I think I'm officially over my Spring Fever.
Actually, I think that I'm really loving Spring so far, and sitting outside while the girls play in our freshly planted grass is amazing, but.. I really needed somewhere to sit!
While browsing Pinterest, I was led to this adorable little bench.
Which may have only caught my eye because it's blue, but I was quickly obsessed!
Upon further research, I found that Home Depot sells a similar bench, but I wasn't sold on it. Or it's $255 [clearance] price tag.
Also, it was just too wide for our teeny yard.
So what's a girl to do?
Email Ana White and ask her to draw up plans for the perfect bench, of course!
Which she did.
And I built it.
And it's perfect.
For just under $30 (I used stud-grade 2x4s and spruce furring strips with an outdoor stain/sealer).
If you know me, you'll know that I wanted to paint this blue (actually, you would know that if you follow me on Twitter, too). Mr. Goats wanted it stained, so the deal was that I would stain it, but if I hated it, I could paint it.
Well, the stain's growing on me.
It's the same stain that I used for my shed. Unfortunately I spilled the can of stain all over myself before I could finish assembling the bench (staining before assembly is a MUST with this kind of woodwork!) so I couldn't add a support beam between the legs (without going and spending $25 more on stain that I won't use again). Fortunately, the bench is SOLID, so I don't feel like it's immediately necessary.
Maybe I'll add it when I paint the bench blue ;-)
Oh, and let me tell you, this was surprisingly easy to build! Yes, there are a lot of cuts, but it was really, really easy. The part that seems to throw most people off is the back legs.
I just marked the transition line and traced a 2x2.
Done! Seriously, it's super simple. The not-so-simple part is the cutting, but it's not that bad.
Cut it with a circular saw and finish up that small portion the circular can't get with a jig saw.
Or, if you have steady hands, you can do it all with a jig saw.
And you have major bragging rights.
The back really isn't bad. I promise :-)
And the effort totally pays off..
It adds a ton to the look and comfort of the bench.
Head over to Ana's site to see just how easy the bench is!
In the meantime, I'll just be outside sippin' some sweet tea.
So what are your outdoor furnishings? Any Springtime additions? Do share!