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DIY Storage and Seating Bench!

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I love to bottle all the goodness from our garden each summer. Only one small problem, there is never enough room to store all of it. We needed more storage! I decided that we could use extra seating by our pool table too so it was the perfect place to add a bench that could also serve as storage.

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 Look how much we can store inside!

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Just to give you some perspective here are my kids inside the bench!

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We had our good friend Sean design and build it. I should have taken better pictures a long the way but his wife and I were to busy chatting for those kind of distractions! Here are the bones of it though if you want to mimic his design.

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We lined the front of the bench with vertical planks.

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Before I painted I spent a lot of time filling the nail holes with wood filler, caulk, and then sanding it smooth. The top of the planks had a gap at the top. I added caulk along the top so when the the bench opened it still looked good.

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Caulk every single seam for a flawless paint job.

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I primed the entire thing using KILZ.

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After it was primed I painted the bench white, matching the color of our baseboards in a high gloss. The front planks I panted Ashley Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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These are the hinges we bought. We bought them without the springs and it opens so smoothly and stays open when its open. We love the way it turned out.

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Its become a favorite reading place for Caleb!

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Bring on canning season!

Lisa

Author/co-founder of Over the Big Moon since 2011. I enjoy sharing my passion for home and family life here with you! I love graphic design, DIY projects, cooking, and working in my garden! My favorite role is taking care of my hubby John and our 3 amazing and busy boys! Thank you for coming by today!
  • Britney @ Princess & Cowboys

    I love the bead board and this whole idea! I think it’s awesome to have a little special place to enjoy reading. And the fact that you can store stuff beneath…it’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Robin Phillips

    I love this!