Bench Makeover

Oh, I had fun with this!!  I went in to our local hairdressing shop to talk with the owner, Teri, about something { more on that in the near future 😉 } and she mentioned she wanted a bench for the waiting area.  I had my mission.

First stop – Pinterest, of course!!  I saw lots of different benches.  Some built-in, some solid and chunky and some just a plywood base with foam and legs and others were coffee tables transformed.  I wasn’t sure about sourcing legs so I thought I’d explore the coffee table avenue further.  Some were big and square, which would not work for the space and then others were long and rectangular.  Just want I wanted!!

That meant I had to find a good sturdy coffee table that could hold weight.  Hmmmm…..I wasn’t sure how tricky that could be.  I had a look on Kijiji and found lots of other stuff I wanted and even found a chair I was looking for.  But no coffee table that fit the bill.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been on a big kick of milk painting everything. Well, one day when I was out looking at Forbes New to You for stuff to paint, I came across this scene:

before bench


Just what I needed!!! A sturdy, solid coffee table that would turn into a bench very easily!  Sold!!

I had fabric picked out and I knew I wanted to milk paint the legs in Typewriter and distress them a bit.  So, I got to work.  I sanded down the legs and painted them with three coats of Typewriter and then sanded them again to distress them.  I gave them a coat of Tough Coat, a good durable sealer that would help the legs stand up to the abuse they may endure sitting in a waiting area of a hairdressing shop.  The top of the bench got 3″ foam to give it some height and then a layer of terylene followed by the fabric.

And then you put it all together and Ta-da!!!!

Bench AfterBench after

When it gets delivered in the next few days, I’ll take a few pictures to show you where it really belongs.  I’m pleased with how it turned out!!

And remember, if you have a project in mind that you need some help with, I’m your girl!

To be continued,


PS On another note completely, I’d love to find an old floor vent for this one in our living room, it drives me a little crazy… 😛

  • Goods For Sale » Farm Fresh Style - April 21, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    […] the corner of the bench I re-purposed from a coffee table, too.  You can read about that project HERE. It’s exciting when you get to work on fun projects and see things pull together.  I have […]ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Riley - April 25, 2015 - 9:45 am

    I love this! I have a similar table in my booth that I painted awhile ago and hasn’t sold. Would love to turn it into a bench and either keep it or try to sell it. I’ve never made a bench before. Can you share how you attached the fabric?ReplyCancel

    • - April 25, 2015 - 9:35 pm

      Hi Jenny, Thanks for the feedback!! I upholstered the fabric to the coffee table top like you would upholster a dining room chair seat. I didn’t take pictures of the process but it’s a basic upholstery technique. ~LoriReplyCancel