Monday, October 10, 2011

Ballard Designs Inspired Wood Plank Storage Bench Knock Off - Part 1

Crafting with the Stars has been a ton of work, and a ton of fun! The first round was Knock Off, so I decided to Knock Off the Ballard Designs Wood Plank Storage Bench. We love it at our house, and the kids love to sit on it!  It's also a great way to stash away all of the toys when company comes over!  I'm not gonna lie, there are quite a few steps to making this bench.  So, I'm going to split the tutorial up into two parts.  By the way, today is voting for Round 2, which is Upcycle!  Please go VOTE!

Ballard Designs Inspired Wood Plank Storage Bench Knock Off Tutorial
(I don't think this title could be any longer)
Part 1

Knock Off Ballard Designs Inspired Wood Plank Storage Bench

Knock Off Ballard Designs Inspired Wood Plank Storage Bench
For this project you'll need:
Bead board
Plywood
Liquid Nails
 Caulking gun
White Paint
Paint Brush
Ralph Lauren Glaze (or other brand)
Aluminum Flashing
2- 6 foot 1" by 1" wood trim
6- 1/8" wooden dowels
2" finishing nails
2" wood screws
Foam for bench seat
2 yards Burlap
White Glue or Wood Glue
Covered Button Kit with 12 or more buttons
Hammer
Ruler
Electric Drill
Skill Saw or have Home Depot Cut your wood for you

First, cut your plywood into 2 - 30" x 20" and 2 - 20" x 20" pieces for the sides of the bench.
Then take the Liquid Nails and glue the Bead Board to the four pieces of plywood
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
The Liquid Nails will be dry after about 30 minutes. Turn over the pieces so the plywood is on top.  On the 2 - 30" x 20", Using a ruler, measure 4 inches from the end on the bottom of the plywood. And draw a line up to the corner of the wood. (see picture)  Leave the 2 short ends alone. Do not cut them anymore.  Using a skill saw, saw down each line, the wood will now be a trapezoid shape.  (This was my first time using a skill saw :)
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
Using the drill with a Phillips Head screwdriver bit and the 2" wood screws, attach all four sides together.
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
Once you have all four sides together.  Sit it on top of another piece plywood and trace with a pencil about the bottom of the bench to get the measurements for the bottom of the bench.  Cut again and attach the bottom with the 2" wood screws.  I also put Liquid Nails in all of the seams to reinforce it.
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
Now using the 1" x 1" wood trim. We want the seams to have miter cuts so that the ends meet up.  So, Measure and cut them 30 inches long. Mark with a pencil and cut the trim.
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
The cuts don't have to be perfect because they will eventually be covered up with the Aluminum flashing.  As you can see in the picture mine are not exactly perfect.
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
You can either nail the trim on, I used Liquid Nails and clamped the trim pieces on until they were dry
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
Once you have all four trim pieces attached around the top of the bench. Do the same steps with the bottom trim. Then, take the 1/8" wood dowels, cut them to about 20" long and using wood glue or white glue, glue the onto the sides of the bench.  4 on each long side and 2 on each short side
Ballard Designs Knockoff - Wood Plank Storage Bench Tutorial
Mix together the white paint and the glaze and paint the whole bench. It took me two coats.
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After the paint drys, the bench will look like this!
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Stay tuned for Part 2 of the tutorial coming in the next few days!
I'm sharing this tutorial with these linky parties as well as Today's Creative Blog

9 comments:

  1. This is so creative. It came out really great. If only I were skilled enough to attempt such a feat!

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  2. That looks beautiful - and you make it look so easy too! Good luck in the contest! I'll go over now and vote for you!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  3. Very pretty love how it turned out. Love the pillow too!

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  4. You did a great job Trisha! Good luck in Round 2!!!

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  5. Your bench is awesome. I love extra storage.

    Ruth

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  6. That is sooo cute!! Great work!! I found you through a link party!

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  7. so lovely and refreshing!

    found you via TCB and would love to have you visit. my giveaway ends soon but hope you can enter:

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/10/more-stencil-splendor-giveaway.html

    warmly.

    michele

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  8. I had admired your bench in crafting with the stars - so glad I got to meet you in person last weekend at the Social!!

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  9. This is so clever. Using the beadboard for the sides? Genius!

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