This easy DIY French Country Bench is incredibly comfortable and invites you to come read a book or take an afternoon nap. All the supplies you need to make one for yourself are listed below and when you sign up on this page I’ll email you the Build Plan for the wood cuts and the arm pattern demonstrated in the YouTube video.
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European Estate Sale
The aged white parchment milk paint over weathered gray finish make it look like you picked it up from European estate sale.
Your Own Signature
The Large Modular Seat Cushions in Calliope Cream from Pier 1 Imports provide a cozy space to curl up on and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. The pillows lining the back are all about creating your own unique signature and can easily be changed to match any color scheme. Sea green, robin egg blue, golden yellow, or burlap would transform the bench and be a show stopper in any location.
French Country Design It Is!
This DIY French Country Bench was inspired by the below image I saw on Trouvais.com. I wanted an outside bench but couldn’t decide on the design. It was either this one or a church pew style. After putting it to a vote via Facebook, the results were nearly unanimous on the French Country design. In addition to the voting results, other standout comments included comfort and using a white aged finish vs. the yellow, so the design includes both.
Make it Bigger!
Since the inspiration piece didn’t include cushions I chose the modular cushions as the foundation of the design for the bench. I used two 25-inch x 25-inch cushions but the downloadable plan also includes the wood cuts if you wanted to use three cushions making the bench 25-inches longer. The bench I designed is 50-iches wide but with three cushions it could be 75-inches wide which would be stunning.
The easy DIY French Country Bench video includes most of the project build process and a demonstration of how to get the same aged white parchment milk paint finish. It’s important to use the exact same stain and milk paint products I used to get the same results. Interactions between products used with milk paint can vary substantially so I can only vouch for similar results using the identical products listed below.
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- 1 – 4’ x 8’ Top Choice SkyPly 3/4-in HPVA Maple Plywood
- 3 – 1” x 4” x 6’ Pine Board
- 6 – 15” Waddell Wood Pine End Table Leg
- 2 – 4-Pack 2.5-in Zinc Corner Braces
- Pocket Hole Screws 1-1/4″L #8 Coarse-Thread Washer-Head (100 count)
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Pine, 50 per package
- Titebond® III Ultimate Wood Glue
- 100% Silicone Caulk
- 2” Chip brush
- 2” Purdy White China Paint Brush
- Wooster Pelican Brush Pail
- Wooster Pelican Pail Liner
- Rust-Oleum Weathered Gray Stain
- 1 – Milk Paint: Parchment (Pint)
- 1 – Low Sheen Finishing Cream (if you don’t use this with caulking the paint WILL PEEL)
- 120 & 220 Grit Sand Paper
- ¼” Shim (Cut from scrap wood)
- Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System
- Speed Square
- Compound Miter Saw (or circular saw)
- Circular Saw
- Kreg® Rip-Cut Circular Saw Guide
- Jig Saw
- Flush Cutting Trim Saw
- Hand sander with Hook & Loop Sand Paper
- Sharpie Marker
- Flatback Tape measure
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