When I look at this bench I think...Charlie Brown! Hence the name of this post. It was supposed to just be a cool chevron pattern bench....
But, I can't help it...
I am transformed to that childhood memory of a kid that can't kick a ball and his unforgettable shirt.
Am I the only one that sees it? Anyway...
This bench is for my husband's office, he is a teacher and was needing seating space for his students, and I had just the thing in mind, plus just after Christmas I was itching for a project.
Kreg jig owner's community I decided it did need aprons for stability. I already knew that it probably did, but I liked it without and wanted to see if I could get away with it...It never hurts to ask!
I lucked out and got some super straight 2x4's in the cull bin at Home Depot (in the back of the store) for only 51 cents each board. I bought 3 boards, which came to just over a $1.50.
So yes, this bench cost me just over...$2.50. Booyeah! (Is that even how you spell it?) I LOVE CHEAP.
I then drilled the pocket holes to attach the aprons to the legs (two in each side) and also I drilled some so I could attach the base to the top later on.
Counter height bench) So I drill the first leg from the inside and then attached the second from the outside. Make since?
PS- don't strip your screws, drill slowly and if the screw feels like it is going a little farther than it should- STOP, and reverse slowly....Just sayin'....I may have had an issue with one of my screws on this bad boy going all the way through the top of the bench (who knows why?), and I couldn't get it out, ugh! Seriously you don't want to strip your screw...or you might have to dig it out....that's really fun let me tell ya!
Once the bench was built I had the ever daunting step of how in the heck am I going to finish this?
I really wanted to have the wood stained so I had to match to the top.
So...I decided to paint it on and distress it nice and good.
Here is how I did it using the cool tutorial Here.
Here. Then taped around it. Except I was confused after the first row when I tried to keep the spaces even, so I placed the pattern on top of the green tape from the row above and taped under it. That would make my rows unevenly spaced, so I removed the pattern and taped just above the bottom row I had just finished, and peeled off the bottom row of tape (second picture), and filled in the rest of the space with tape. In the third picture I am creating the top of the next row, and then I had to repeat the last process to finish it off. Then I painted over the tape with two coats of paint. (Sorry if that is too confusing...it makes since when you actually do it)
Looking back I should have only done one coat, because this was really nice thick paint. I removed the tape when it was still a little wet after the second coat.
And there you have it- perfect chevron (or Charlie Brown) stripes. But they were a little too perfect...
You can imagine my discouragement at this point. I went ahead and gave it two coats of poly any way...I was done...
Do you think I made the right choice by sanding? Or should I have skipped the pattern altogether, and just stained the top?
Sorry about the pictures, I has been overcast for two days, so I went ahead and took pictures anyway, but guess what is shinning outside as I type...yep the sun...of course.
Truth be told, I love it. Especially those pretty legs! But maybe I should have asked my Husband what he wanted since it is going in his office....
I guess what's done is done. What do you think?
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