Measure Twice… Cut Once!

This week I have been focussing on the planning portion of my project. I need to have all of my ducks in a row before I start constructing anything.

Thus far, I have decided on the style of bench I will be making. In my search for the right style, I found Pinterest to be my best friend. I looked at multiple online stores on multiple websites, and none of them seemed to fit my taste. I have created a Pinterest board to show examples of what my finished product will be like.

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I am going to be using the above images to help me in creating my own product. It is going to be a simple bench with a shelf underneath. Like the above pictures, I am going to have the top of the bench look like barn wood. However, I am going to be painting the legs and shelf duck blue. Fun fact: my favourite colours are anything in the mint and teal family. I am thinking I will either be glazing this colour in a deep brown or black glaze.

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I found a technique that I am going to be trying in order to recreate the barn board look on new wood. After searching through google for quite some time I found a website that claims to create barn wood in 5 minutes! Sounds good to me! Simply Sarah is a blog dedicated to DIY-ing, and I am going to do my best to use her technique.

For the painting and glazing portion, I am going to be using CeCe Caldwell’s paint, and Country Chic glaze. I have already seen this paint in a local Regina store, Mabel and Martha’s. They do amazing work restoring different pieces of furniture. Check out their Facebook and Instagram. I will be purchasing my painting and glazing materials from them. Even though I will be using CeCe Caldwell paint, I will be using the Country Chic website and YouTube account to teach me the proper glazing techniques for the look I am wanting.

After measuring the length, width, and height of my bed I decided on the measurements of the bench. Attached I have a picture of my room so you can see the colour theme I will be attempting for the barn board.

Length: 48″

Width: 18″

Height: 22″




12 thoughts on “Measure Twice… Cut Once!

  1. Sarah Reimer says:

    Carley! Oh my gosh I am so hyped to follow your learning project! I think that it’s so cool that you’re building a bench. I also absolutely adore the color you chose! Once I followed your Pinterest hyperlink, I scrolled through your page and saw some swatches that you had pinned and that grey/blue birds egg color is phenomenal. Blue is such a relaxing and tranquil color so it will be so nice for that to be the color you see when you’re relaxing in your room. What are you hoping to use your bench for? Storing books or shoes? I am so curious. You are doing a fabulous job and I am looking forward to following your project journey!



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  2. misspapic says:

    I love the title of your blog! Especially because it is something that I should really learn to practice when I am constructing things- even just with paper!! I have a coffee table that is similar to the colour you are wanting to use and I absolutely love it! You definitely won’t regret using that colour!

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  3. Amy Arnal says:

    What a cool project! Your idea is reminding me of Shanty 2 Chic, they are two women who build rustic furniture. I used their blueprint for a blanket ladder once. Maybe they have some inspiration as well? Good luck!

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  4. manuelanagel says:

    I cannot wait to see how your #LearningProject unfolds! I love your use of visuals, descriptions, and best of all Pinterest!!! Pinterest honestly saves my life, from DIY projects to, lesson planning, to creating crafts and activities, to healthy eats, and the list goes on! The bench you are creating sounds beautiful already, can’t wait to see how it progresses! Great post Carley!

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  5. reganluypaert says:

    Wow Carley, this learning project is soo cool! I debate often about doing DIY projects but nothing ever seems to get done! The vision I have in my head of your bench is beautiful, you will have to post a picture of it later! Your blog is very informative and I really enjoy how many links and pictures you include throughout it. I really think the bench will go perfectly in your room!


  6. melaniegeorge9 says:

    Too funny I am sure i had a post titled exactly this with my learning project. I love your photos that go with your post. I like how you show us what your room looks like and how it will fit. Good job.


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