I found the plans for this bench in Ana White's book, The Handbuilt Home - 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room. You can purchase it on Amazon or check it out from your library (which is what I did!). It's filled great ideas. You can also view her plans for the Rustic X Bench here on-line. We (yes, my husband assisted me with this) modified it just a tad, using some scrap wood we had in our garage for some of it. This is more of a decorative accent bench, as opposed to something you'd use daily at a table, but it's sturdy & stylish - a win + win for me!
I lightly sanded it, then spray painted the edges with black paint. I then painted it with white chalk paint, sanded the edges (so the black would pop out a tad) and then finished it with a clear wax, giving it a rustic look. VERY easy.