Friday, November 5, 2010

Table to bench

I really hate this table.

It's a nice table. It was a hand-me-down from my mom years and years ago. It is solid oak. I mean solid. It is very heavy and well made. I just didn't like the style. I got this great idea one day when I was complaining about not having enough seating around my table....I'll cut that baby down and make a bench. So I did.
I used a jigsaw.
I measured my dining chairs and they were 18" high so that is what I cut the bench to. I took the brace off between the table legs...
and put it back on the bench with my handy dandy brad nailer.
Painted, two coats. Left over black from the murphy bed. Behr paint and primer in one from Home depot.
Sanded the edges for a distressed look.
Then I put Minwax Early American stain over the whole thing. Let it dry for a long time. Then I got to bring it in... the best part.
It sets right by my dining table.
And the best part, when I need it, it pulls up and I can sit two more adult behinds or 3 kid behinds.
Luuuuve it! Just in time for Thanksgiving! Now who's coming?
By the way, I'm thinking of painting my dining chairs black too, what do you think?

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  1. Wow - I love it too! Great idea to stain the sanded areas. And I really like your black-chair idea....and I'll throw this out there too...what about painting the base of your table black as well?

  2. Katie, I love that idea. As I look around, maybe I should paint my barstools too. How am I going to get all this done, not sure.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. You are so handy! That was fantastic how you did that. Looks great. I would definitely paint your chairs black and also paint the table base black to tie everything in and give it a more updated look. Linda

  4. Perfect! I've got to remember this trick!

  5. Looks great! I love home improvement projects too. I'm following you back.

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  6. smart smart. Yes, paint everything. You have nothing else going on do you? hahahah I do like the idea to paint the table base black too.

  7. Brooke it looks great! I love having an extra bench in the house. You were wise to use a sturdy table too. Not all tables will work for this project. I love your distressed touches too. I am your newest follower, have a great Met Monday, tami

  8. Very clever repurposing the table into a bench! And the black looks so sleek :D

  9. That is awesome! I would love for you to come link that in my Strut Your Stuff Party!

  10. Brooke, that is one fine before and after. You go girl with the power tools! Thanks for linking this up!

  11. Brooke,
    Your table turned bench looks outstanding!!! Happy Fall!