Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Stain & Paint for my new bench

I did it!

She's finally finished!  (Sigh)  I am so happy she is done.  I don't know what I was thinking, but I am so glad I went for it.  I started this project last month and well, I think I said before.  There was a lot of trial and error with this.  I think we sometimes look at plans, crafts and projects other people post and think..."hey, that looks simple enough."  Don't get me wrong, I'm not sayn' that we wanna-be DIY'ers can't do it.  It's just that, we don't consider maybe the amount of time, patience, and skill it takes to accomplish something.  I think for myself, I was making my 4th trip (in one day, mind you) back to Home Depot for wood that was warped, and I thought, this will teach me to let the sale employees pick out my lumber while I'm waiting at the cutting table.  Yeah, warped wood.
No bueno.  

And for instance the finishing part of building this bench.  Unless you like the color of the wood you were working with...more than likely, you will be either staining or painting it.  Or maybe even both.  

This is how I finished her.  First, I sanded her from head to to bottom.
Then I primed the legs with Zinsser Primer.  Then I sanded her down with a fine-grit sander.  Next, I covered the top with plastic, then spayed her with 2 coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White (a very popular color right now).  And in between those 2 coats, I sanded her down again to make sure she didn't have any bumps or anything.  Something I learned the hard way.  

THEN!  I used Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.  I put 2 coats of this on and in between let her dry for about 24 hours.  If you don't you can ruin the stain and it won't set in the wood.  After another 24 hours I used Minwax Polycrylic.  I did 3 coats of this and allowed each coat to set for at least 2 hours.  The very last coat I let sit for 24 hours.  


See I told yah.  A lot of time and patience.  Something that is still hard for me to do.  And I think I am pretty patient!  But she was worth it.  I love her to death and now I am thinking I need to re-do my kitchen table and chairs.  They just don't match the beauty that is my new bench.  Haha!!

Either way.  Building this bench and all the time and effort spent on her, was not wasted.  And I am not scared to take on another.  I am really excited to build something else!  And maybe the next one will be even better.  And I won't have to take a million trips back to the hardware store for more wood and screws.  

But, Oh she is so beautiful.  I am so giddy to do my table now.  

But don't hold your'll probably be a few months before that one is finished!  

Let's hope not.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Finished Bench

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned I was trying something new.

I was building this bench!

 Oh my goodness, I am so happy it's done!

Note:  This is a very simple bench, thanks to Ana White and her mad building skills and detailed how-to.  But given the fact this was my first big project, actually using wood, screws and the circular saw...I had a lot of trial and error with this baby.  She gave me a run for my money and I learned a lot.  Like I said, building this bench took a lot longer, because of crazy life, kids and adjusting to being a single mom (which I will explain at another time & among other things)...I was only able to work on her when  time permitted.

But she's done!

  And last night I painted her and started staining the top.

I can't wait to show you!  She is lookn' mighty fine.