DIY Farmhouse Backyard Bench

The DIY farmhouse backyard Bench is a fast and simple tutorial that can be completed in under 20 minutes. Follow along to make your own at theoldsummershome.com

Hello and welcome to The Old Summers Home! Today I’m showing you how I built this DIY Farmhouse Backyard Bench in under 20 minutes. This is such a simple tutorial and the bench is solid and gorgeously rustic. I’m currently sitting on this bench as I type this, I just love it so much.

I also have a special surprise for you in this post! I love summer so much I wanted to share some of that passion with all of you and joined The 2019 Garden Tour! So keep reading and get ready for mega inspiration!

When we did our mudroom laundry room makeover I removed some rustic wood we had used as shelving for our boots and miscellaneous stuff. I had no idea what I would do with the gorgeous wood so it has been stored since then. I may hoard wood and stash it all over the garage lol. This wood had been removed from a farmyard years ago where it was actually planks for a fence that needed some repairs. I couldn’t let them toss it so I salvaged it right away.

If you can’t find any farmhouse wood you could always make new wood look old with a tutorial, check out our Farmhouse Sign to see how I made new wood look rustic! Or you could make it out of any wood really and finish it with stain or paint.

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Make your cuts

Because my longest plank was 45 inches I decided that would be the length of my farmhouse backyard bench. Using a square I marked out two 16 inch pieces on one plank of wood, these would be my bench legs. I wanted my legs to be in a few inches on each end so I marked 6 inches from each end on the 45-inch bench top board. I cut the third plank to 33 inches to fit between the two legs.

You will need three planks to complete your DIY farmhouse backyard bench.

Make sure to use a square and a pencil so that you draw a nice straight line before cutting your planks with a circular saw.

I actually had Josh do it on his lunch break since he had all the tools at his job site. He has a new cordless Dewalt circular saw that at the time I was not very familiar with and didn’t want to mess up these cuts since I had no spare planks laying around. I have been using this saw a lot over the past few days and am now much more confident in my cuts.

Just like any tool make sure you familiarize yourself with and don’t be afraid to ask someone more experienced for a bit of guidance using it.

Assembling the DIY Backyard Bench

Assembling is very quick so stick with me here. First, you need to lay the top plank of your board on a flat surface with the top side facing downward.

Align legs at the 6-inch mark on bottom of bench top plank and centre the middle plank

Then place the legs so that the inside sides are on the 6-inch marks you marked earlier from each end of top plank.

Now place the 33-inch plank between the two legs.

If you have an extra person around have them hold the leg and centre plank on the opposite of the bench while you pre-drill one leg to the centre plank. Then screw that leg into place using a 5-inch deck screw.

Screw one screw into each leg into centre plank of your farmhouse bench while holding in place.

Repeat on the opposite side of the bench. I put one screw in each leg then flipped the bench over.

Attach the top of your Backyard Bench

Place the bench on a level flat area and pre-drill through the top into each leg. Use 5-inch deck screws to hold in place.

Repeat for the second leg.

You will pre-drilll and screw in from the top 7 screws the longer the better I used 8-inch and 10-inch deck screws.

Measure the centre plank from the edge of the top bench plank to ensure you don’t miss while pre-drilling. Pre-drill three holes into the centre plank through the top plank. Use 5-inch deck screws to secure.

Now back to the legs. Pre-drill once again and this time you can use shorter deck screws if you wish. I did so because I ran out of 5-inch screws haha. In all honesty, I used a few 4-inch screws in there somewhere too.

Place a second screw into your legs to finish your backyard bench.

Once you have another screw in each leg you have completed your DIY Farmhouse Backyard Bench. Give yourself a pat on the back and take a seat!

Enjoy your DIY Backyard Bench!

A simple tutorial by The Old Summers Home our DIY farmhouse backyard bench!

I hope you enjoyed making this DIY project with us today. I personally just absolutely love mine! All you need is 20 minutes and you can be enjoying your very own. If you love farmhouse style be sure to check out our other tutorials like our Farmhouse Shutters and our DIY Raised Garden!

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That is the end of our fabulous Garden Tour! I hope you have become inspired and have a whole new list of ideas to incorporate into your own yard! While you’re out checking the other blogs on the tutorial be sure to check out their other amazing content and follow along with their adventures. We would love to have you subscribe to our newsletter too!

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Thank you for coming to visit today! Hope to see you again soon! Also a huge thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who worked together to make this tour such a success! It was absolutely amazing to be a part of this!

Until next time;

Jenn Summers

The Old Summers Home

26 thoughts on “DIY Farmhouse Backyard Bench

  1. kerri morris says:

    Everything you do is brilliant! Another home run! Ive got lots of leftover wood from various projects. I may try to distress them and make a bench for the dock on the lakeside! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Erin says:

    I can’t believe this was such a quick project! Way to go! I love this garden hop! Are you all doing another one in the near future? My husband and I have plans to make an outdoor table and I also am going to try to to marble large plastic pots like I did in a post already ( linked to my name).

    • Jenn Summers says:

      Thanks, Erin yes for quick and simple. I’m not sure about another Garden Tour yet this year but I know I have started thinking about a DIY summer project tour and maybe even a recipe tour. I would love to have you both join, the more the merrier! I’ll make a post in the DIY Bloggers Support Group in the next couple of days!

  3. Andrea says:

    Jenn,
    Your instructions are always so simple and easy to follow.
    Last year we made a lawn chair from driftwoods and I think this bench would be nice next to it. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Kippi says:

    Wonderful rustic garden bench. I love the garden tour. Thank you for sharing at You’re The Star (YTS) blog hop.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi
    #2019gardentour
    Ps. Pinning

  5. Jade says:

    Perfect timing. Do you think I can use driftwood for this? We’re going to the islands and can just collect them there lol Otherwise, I don’t know where I can get the wood…unless I chop the eyesore that is the kitchen cupboard but my husband will probably go ballistic. haha

    • Jenn Summers says:

      hahaha Jade, I’m not sure how driftwood would work, I have never seen large pieces the ones I have seen were really light and i’m not sure how much they were actually driftwood lol. Is it strong?

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