Remember the time that a friend gave your mother a door?
Not just any door.
A beautiful, chippy, multi-painted layered door with an amazing patina and a story to tell.
And then my brother transformed the door into a bench for my mother’s front porch…..
….in one hour.
Thirty six hundred seconds.
Exactly the time it takes me to curl my hair.
And after he finished it and I saw it….I asked him if I could put it on the blog.
And could he please write the directions down for me so I could share it with all of you in case you have a door that needs desperately to transform itself into a bench.
He wrote down the following directions for me and then explained the process in great detail. And then he finished with,
“I know you’re going to re-write these with your funny voice.”
My funny voice?
“What?” I asked.
“You know” he said patiently, “when you write those posts and you say it from your point of view and you use funny words.”
You have to love a brother who transforms a door in an hour…..
….and gets your humor, too.
How to Build a Bench from a Door
(as explained by my brother without any of my funny words)
Note: The most ideal door will be weathered and worn.
From an architectural standpoint a door with 4 panels where 2 of the panels are longer then the other 2 is the most ideal.
Step 1: Cut the door in half horizontally so you are left with the two long panels intact and the two short panels intact. (If you have a proper door the cut will not be far from the “halfway point”…..but instead where the panels are divided.)
Step 2: Cut the long panels in half vertically. I made the cut slightly off center, so the “longer” half would be used as the back and give it a little more height. The other piece I will call the “seat panel”
Step 3: Assemble a base using 2 x4’s. I cut two long pieces the length of the “seat panel.” And then made several “ribs” the width of the seat panel minus the 2×4 boards I cut for the width. The end result should be a rectangle with support pieces in the middle. Note: I made my box width smaller by 2 inches to allow the seat panel to overhang for a more comfortable seat.
Step 4: Attach the 2×4 base to the seat panel using nails or screws. In my application I cut a piece of plywood to go underneath (between the door and the 2×4 box) It provides stability as well as keeping the panel from caving in.
Step 5: Attach the back at to the base. On the placement, I tried to give as much height to the back as possible and still give myself enough room to put two rows of screws.
Step 6: Time to make the sides. Cut the bottom door panels in half exactly.
Step 7: Attached the cut bottom/side panels to the already constructed bench in line with the back. These can face either way you prefer, but make sure they match. I placed them so the thicker part of the panel faced back. Note: to get a good arm height you may need to cut some off of the bottom panels.
Step 7b: For the arm rests I added pew tops from another project.
Step 8: I added a small 2×4 leg for extra support. Other than that paint it and you are good.
(total aside: and that rock stars is how a true diy’er writes a tutorial).
And now I’m adding a step 9.
Step 9: Curl your hair while your brother builds a bench.
Then take a picture with a the cutest pair of twinkling brown eyes to celebrate.