive in creativity today?0