My little Jack went to soccer on Saturday and scored 2 goals. He told me he woke up and believed he could & that is how he did it. I wanted to cry, it was such a special moment as a mom. As grown ups we fear things that seem hard or undoable, whatever it may be. Telling ourselves we can do it seems so basic and rudimentary that we often forget to do the very same thing we tell our kids to do.
Everything I create for this blog is all me and at times I doubt if I can do it. But there is a will there to keep learning & growing so I tell myself I can do it. Yup, I admit it at times woodworking scares the heck out of me. I do love a good challenge though, that is why I was thrilled to jump on board with Minwax this fall, to come up with 4 projects geared to inspire your future woodworking endeavors. My first was an easy picture frame for large images, followed by a floating bench and today I am bringing you the easiest DIY live edge bench ever!
What you will need for this project…
live edge top-mine is 60″ x 18″
120 grit sandpaper
60 grit sandpaper
I had been looking for a local woodworker and by asking around I found one. He cuts all his wood himself from fresh logs on his property, the saw marks in the wood are beautiful. I contacted him with no real plan, just knew I wanted to work with him in some way. When it came time to make my live edge bedroom bench I knew he would have what I needed.
You can see it’s pretty rustic. I used 120 grit sand paper to get it to a smooth surface. The natural variation of color in the wood was stunning once I sanded it.
Once it was sanded I wiped it down good with a tack cloth and used my favorite stain, Early American. I like to use a cotton cloth or a sock to apply.
Once it is stained you can go over it with a 60 grit or lower to even out the stain, if needed. Be sure to let it dry & wipe it down before adding the wax. This part is easy, just use a cotton cloth and layer it on, less in more. I like using the Finishing Wax, it doesn’t change the color of the wood.
You are ready to attach the legs. These are 3/8″ hair pin legs I bought from etsy. The wood top is heavy so if you are making one yourself be sure they are at least that thickness. I found mine HERE.
This the finished look….
This project was so much fun and it was easy. If I can do it, then so can you. Be on the look out for the 4th project in December.
This is a sponsored post by Minwax, all opinions are my own.
Have a beautiful day friends!