Today I’m sharing my final build for my DIY front deck that I completed at the beginning of summer. I have spent most of summer building furniture and decor to make my new deck a comfortable and beautiful place to relax. My deck adornment projects included a DIY Outdoor Sofa, a DIY outdoor coffee table, a DIY planter, and a front porch sign. The front porch sign has a beautiful stenciled design using a stencil and paint from Fusion Paints and I thought the space on the deck underneath the sign was just screaming for a bench with that same stenciled design on it. So, I built a DIY Farmhouse Bench with the same stenciled design as my sign!
Here are the free plans for building this super-cute bench:
DIY Farmhouse Bench Wood List:
DIY Farmhouse Bench Wood Cut List:
|Board Location||Quantity||Board Type||Cut Length|
|Legs||4||2×4||12″ long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º|
|Legs||2||2×4||14 3/4″ long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º|
|Top Frame||3||2×4||4 1/4″|
DIY Farmhouse Bench Materials and Supplies:
DIY Farmhouse Bench Instructions:
- Cut the boards for the legs
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 12″ in length long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 14 3/4″ in length long end to long end, with each end mitered to 45º
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 12″ in length
2. Construct the legs:
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to attach the mitered 12″ 2×4 to the two 12″ 2×4 boards for each leg (predrill with countersink bit and attach through the bottom of the mitered 2×4 into the bottom of the 12″ 2×4 boards).
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to attach the remaining mitered 12″ 2×4 board to the top of the two 12″ 2×4 boards (predrill holes with countersink bit).
- Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to attach the 14 3/4″ mitered 2×4 to the bottom of one of the mitered 12″ 2×4 boards (predrill holes with a countersink bit).
3. Cut the boards to build the bench top frame.
- Cut two 2×4 boards to 37″ in length
- Cut three 2×4 boards to 4 3/4″ in length
4. Use the Kreg Jig to drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes in each end of one side of the 37″ 2×4 boards and in the 4 3/4″ 2×4 boards.
5. Attach the two 37″ 2×4 boards to the ends of the top mitered 2×4 board on each leg using wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior pocket hole screws.
6. Attach the three 4 3/4″ bench frame support boards evenly spaced between the
7. Paint the bench legs and frame with exterior white paint and let dry completely
8. Cut the boards for the bench top:
- Cut four 2×4 boards to 48″ in length each
9. Apply a coat of the Varathane Weathered Accelerator to all four boards and let dry.
10. Use wood glue and 2 1/2″ exterior wood screws to attach the bench boards from underneath (predrill through the bench frame boards).
11. Use the Fusion stencil and paint kit to create the design on the bench top.
12. Apply three coats of exterior spar urethane, letting each coat dry being applications.
13. Move to its final location and enjoy!
This is a easy bench for a beginner builder and only costs around $30 to make (assuming you already have the stencils). It really brightens up the deck and is cute too!