Claire here, and if the warm weather is inspiring you to get outdoors and be creative, this cheery DIY project is for you. It’s a bit more involved than my gold brick bookends from last month, but the end result is one that’ll totally transform an entryway or cozy nook in your house. Two weeks ago I asked for your opinion on which bench I should make… I felt inspired by all of them, but from a do-it-yourself standpoint, the vintage stool bench won me over. With a little trial and error (and a lot of spray paint) I designed a bench that I absolutely love, and hopefully it’ll inspire you to create a similar one for yourself! Keep reading for the instructions, and be sure to leave your comments and questions below…

  • 2 chairs
  • circular saw (some Home Depots let you rent these)
  • hand sander
  • cordless drill
  • 1/8″ drill bit
  • Hex shank spade bit 7/16″
  • 2-3 cans Kilz areosol primer
  • spray paint  (I used 2 cans each of Rustoleum Blue Lagoon, White Gloss, Neon Pink. I recommend Krylon, though — my Home Depot just stopped carrying it)
  • Polycrylic
  • blue painters tape
  • 48″ x 24″ x 3/4″ pre sanded plywood
  • spackle
  • 8 wood screws #8×2″ flat head phillips
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • level
  • protective glasses
  1. Measure and mark all chair legs to the exact same height. A level helps with this.
  2. Wearing protective glasses, use the circular saw to cut all legs where marked, separating legs from chair seat/chair back.
  3. With the hand sander and medium sandpaper, smooth cuts on legs and sand finish/stain off chairs.
  4. Prime sanded legs with the Kilz areosol primer, set legs aside to dry.
  5. Cut down the sheet of sanded plywood to a couple inches wider than the depth of your chairs. Home Depot can do this for you. I cut mine to 48″ x 18″ x 3/4″.
  6. Lay plywood board down flat. Place and mark legs in final position. This is where you will drill holes from the plywood to the legs.
  7. Using the 1/8″ drill bit, drill through the plywood where you made each mark. Then drill through the top center of each leg.
  8. Switch to the 7/16″ Hex Shank Spade bit. Carefully drill a hole 1/4″ deep into screw holes on the plywood, creating an inset that allows the screw head to lay flush (this is called countersinking).
  9. Sand the plywood top with the hand sander and medium sandpaper until smooth. Prime sanded plywood top with the Kilz and set aside to dry.
  10. Use the painter’s tape and spray paint to create the striped pattern of your choice.
  11. Once all pieces are dry, position the top onto the legs. Line up the holes, and drill in each screw.
  12. Spackle all the countersunk holes and screws and allow to dry.
  13. Spray puttied holes with primer, then carefully spray over primed patches.
  14. Finally, seal and protect your furniture with the polycrylic.


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Comments (26)
  1. 1
    kate stafford April 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    love the mismatched chair legs and the paint colors! great job claire!!

    • clairezinnecker April 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Kate!!

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    Reese April 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    love these happy colors! i think it would make a great space for plants, positioned under a sunny window and topped with a piece of glass.

    • clairezinnecker April 17, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I agree! A perfect plant habitat.

  3. 3
    Quinn Cooper April 17, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Obsessed with this DIY! Such a great idea!
    You did a great job with the color palette so nice and spring-like.
    xo Quinn
    Quinn Cooper Style

    • clairezinnecker April 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Quinn! I struggled deciding on the colors and am so glad you like them!

  4. 4
    Gail Roessler April 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I love the color and your presentation pictures. You have such a good eye.

    • clairezinnecker April 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks Gail!

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    Emily Wignall Design April 18, 2013 at 6:04 am

    darling idea! such a quirky piece. love the bright colors.

    • clairezinnecker April 18, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thank you Emily! It was definitely one of my larger DIY undertakings but well worth it.

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    Lindsay {Everistta} April 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

    That’s awesome! I love the colors! So bright and fun.

    • clairezinnecker April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Lindsay! So so glad everyone is loving the color palette!

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    Sam April 18, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Love those shoes! Where did you get them?

    • clairezinnecker April 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Thanks!! They were a lucky Nordstrom Rack find! One of the only pairs of heels I wear 🙂

      • Sarah April 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

        I too love the shoes! Can you tell us what brand they are?

        • clairezinnecker April 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

          They are Seychelles 🙂

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing April 18, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Oh, I love it Claire! Genius idea to use chairs for the base.


    • clairezinnecker April 18, 2013 at 2:10 pm

      Thanks Ashley! The chairs were a fortunate find at an antique mall and I just couldn’t pass them up!

  9. 9
    Kate April 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Very nice job, Claire! It looks great.

    • clairezinnecker April 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thanks so much!

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    S Wayne April 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    You’ve turned junk into a jewel – and it’s functional too. I love it!

    • clairezinnecker April 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thank you! It was a really fun project.

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    thebeaublogmck April 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Yes! That’s great! Love the colors!