Our back porch always seems to gather clutter and odd items. It had become the mudroom equivalent for our townhouse, collecting everything from spare pieces of wood, potting soil, coolers, etc. To hide said clutter, we enlisted the help of the well-laid plans of Ana White, wood-working woman guru, and set off to make an outdoor storage bench over the weekend.
Just an FYI, this is not a cheap or quick project. It took us about 8 hours to complete from start to finish (making cuts, assembling, painting, and installing the hardware). Some would argue that it would be easier (and cheaper!) to just buy one prefabricated. But when we finished, we were so proud of our handiwork.
- Always double check your measurements, especially after you cut and before you begin screwing parts together! We had to get creative when we realized (after already assembling three-quarters of the box), that we had accidentally used the 47" cuts where we should have used the 45 1/2" cuts.
- Finding the right hinges and installing them correctly is harder than you think.
- We spent roughly about one-third of our time cutting, half the time assembling, and one-third of the time painting and adding hardware.
- Lumber -- $100
- Wood screws -- $10
- Neighbor's circular saw -- $0
- Hinges and lock -- $20
- Gallon of Valspar Hydrochroma Duramax Exterior Satin paint in Pantone Green Gables -- $30
GRAND TOTAL: $160