In order to make the top of my bench seat look seamless, I realized I would need to make a better-defined "top." Otherwise, I'd spend my days obsessing over the gap between the two TV stands making up the bench. Well, never fear, because I have an idea!
Meet my idea! Two 9.5" wide wood boards.
I cut them to size and got to work staining them, using my trusty dark walnut stain.
I applied one coat...
...and then a second coat. Lovely!
I dry-fit them into place and was already in love.
I used screws that were the *perfect* length to go through the wood boards and just into the top of the bench.
Ta da!! Of course, I didn't think to remove my curtain rod from the top of the bench when I took the picture, but we'll chalk that up to this not being the final-final reveal, ok?
Here's my shopping list for this project, in case you'd like to try it for yourself.