My bench would be budget-friendly! My bench would be fabulous!
I started with two pieces of old painted pine that lived previously as inefficient shelves in my hall closet. Here's what the boards looked like:
I decided I needed to make the piece uniform, but I didn't want to go through the trouble of painting. Ultimately, I decided to wrap all eight legs in jute twine from the dollar store (the same kind I used to make my Christmas wreath) to make them look uniform.
Finally, I cut a long table runner in half and upholstered the two shelves with it using tacks. (Had I a staple gun, I would have used that.)
I didn't attach the two shelves together. I decided to leave them modular.
I loaded the whole thing up with shoes and... ta da!
That said, I'm satisfied. What do you think?