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I have a bad habit of starting new projects before completing old projects. About a year ago, I started to build a storage bench following plans by Ana White. I was about half way done with the building portion of it when I stopped working on it. I don’t recall what distracted me from completion, but it sat in my garage for months!
(Instagram informs me that I took this photo 52 weeks ago from today. Yikes!)
When I joined August’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, I looked around the house for a piece of old furniture that could use some TLC. I then got the idea of revisiting the bench project. Today, I will share the steps I took to build and finish the bench. However before I begin, I want to first give the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest and this month’s sponsor the proper introduction!
The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest
The Storage Bench
Here’s a close up on the pulls:
Building the Bench
I closely followed Ana White’s plans for the Alexia Storage bench.
Finishing the Bench
Once the surface of the bench was prepped, I stained the seat portion of the bench with Danish Oil (Dark Walnut) and I painted the bottom portion of the bench with an off-white color.
I forgot to precondition the wood before staining and I was a little worried about the appearance, but I have successfully convinced myself it gives the bench a lot of character.
That moment when you realize you forgot to precondition the wood before staining. 😨😫 I keep telling myself it gives it character. 😜 #almostdone #diy #woodworking #thatmomentwhen #diyfurniture #woodwork #woodworker #wood #kregjig #anawhite #shanty2chic #danishoil #watco #furniture #buildersgonnabuild #buildallthethings #storagebench #bench
Installing the Hardware
After the finish dried, I installed drawer slides for the drawers and installed the ring pulls.