After posting about my sister’s bridal shower last month, so many of you asked about the benches that my mom Little Debbie and I constructed.
Well, I have to give all the brainpower credit to the amazing Ana White (if you don’t know who that is, she is basically the Walker, Alaskan Ranger of girls. She’s Chick Norris of all things BIY – that’s build-it-yourself and yes, it’s in the dictionary.)
But let’s rewind a bit. We knew that part of my little sister’s wedding reception would start in the basement area and would require a little bit of seating. Our logic was – if it’s hot, then everyone will want to be inside…so we can lure them out with benches to take a load off them stilettos. And we can do them cheaply by diggin through our neighbor’s burn pile for scrap lumber. Yup, our same neighbor that lifts boulders with ease has a kickbootie burn pile (he’s a retired engineer turned part time handy man – how lucky are we?!) and let us pull out as much wood as we want for the benches. Of course, we had to promise that we wouldn’t put a nail through our foot…or sue him for the cost of tetnus shots 🙂 This made following plans a little more tricky.
Speaking of plans, Little Debbie and I agreed that this plan would be the easiest to modify while still looking nice long term. It’s called the Large Rustic X Bench. Here’s the link to Ana’s original project plan.
And here are our benches after we pounded out the nails from the scrap lumber, modified the sizes a smidgen, cut everything to size (we used Ana’s lengths and measurements for notching out the legs for the cross bars) and put them all together.
You also probably noticed that we eliminated the ‘V’ in the center. I like them either way…but frankly, it just required more lumber. And more lumber = more moolah. And you know what we cheapskates did.
In case you are gonna try to build these – I recommend becoming familiar with Ana’s plans – you will need it. And then just substitute these size boards for the ones in the original plans.
Of course, we did have to pick up the various sizes of additional lumber at Lowe’s that we didn’t pull outta ‘the pit’. And while we were there, we also spied a gallon of Oops paint that was marked way down.
My mom liked the color (it went well with the newly painted basement doors) and even though it was interior paint and these were going to be outside, we figured that this price was too good to beat. Plus, we could always repaint if necessary.
Mom sanded them all (we made six) and did all the painting. She’s a champ like that. One coat is all that it took 🙂
And here is the finished product again:
And they even got the action at the wedding. Here they are supporting the fam during the rehearsal….
By the way, my little bro is newly single. So for all you Hot Tim fans out there, it’s time to break out the deodorant and the toothbrush 🙂 If you don’t get that, you probably are classier than me with better hygene.
And the benches also lent some support during the wedding reception as well. Luring people outside? check. Was it the benches or the spectacular weather? doesn’t matter – they were out there all the same.
In other fantastic news…and this is fantastic in every sense of the word…my mom showed up one Friday to paint the benches looking a little different (arachnophobs avert your eyes):
I think I just started laughing…the photo doesn’t do the tarantulas justice. These suckers were big. Like could take out an eye kinda big. I swear if mom blinked repeatedly, you could fly a kite with the wind 🙂
The best part was that she said my dad didn’t even notice. Gotta love it.