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Want a Bench- Think Coffee

From a second hand coffee table to a comfortable Bench - just the right size!
Time: 6 Hours Cost: $30 Difficulty: Medium
I picked up a used Lane coffee table for $10.00
Unscrewed the top, used an old "Memory Foam" twin mattress topper I sent my daughter off to college with a few years back...and then ....after sanding, staining with grey stain (2 colors to create a driftwood effect), a linen shower curtain (wrapped and stapled) and some nail heads....ta-daaaa...from coffee table to extremely comfortable Bench for less than $30.00
It sits at the foot of our bed in-front of a fireplace... I used the same stain on a mantle and base to create a driftwood effect!
Several people have asked about the strength of the bench - since it was my first post I was afraid to add too much - but I see these questions would help - so YES - I cut "cross" support wood and screwed them in about every 10" as you can (probably) see - the lane coffe table had a complete support for the top all the way around anyway - but if your table does not - this is how to make it strong!
I have also been asked if I used the same top - YUP and it is VERY Cushy because i stayed with the wicker top - but you can always use plywood!
Staining - Last omission- the 2 small stains are what I used on the bench - I added the rosewood to the fireplace I am working on now - I will set up a second post with the fireplace mantle and base that only cost $12.00 total (using my already purchased stains) YES - that's it! look for the post
Ignore the mess that I make with the cans - I move fast and don't worry about clean up - but here is a close up of the product I used - notice that it says -"3X faster, covers in one coat, and dries in one hour" These are words I live by - LOL but be aware you do not need MUCH - and IT DOES soak in fast and cover the whole wood grain even with a little - but don't fret - just wipe real hard and take it off or add the overlapping color in streaks (not an all over pattern) let sit for a second and then rub in "streak" direction - It is a no fail process - just keep rubbing until you get the look- sand off or sand edges for an even more weathered look! I even step back a week later and add touches where I feel it needs it -

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  • Miriam I
    Miriam I Bay Shore, NY
    on Dec 7, 2014

    Wow, what an incredible upcycle! It looks like a designer piece.

  • Amy Ogden-Paparone
    Amy Ogden-Paparone Gilbertsville, PA
    on Dec 7, 2014


  • Winnie
    Winnie Columbus, NC
    on Dec 8, 2014

    What's under the memory foam ? The same top you removed in the beginning ? Doesn't look like that old top would be sturdy enough for a bench. Or am I missing something ? In any case - nice job ! It's quite pretty.

    • Sherry
      Sherry Westerly, RI
      on Dec 8, 2014

      @Winnie - Thank you for asking! This was my first post ever - I was pushed to put it up by friends and you ASK a very important question- I neglected to add- YES it is the same top - BUT you are correct - I laid cross bars every 10" inches for added support - (2 were there previously - I will post a photo tomorrow) - It holds my husband and myself and 2 puppies with complete sturdiness - (185lbs and 130lbs and 8lbs each) but a solid plywood probably could/would hold more.

  • Jennifer Allan
    Jennifer Allan Melissa, TX
    on Dec 8, 2014

    Amazing! !

  • Brenda H
    Brenda H Pittsburgh, PA
    on Dec 8, 2014

    Just today I took a coffee table similar to this out to my garage with the thoughts off getting rid of it... mmmmm need to rethink this now. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sherry
      Sherry Westerly, RI
      on Dec 8, 2014

      @Brenda H if not let me know where you are - I'll be at that curb site fast!

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