primitive rustic bench with storage

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Project by rivergirl posted 04-22-2011 01:08 AM 5625 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

. The finish on this bench is black paint over red with a coat of stain for the aged look. A final coat of beeswax has been applied. Dimensions are approximately 36 inches long 14 inches wide and 18 inches high. The paint looks a little wild and crazy in these full sun pics- but the colors are really more muted than they appear? I could take some photos inside I guess? Another day perhaps. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 01:15 AM

Very nice. I like it.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 01:23 AM

Very cool! I love the finish on it. I think it looks great! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 01:34 AM

Yea, pretty stark outside. I’m sure that really fits in inside. Nice looking bench / chest. You are a power house of production. They are all looking good!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 01:44 AM

Mtn- LOL it almost looks like it should glow. LOL I really need to take some inside pics. It really isn’t like a red and black cheetah. Thanks Shiela- you must like fluorescent colors? ;)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 02:15 AM

Hey, another nice piece. Did you remember to use the slotted screws this time instead of the phillips?

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#6 posted 04-22-2011 03:08 AM

The storage is a big plus. I’ll bet that one won’t sit around long. And I like the colors; sunlight is always more harsh than indoor lighting. I’ll bet it looks great inside, as it does outside!


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#7 posted 04-22-2011 03:29 AM

It’s no secret that I (and many others) like the work you do. This piece is really appealing, regardless of the lighting. Keep up the awesome job!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 04-22-2011 05:27 AM

well there is more than one that like the colour on this bench
count me in RG….. :-)
be ready to masproduse this one

take care

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#9 posted 04-22-2011 05:51 AM

Fantastic storeage if you have young ones around, or, maybe to store some of the finished projects :)))
Another nice one Kelly, you sure got the knack with that “rustic country finish”
Your going to have to get some stotarg if you keep turning them out at this rate.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 06:38 AM

Cool looking bench Kelly. And with storage, something like that would look great on my porch. Probably couldn’t keep the dog off of it though. Kelly you’re the Queen of “cabinet grade rustic”.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 04-22-2011 07:31 AM

How does that top work? I love it -more for Laurel to wish i would just get square and make for her! It reminds me of the ones in my dad’s old house that i want to go take -and the finish on them is just the original after years of wear -so i think you got it perfect!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#12 posted 04-22-2011 10:33 AM

Uh, you painted both sides of the top? :) how about lining the interior with fine purple velvet now? ;)
Your “aging” skills are impressive :)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#13 posted 04-22-2011 12:18 PM

very nice indeed.. pine? How long did that take to build..
I like distressed looking stuff.

-- Ralphie Maine

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 12:47 PM

Gorgeous, you’ve got that antiquing thing down to a science.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 04-22-2011 01:12 PM

Little Bear. PIne- yes. Easy to build- takes about an hour maybe two?
Christine, The top is simple. You just build the bottom first, then you put a 1X3 on the top back. Flush at the back with about a 1 inch overhang on the sides. Then put a second board on the top- loose lay. Attach 2 hinges- flush mount for primitive look. And that’s it. wala. I finish it after the thing is completely built.
Sodabowski- I always paint both sides of the top. I guess I do it because it’s PINE and I am not crazy about simply staining the pine where people can see it. Also, witht the overhang on the front and sides it looks funny with the underside not painted. Just my opinion I guess? And I don’t see me doing any velvet Elvis lining any time soon. ;)
RW- that’s a big negatory on the slotted screws.. HA! I am still using up the pile that I already rusted in the pan. Believe me, it is of little consequence at this juncture. But maybe one day I will spend the extra $1.20 and use different screws. But I doubt it because I am a cheapskate.
Dennis- I almost always use more than one color, just this time I really sanded that top coat off to expose that bottom color a bit more. Something differernt. Not sure if it will ever sell though!
Everyone- thank you for looking at my work and being so kind. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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