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Try this Ikea hack to create your own custom bench
Buy this untreated wood product so you can design it to fit perfectly into your house!

Posted by Katie R. from Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Published See Katie R.'s 7 projects »
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  • How to make a bench. Ikea Nornas Bench Customization Project - Step 1
    Step 1

    After you've built your Ikea NORNAS bench, place a drop cloth underneath the piece of furniture

  • How to make a bench. Ikea Nornas Bench Customization Project - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take your wood staining product (this is Minwax Walnut stain) and squeeze it into the surface you're staining. Then, take your cheese cloth and work it into the wood in even strokes.

  • How to make a bench. Ikea Nornas Bench Customization Project - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is the top of the bench after 1 coat of stain. If you prefer a darker wash, do one more coat. You can also cover the rest of the bench with stain for a uniform look, but if you want the same look I've created, go on to paint out the bottom half with your paint of choice; I used Americana Decor Chalky Paint to get a matte finish; it's also very thick paint, so usually only requires 1 coat.

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