This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit 3MDIY.com. The content, project and opinions are 100% mine.3M SandBlaster Sandpaper from 3M Advanced Abrasives
ScotchBlue Drop Cloth
Step 1. Take one 1x3 and one 1x2 piece. Stack the 1x2 on top of the 1x3 edges meeting so that it creates a 90 degree angle. Secure this in place with the wood glue.
Step 3. Lay two legs down facing each other. Place a 1x4 cut at 10 inches on the top of each one. Secure each leg to the end of the 1x4 using a 3/4 screw. Do this with the other two legs and other 1x4. Make sure the edges are flush.
Step 6: Secure the 1x2 center support to the top portion of the base 5" in...or in the middle. If you cut it correctly, it should be a good fit, so shimmy it in, and then countersink a 1" screw into each side.
Step 7: Place the 12" board on top, making sure that it is equidistant on each overhang. Secure with wood glue and then countersink 1" screws into the top.
Step 8: Fill each hole with 3M Wood Filler , apply with a putty knife...or use your fingers :)
I used the natural color on the bare wood, and then white on the top since my top was already painted. These are stainable and paintable...and good for outdoors too :) So perfect. Make sure it's had time to cure before you go to step 9.
Step 9: Now take 3M SandBlaster Sandpaper in 120 grit. to smooth the grain of the wood
... and to smooth over the holes you just filled.
Step 10: Take a drop cloth, I used the ScotchBlue™Drop Cloth, put your bench on it and start painting! Or staining :)
And on the painting or staining note...I started thinking of it, and I hate that painting isn't as easy as staining. But I hate the staining is messier (for the most part)...and smellier than painting. But in reality...if they had a white stain that covered like paint, I would totally use it. I really hate painting lol. I think I'm going invest in a paint sprayer, then at least it will be somewhat fun, right?
Step 11: Optional. Distress to your liking, I used the 3M Advanced Abrasives Sanding Pad in 60 coarse grit to rough up the edges a little bit
Now to put it out on the porch. See? Perfect spot. It was meant to have a bench. Now maybe people will start using it, instead of standing up in the entry way and falling over half the time when I ask them to take off their shoes :)
And I'm not against putting an indoor rug outside on my porch...I thought it might be weird, but it totally worked. I love it. Luckily it really feels like it could be an outdoor rug...we'll see how it holds up :) Totally beats having just a small 2x3' rug that most door steps have...and mine use to have.
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This post is a collaboration with 3M DIY. To keep up-to-date on projects, products and sampling visit 3MDIY.com.