Sunday, July 25, 2010


When I got to re-decorate (can you call it re-decorating when it's never been decorated before?), I knew I wanted a bench of some sort at the end of the bed. I couldn't BELIEVE how expensive benches were at furniture stores! $250 would have been cheap!

Thanks to the Internet, I found some transformations of coffee tables into benches. I found a coffee table on that had pretty legs, and I talked the seller down from $30 to $15. At first I was going to paint it (that's always easier), but I had a serious paint mishap that meant I had to strip the whole thing anyway! After going through all that work, I decided to stain it the same as the tops of my dresser and chest of drawers. The fabric was a red-tag clearance from JoAnn's. The most expensive part was the green foam for the top!

A couple of months later, I found this coffee table for FREE on It was long and narrow, like the first one, and it had pretty details on the legs. I painted it white and distressed it. The handle is purely decorative. I painted it with ORB spray paint, followed by a light spray of silver--I think it gives an aged-pewter type look. I didn't splurge in as heavy of foam for this one, and the fabric came from a tablecloth I found at Savers.

Of course, the easiest benches to transform are the ones that start out as benches! This one I found for $5 at a garage sale. The legs needed to be tightened, but there was nothing much else wrong with it. I used a $2 can of "oops" paint on it, followed by a black glaze. Someday I would like to have benches at my table--it just seems simpler than trying to keep 3 chairs on each side neat. Unfortunately, I need something longer than 48". Maybe someday I will try to build my own!

Benches. Gotta love 'em!

The DIY Show Off


Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special


Rachel said...

Not that it is anything fancy but the tables and benches that DI make is what we have. Makes a really nice long table. We sit 10-12 easily around it.

I would have never thought to make a bench out of a coffee table. You continue to amaze me!

Julie said...

Love it! I've been wanting to try this!

Lolly Jane said...

just been reading your blog for the past 10 mins. now i have to referee my 2 boys fighting over army men toys. wanted to say i love your refinishing finds!

come visit sometime! :)

your newest followers! :)kelli & kristi