Turn An Old Chair Into A Bench

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by Our Crafty Mom
Today I am sharing my DIY dining room bench. The fabric I chose is perfect for the project I had in mind, as well as the theme of Modern Flair. My dining room is very narrow and I have a large dining table. This makes it a little difficult to move around, especially during the Holidays when company is over. For quite some time, I have been wanting to build a dining room bench for one side of the table for additional seating. The plan is to store the bench under the table when not in use, creating more room to move around. This bench really came together in no time.
Now, the last thing I need is another chair, however, this baby was 50% off! For $3 I could get 4 beautiful spindle legs that would be perfect for my dining room bench. I will repurpose the top half for something down the road, as you never know when you will need half a chair!
Paint the legs the color of your choice. While I wanted it to blend nicely with the dining room table, which has a weathered gray finish, I also wanted a modern flair for this bench. Therefore, I went with a gray base and used my favorite metallic silver paint to bump it up a notch. I have used this combination several times and just love it!
Next, use a staple gun to attach the fabric over the foam and 3′ board making sure it’s pulled taut and even. The legs were attached with wood screws. The great thing about repurposing is- not only the pride in the finished product- but also the amount of money you can save. I could never buy this bench for what it cost me to build it.
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  • Anny Palanzi Anny Palanzi on Nov 21, 2016
    I like the silver legs. Nice. I have 2 dining chairs with the same shape, more or less, as the chair you used. I'm thinking of combining the two to make something similar to your bench. How thick was the piece of plywood that you used? Also, did you screw the legs on the piece before or after you padded and covered the seat? Thanks.

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  • Liz Liz on Jan 01, 2017
    Great idea, but don't take away from your work by cheaping out on the foam. Make a nice thick upholstered seat and you'll have a masterpiece.

    • Wendy Jones Wendy Jones on Aug 09, 2018

      You sound like a professional. I thought I would go to your page and maybe get some good tips, but you have nothing.

  • Joanie Joanie on May 21, 2019

    Come on now.......let's Taco 'bout it........