DIY Rustic Bench

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

Hi friends! So, a few weeks ago I showed you our new “DIY small entryway”. By small, I mean small. Our house has an open floor plan so the little space by the door is the entryway we have to work with. Let’s not focus on how small it is, but instead make lemonade out of lemons & make it pretty! The entryway was cute before, but it was missing something. Since we are about to move out of this house I didn’t want to build something specific for the space because again we are moving in a few weeks {more on that here} & we wouldn’t have the piece for that space very long. So funny, because one day Mr. LMB ¬†was cleaning our garage out & found a bench top that he had built a few months ago for a small bench we were going to use as a plant stand in our bedroom that we never finished. How big was it do you ask? Well, it was the perfect size for our little entryway! Coincidence? I think not. It was meant to be.

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
Doesn’t it just perk the whole space up a little bit? Say hello to our new shabby little bench….

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
Want to know something else that’s really cool? This bench was seriously so easy to make! Since we wanted the bench to look rustic we didn’t use any trim or anything fancy. We kept it super simple. To put the top together we laid the middle boards out & then created a boarder with the smaller boards around the edge. To attach them all together we placed support boards across the bottom on the two sides and in the middle {as seen in the photo below} & used a nail gun to secure it. For the legs we used legs we found at Lowes & leg anchors also found at Lowes. If you want to add things to the bench, you could add trim to hide where the legs are attached, but again, I loved the rustic look with out the trim.

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For the painting process. I first started out with staining the whole piece special walnut from Minwax. After the stain dried I painted the legs and the boarder of the bench in antique white from Valspar. When the paint dried I took some sand paper and roughed up my entire paint job. After I was satisfied I sealed the piece with Miss mustard seed wax to seal the piece. That’s it! Super simple!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!

DIY Rustic Bench - So simple anyone can make it!
There is our lovely little rustic bench in our lovely little entryway. It’s so funny that we weren’t planning on doing anything in this spot, but out of a discarded top to a bench we created this little bench so quickly & easily yet it made a big difference. What do you think of our DIY rustic bench? Have you made a bench like this before? Leave a comment below, find me on Facebook, or chat with me on Instagram, I would love to hear from you!



  1. What a darling space, Liz! The bench is adorable and the perfect touch.

  2. Love! I have a small space as well and thought I’d build a knock off entry table from pottery barn. Isn’t quite what I wanted so that table will be moving and we want to put a bench there. This is super cute! Love the space!

    • These small spaces can be so tricky.. I think a bench sounds wonderful! I hope you have fun building it & that you love the space when it’s done! Thank you so much for your sweet comment xx

  3. Such a sweet little area! I love it!

  4. adorable! love the simplicity and it really livens up the space.

  5. I think your bench is absolutely adorable and it looks great. You are giving me some good inspiration!

  6. I love it!! It’s perfect for that space, and the painting and distressing are gorgeous. Thanks for inspiring us again!

  7. I’m in love with this bench!!! I searched high and low for a little bench to put in our foyer. I couldn’t find one with the right dimensions so I ended up getting an unfinished table and did a distressed paint job on it. Also, I named your blog as one of my top blogs to follow on my most recent post. You are so talented, and I love to see your creative take on these DIY projects. I’m always excited to see what you’ll do next!

  8. I love it and I love your vignette. How creative. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party this afternoon at 3:00 PM. Hope to see you there.

  9. I love this Liz! Such a great little space : )

  10. Perfection, Liz! I love that bench and the whole space is so cozy!

  11. So beautiful! I love the neutral colours. Well done. Kath

  12. Love how you left the structural pieces showing. My favorites though are using a boot for flower vase, and of course the tool box

  13. can you tell me where the coat rack is from?


  14. Looooove it! What I also love is your peter cottontail wood sign!! Is that a DIY as well? Awesome job!!

  15. I absolutely LOVE THIS! How much did the legs from lowes cost? I love DIY on the cheap!

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