Emily / Relentless Furniture
Emily / Relentless Furniture
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  • South Milwaukee, WI

Updating a 70's Style Coat Rack Storage Bench

6 Materials
$45
10 Hours
Medium

I found this old coat rack storage bench at a thrift store for $10! It was in good condition except for a small hole in one of the door panels and a flat, dirty seat cushion. So I reupholstered the seat and then tried to find a way to replace the door panels - all with the goal of updating the 70's look.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

Here is the original piece. You can see the hole at the bottom of the door.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

The first thing I did was start removing all the pieces that made up the door panels. I started at the bottom where the hole made it easier to start pulling out the pieces.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

For the rest of the panels, I used a large drill bit to create a small hole and then started pulling it apart. When I first started this process, I was just using my bare hands to get all the panel pieces out, but I ended up with a few scratches, so I grabbed a pliers to help removed the broken pieces.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

For the new paneling, I wanted to use multi-color stained wood strips. I got a long piece of plywood and used a table saw to cut 2 inch wide strips. Once I had enough to cover the doors and the bottom panels, I sanded each piece before I started staining.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

I had picked up this blue-gray paint at the discounted/returned paint section at Home Depot and didn't have a specific use for it. But when I started this project, I thought it could work as a paint wash. I poured a little bit of paint in a small container, added water, and stirred it up before brushing it on. This paint wash technique lets you see the wood grain through the color, giving it almost a stained look. The first wood piece I painted was too dark, so I simply added more water to dilute the color a bit.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

The other two colors I chose were both Minwax stains - Golden Pecan and Weathered Oak.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

Once all the stain was dry, I covered each piece in polyurethane. After that, I took the door off of the coat rack and laid the pieces on the back side of the door. I used a nail gun to secure each piece in place.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

For the bottom panels, I did the same process of cutting, staining, and poly on all of the wood strips. The only difference was that each wood strip on the doors was 2 inches, the bottom strips were 4 inches wide. I also added a 1x2 piece of wood to the center of each panel to make it more secure and help the panel strips lay flat.

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

Here is the final look!

(I didn't show the process of reupholstering the seat. But I have detailed tutorials of my upholstery process on some of my other posted projects.)

updating a 70 s style coat rack storage bench

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2 questions
  • HFredda
    on Jun 30, 2019

    👌. The piece is attractive and functional. A solid royal blue fabric would match the blue stain and make the storage piece “pop”! Red fabric could work too! I would suggest the fabric be a durable leather!


    Question:

    The piece is a coat rack storage bench.

    Do guests use it or just family members?


  • Clarence
    7 days ago

    How to build a stairway railing?

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  • Angi
    7 days ago

    I adore this! All the color choices, the textile for the seat, all of it! The only thing I would do differently is keeping the blue wash the first shade of darker, for a couple strips, and the more diluted on a couple strips, along with the other 2 natural finishes. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cynthia E
    7 days ago

    Fantastic job, you took it from 70's to a modern piece you would see in a store now.

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