How to Build a DIY Farmhouse Bench

My neighbor was throwing out an old futon bed...

He couldn't imagine why I wanted it, he even offered me the screws so I could put it back together. 

He thought I was going to use it as a futon! LOL

I've been wanting to make a bench for a long time to go with my big farmhouse table and this was my chance to make one for FREE.

I cut the futon boards to the size I needed. There were spaces between the boards on the original futon so I added boards into the spaces between the existing futon boards. 

Next I added a board to each of the sides.

Perfect length.... 6 feet long!

I bought cedar 4x4's for the legs.

The man in Home Depot was even nice enough to cut all 4 of them to the right size for me.

The legs are fitted into the corners and screwed in using long screws from the outside. 

It was just what I wanted!

I made black home-made chalk paint with 2 tsp. of unsanded grout.  

The grout made the paint much thicker, the bench only needed one coat and it filled in most of the the imperfections.

I gave the bench a quick sanding to distress it, then a coat of wax for protection.

I put anti-skid discs on the bottom of the legs so they wouldn't damage my floors.

The table is a very heavy, sturdy bench and it fits perfectly next to my table. 

It makes a much better bench then futon!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .