DIY Wooden Chevron Bench

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Now that it’s nice out and I have some extra time on my hands, I’ve been itching to build and design some more furniture pieces. Good thing my parents needed a new bench for their entryway, right? I designed this fun, chevron-topped wooden bench for their entryway and partnered with my friends at Plutonium Paint to give you the plans for free! Do I win the Daughter-Of-The-Year Award now, or later?

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To be honest, I’ve been using Plutonium Paint for my heavy duty projects for a while now. Their cans make life really easy. You can use them upside down, their colors are great for outdoor use, and there’s an awesomely fast dry time, which makes completing a project so much quicker. They also come with different size spray heads, which makes it possible to paint any project! In conclusion, this is why partnering with them on this project just felt so right.

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In total, this build took a weekend for me to finalize (which, really isn’t so bad)! If you’re ambitious enough, it can even be completed in one day.

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Before you start, here are some tips to make this build feel like a cakewalk.

1. Pre-cut all pieces except for your top chevron panels and your angled middle pieces. Because these are cut on angles, it will be easiest for you to measure as you go!

2. Fill holes, stain, and paint your base before attaching the top! That way you don’t have to worry about getting spray paint on your top panels.

3. Make sure to use the appropriate finish for each part of your bench. While the base will work with paint and a clear coat, you may need to use a heavier sealer on the top if the bench is going to be used outdoors.

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As for the products I recommend for this build, here you go!

For the base I used Plutonium Paint Cleveland Gray Spray Paint
(PS. Check out those spray nozzles I spoke about up top – every size for every project!)

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Plutonium Paint Clear Gloss Spray Paint (for the base and indoor use only)
Paintable/Stainable Wood Filler
Outdoor Sealer (if keeping the bench outdoors)
American Walnut Stain (color I used for the top)
KREG Pocket Hole Screws (2 ½”)
KREG Foreman (this thing is life changing)

Feeling ready to get started? You can click on the photo below for the free downloadable plans!

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Want to save this project for later? You can Pin It!

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No matter if you make this project today, tomorrow, or in five years, make sure to tag me in your build! You can share your build on social media to #diyhunted or #diyhuntress! Can’t wait to see it!

* This post is sponsored by Plutonium Paint. All opinions, designs, and color choices are my own! For my full disclosure policy, please click here.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Bridget Roddy

    Pinning this for later! I was just talking about building my own bench for my back porch because I couldn’t find anything that fit. I love this idea!

    • Sam Raimondi

      Yes! Love! Hope you make it! Don’t forget to print out the free PDF plans!

  • carolyn

    I love the colour your chose for your bench. It’s unique

  • Jack Bennett

    Fully agree on the color. It looks amazing. Can you give us the name of the color or any other identifier? Many thanks.

    • Sam Raimondi

      Hi! Thank you! You can find direct links to all of the products in my post. The color I used for the base is called “Cleveland Grey” and for the top I used “American Walnut” with an outdoor sealer. Hope this helps!

  • Thomas

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 jwafr

  • McCormick Spraying Service

    I cant figure how to download these plans. can you help me please

  • Paul Rakowski

    Love it

    • Sam

      Thank you, Paul!

  • Casey Carter

    I can’t find the video on youtube. Am I searching for the wrong thing?

    • Sam

      Hi! I have two different chevron bench projects on my website, but it’s the other one that has a YouTube tutorial! Sorry for the confusion!

  • tim reddin

    I’d like the plans for the Chevron bench, please.

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