Coffee Table / Telephone Stand Up-Cycle Part 2

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2 Days

In Part 1 I shared on how we revamped two donated pieces of furniture and made a combination Bedside table and bench. This is Part 2 which concentrates on the bench transformation.

This is the sad bench before

I wanted the drawer portion for the bedside table makeover but that left us with a ugly carcass

Bench with drawer removed

Right so we where left with a "gappy" bench. What are we going to do with it? Bench it is, bench it will stay. We needed to remove the drawer portion of the carcass. We previously measured and were already planning to use the existing leg we were going to cut off.

Excess piece cut off

We cut the excess piece off as close to the join that was the actual the seat.

New leg of the bench

We used the leg we had cut off just cutting the excess of the drawer section, to enable it to slot in. Worked perfectly!

Leg attached

The bench has her new leg on. The other side has a arm rest and we use some of the off cut wood from the piece to build another armrest. Unfortunately my phones battery died so I had to take a charge breather.

Bench Painting

I had previously painted the bench a base coat of Annie Sloan Cocoa over which I now added various patchy pieces of Annie Sloan Lem Lem. Then I added patches of Neapolitan Blue in certain areas to give texture & definition.

Once that was dry I washed the whole piece with a layer of Neapolitan Blue and sanded to leet the Lem Lem shine through in places. Much better than it was but I saw a more bohemian character to this piece and since the stenciling was fresh in my mind I had a look at my stencils. One caught my eye.

Stenciling Equipment

A small brass stencil and the width was perfect. I did a rough checking and found the spacing to be good. As I was working on a piece that already had wet stenciling on I didn't stick the stencil down each time I found it worked better just to hold it in place.

This was by far the most labor intensive on the whole project. I used a powder interior/exterior crack filler, added water and paint until I received the desired color I was looking for. Once mixed that batch has to be used, so it's not something to start when you have a few minutes. Especially since I had created a custom color I knew the possibility of me mixing the same color were next to zero. A good 4 hours I "guesstimate". As my hands were covered in paint the stenciling sections didn't have accompanying pictures unfortunately.

Once that dried i dry brushed some more Neapolitan blue over the stencil and gave it 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Pain Lacquer

But I think the end result has been so totally worth it.

A new lease on Furniture

There we are in a bohemian rhapspdy!

We are very happy with how it turned out.

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Close up detail on Bench

Close up!

Suggested materials:
  • Secondhand Telephone Bench   (Give Away)
  • Wood Screws   (Builders Warehouse)
  • Crack Filler   (Builders Warehouse)
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  • William William on Dec 23, 2018

    Love that it's slightly wider than standard. Looks very comfortable and not confined. Also the armrests are perfect for my drink.

  • Erica Smith Erica Smith on Dec 31, 2018

    Love this chair. It truly beckons for the new blooms and for you to come sit to watch the birds. ADORE that blue color!! Definitely need to use it! Great job on Part 1 & 2!! Thanks for sharing!!!!