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Beautiful DIY Reclaimed Wood Bench: Just $109

by Sheri Reed on March 31, 2010 at 7:00 AM

wood bench
Photo by Angela Ferdig

Check out this gorgeous entryway bench. And guess what? It's an easy DIY project that only cost $109 to make -- using reclaimed wood too! Can you believe it?

bench entry hall
Photo by Angela Ferdig

Tracy over at jumilla stories pointed out this lovely project, and I just had to find out more.

The affordable bench mastermind is Angela Ferdig of the blog kriselkeeper and owner of the Learning Tees shop. Lucky for us, Angela agreed to tell us how she made this pretty bench for a wonderfully low price.

Here's what Angela had to say:

I really needed a bench in our entry way so there was a defined and comfortable place for our 2-year old daughter to put her shoes on and to get ready to head out the door. This bench been wonderful for that.

wooden bench
Photo by Angela Ferdig
I was originally inspired by pictures of Julianne Moore’s West Village Living Room on Remodelista. They featured a Nakashima bench Julianne had along with a “less pricey” version at $850. My even less pricey version came in at $154 including an extra piece of wood I can use for another technically $109.

I wanted to use reclaimed wood, so I went to Reclaimed Wood Products here in the San Fernando Valley. The wood reclaimer only sells planks as they come so I couldn’t get a piece for just what I needed. Therefore, I got a plank that was 11-foot long for $90, and they split it into a 6-foot and 5-foot section. The bench you see is the 6-foot section. The other piece I will use to create another bench for our outdoor entry area. That one will be made out of concrete with the wood treated for outdoor use.

The plank I used has a lot of character, including a hole and marks where previous nails used to live. I chose not to stain it and leave it in its weathered condition because I feel the bench has "been places," and I find that charming in a way. It did take a good deal of sanding just to get it to this point though.

The hairpin legs I purchased from I used the Raw Steel Hairpin Legs in the 12-inch size at $16 a piece.
Bolting the legs in was the easiest part.

Wow, this bench is fantastic, Angela. What an lovely outcome and such a budget-friendly DIY project for indoors or outdoors. Thanks for sharing. I'm totally inspired.

child dog entry way bench
Photo by Angela Ferdi

Filed Under: diy, furniture, going green, green guide, thrifty solutions


  • writn...


    March 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    this tip couldn't have come at a better time! i have an enormous computer hutch with a drop down desk top, and i've been wanting to remove it and make it a solo desk (using the drop down desk top wood). nice! and it seems easy enough i can do it without the assistance of my husband.
  • Tracy
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    March 31, 2010 at 1:43 PM
    yay! I still have this on my to-do list!
  • jennm...


    March 31, 2010 at 8:48 PM
    I like :)
  • steph...
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    April 14, 2010 at 7:52 PM
    Are those really only 12 inch legs? They look taller - I'm just curious because I really want to do this!
  • Carey...


    May 1, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    $109 for bench(es) is a lil steep......I wish there was a picture of underneath the bench so that I could see how she bolted the legs.

  • maine...


    May 2, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    I agree with Carey....but, then, I had a ton of old barn board at my disposal and I wouldn't ever have dreamed of spending $90 on a piece of reclaimed wood.  I like the idea, though...just not the legs, too modern for a piece of older wood IMHO.

  • asil


    May 4, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    i do like the idea, and we could use a bench or two in our house... i agree $90 for some wood is steep for me... but I also live in an area where farmers have signs up all the time for "FREE barn wood"... I could easily pick some up and make one!

    it would match our mud room well, and we do need a little place to sit out there!

  • tonya...


    May 5, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    i love this, and anything that looks primitive!

  • tazdvl


    May 6, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    The price is still more then I would spend but I do like it.

  • clean...


    May 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    I like this idea.  I am with my frugal friends up there ^ though.  I would find some free wood somewhere.  My dad is woodworker extraordinaire, and he always has reclaimed wood around.  Knowing him he has some sort of thing to use as legs as well.

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