When I saw that the Challenge for the month of June was a furniture challenge I knew just what I wanted to do. If you have read my blog for any amount you know my love for picket fences. So when I saw this lovely bench a few weeks ago I knew what I wanted to do…. or what I wanted my sweet hubby to help me with.
This bench was for sale outside a small shop in a nearby town. I actually wanted to get it but it did not pass the husband check. You know what I mean… they look at the price first, then tell you what is wrong with it. Lol… But he had a good point…
#1 – We (he) could make it ourselves.
#2- It was not heavy enough and would blow over or get damaged in our winds here on the hill. I was with him on this point. We have had so many things broken in strong storms since we have lived here.
#3- A combination of he didn’t want to haul it home and it was a bit pricey. I think it was $125.00 if I remember right.
So here is the run down of what we used on this project…
10 pickets at $1.47 each ($14.70)
8 Pressure treated 2 by 4’s at $2.37 each ($18.96)
Package of 3'” Deck Screws ($6.65)
Package of 2” Deck Screws ($6.65)
Quart Olympic Exterior Paint (12.37)
3 piece Whizz General Painting Brush Set ($9.99)
So each month I am asked to do a project for the garden sponsored by Lowes Creative Ideas and you guessed it. I had my WONDERFUL husbands help on this one. Now, could I have done it myself, I’d like to think I could… but we both have some control issues with our power tools…. so it’s best he was in charge of this one. But I did help him every step of the way, and I love that we did this project together.
He actually has built quite a few things for me for the garden. The biggest was my potting bench two years ago. I laugh and say you could dance on it, and this bench is the same, made to last and not fall apart. Did I mention it is heavy as all get out?
So let me start out by saying is there anything more fun than starting a new project? I love seeing the pickets knowing they would soon be my new bench!
So we set up a work station off the garage and let me tell you, it was extremely hot last Saturday when we were doing this.
The upward part of the “h” was to attach the back brace and pickets.
He attached the slats for the seat and then supported the legs with cross braces. He did a cross piece to connect them front to back and lengthwise.
Then he attached the pickets to the top and seat evenly.
Then just for fun we attached the finials. We could have done arms, but I liked the option of having the sides open.
We ended up with an extra picket and decided to put it across the front of the seat. It had the design only on one end, so my husband traced it and cut the board with a jigsaw to match the opposite end. I love the finished look. Here it is before….
And after! Now, about this color. Would my husband have chose that color? Absolutely not, I think he would have preferred the blue. But I love color, and the way I see it…. It’s only paint! I am so happy I took the risk and used it. It really POPS!
Plus it matches my plants perfectly… like the butterfly bush behind it and the pink coneflowers.
Thanks so much to the good people at Lowes Creative Ideas for letting gardens like me get their hands dirty and their creative mojo working overtime. I am so excited to share with you my upcoming projects.
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One last look and one more thanks to my sweet husband for helping me!
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Happy Gardening…. Brooke
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