Saturday, May 17, 2014

DIY Chairs to Bench - How To

Yes, yes, I haven't blogged in awhile, which is how I've been starting all my blog posts. School is kicking my behind, working night shift, is well -- hell, and the kids have one heck of a schedule. My house is pretty much condemnable BUT I found some time to finally make my bench.

We went from this:

 to this....

And this is how......

So I had these chairs in the basement - oh for about a year (and that's probably a generous estimation). The arm broke on one of the chairs. I've been seeing these really cute chairs to bench ideas on Pinterest and other blogs that I saved them to do that.  So finally did it.

 Removed the arms.

 Made a template for the bench seat

 Wood putty'd the holes -- only to realize I putty'd the holes with stuff that doesn't dry or you can't paint. Why would anyone need that -- so started all over with stuff that worked -- and made sure I read the packaging this time
 Seriously, why do they even sell non hardening non paintable stuff?

 Spray painted the heck out of them.  
 Then I rubbed some dark walnut stain into the chairs to 'antique' them.
We -- actually I -- yes, Jason let me use the jigsaw -- cut out the bench seat.

 Foam, cotton batting and...
 My bed spread. It was getting thread bare, but I love it, so figured this was a great way to keep it around.

 We screwed the front legs together in two spots, glued the bench down.  The glue didn't work, so we screwed the bench seat in.

et voila
so excited
we have a bench now

This isn't its final resting place--but it'll be a little bit before I can get it together to do that.  Im hoping to go to part time days and to finish my nursing education program in August and then I will have some more time.....well maybe.

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Dodi said...

Love this!

Rock Chef said...

That is sweet!

Lisa Lewis Koster said...

So cute! I'm glad to see you finally had time to work on it! I can totally relate. I just finished redoing a coffee table for my son's birthday, which was at the end of March...

Anonymous said...

That is so neat. Its great!


PS I have been a Registered Nurse for 42 years!!