Sunday, November 6, 2011


A few months ago I scored a free coffee table from my friend Kristi.  She warned me that it needed a little TLC.  It actually wasn't too bad it had some scratches but it was solid.  I thought that I would sand it down and paint it for myself but then I got it home and it was huge, like half the size of my couch.  It would take up my entire living room.  So now what do I do with it? 

I left it in the carport and ignored it for awhile.

Then a couple weeks ago while in the middle of another project I was inspired.  So I dropped the other project and went to town on this one.  I decided to make it into an entry bench.  I mean doesn't this table just scream make me a bench.   I initially thought it would make two benches but that didn't work out. 

I started by taking the top off. It was glued and screwed in from underneath.  Next I cut the sides and the bottom in half lengthwise with a skill saw.  I then realized the problem.

This is what the cut in half panel looked like.  Weird I couldn't just slap plywood on the back it would look unbalanced.  I got irritated and dropped the project.

The next week I picked it back up.  I ended up using the 3x3 front side piece from the other side to complete the end panels.  I first removed the sides from the bottom. Then I could cut the side down to accommodate the other 3x3 piece.  Of course this meant I could only make one bench. Oh well moving on.

To attach the end piece I used my kreg jig to make a pocket hole so that I could screw it together.

for the back I used a 1/4 inch panel.  There ended up being a groove for the back to fit into on the side pieces so that was a nice surprise.

I used the feet from the other side to make four matching fancy feet.

Here it is with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  I splurged on the paint for this table when I thought I was going to use it as my coffee table.   I didn't want to prime.  I have used the paint on lots of other projects and of course I ran out.  I had to order some more. 

My plan is to re-stain the top.  I am liking that two tone look I see all over the blogisphere.  If it doesn't turn out I will just paint it. 

I already had the baskets, I use them for storage in my bathroom closet.  Looks like I might have to give them up they could not fit any more perfectly.    

Here it is with the top sanded.  It needs one more coat of ASCP then I will distress and finish with wax.  With the left over pieces from the other side I plan to make a cubby shelf with hooks that can be hung on the wall above the bench.  I started that project today but got frustrated and dropped it.  See a pattern here.  I need to think about it a little more and pick it up when I feel inspired.  I was going to wait to post until I was finished but good lord who knows when that will be. 

Whatcha think?  Would you have cut this table in half?  

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Lyndsey said...

AAAmazing!! Love it! You are too talented!!

Shannon said...

What a great project!! Totally amazed at the ideas you come up with. Need to start looking for a solid coffee table....could use a new entry bench!! Thanks for all your sharing!

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camp and cottage living said...

This turned out great!
I'm going looking for one real soon-this one turned out so.. nicely!

Miss Char said...

What a great project, I'm glad you found a solution because your finished piece looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Robin said...

Your creativity is amazing. This project is amazing! well done girl.

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

I'm so glad there's somebody else out there that lets things stew when a problem comes up. I do that all the time and it's amazing how the solution will pop in your head at the oddest moments. I love how you puzzled this one out, it came out wonderful. Now I'm dying to see how you make the cubby shelf with hooks to go over it.
Great transformation!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Wow! Is there anything you can't do? This is fabulous too!

gail said...

Love how it is looking so far! I think the top stained will be beautiful! I too drop and pick up projects. Heck I've got one that's been waiting over a year. hahaha
yep, I think cutting it was the perfect solution!

Lisa said...

I am majorly impressed, especially with your carpentry skills. It's inspired!

Katie said...

I love this... my neighbor just built a bench very similar to this one! I love how yours came out!

kim91262 said...

i think we have that coffee table...ours is in one piece and is used as a coffee table :) i like it as a bench though; i totally need to pin this for when i no longer want this as our coffee table!!

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

Yes, with those results, I would definitely cut a table in half. It turned out beautifully. Way to go!

Sunny said...

I defo WOULD have done!!! And you do projects the same way I do- get inspiration, start...encounter problem, drop it for a while til inspiration hits to solve encountered problem, then finish project to perfection. I defo wanna see the top part of it finished too!!!

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