Tuesday, January 3, 2012

coffee table transformed into a bench.
Jane @ urbanejane.5:29 PM 31 comments

Hey, hey, hey!


I'm in pretty good spirits right now. It could be the yummy pull apart pizza bread I just had (left overs from New Years eve) :) or it could be the fact that last night I tackled a project that's been sitting around in our cramped office for a year awaiting transformation. Probably both.



I've been wanting a hallway bench for quite some time, but could never find something that I liked that was in my price range (or at least the range I would like to pay). So what better way to get it than make it yourself?!



I took this $10 coffee table in all of it's scratched up glory (sigh, that picture makes my heart ache for summer), and gave it a couple of coats of this:


I have been searching for a good fabric that had a pattern (much to my husband's disdain. He's not one for anything 'wild', but prefers things simple n' plain), and found one I liked one here for $8.98/yd. I purchased 3 yards, which was plenty.


the great thing about the fabric was that it is stain & water resistant and is made for indoor or outdoor use; perfect for a bench to have outer gear thrown on it!


I slowly started collecting the materials for the bench which included:
  • three 18"x18"x3" foam cushion pads from Wal-mart @ $6 a piece - a great price for 3 inch foam! 
  • one 45"x 60" Craft batting (@ $5.99, but received as a gift from my thoughtful MIL)
  • a staple gun (I forget the price, but it was bought with a 50% off coupon)
  • an MDF board cut to size (for free) from Home Depot (under $10), which was measured to exact size as the top of the coffee table


 I laid the materials face down on the ground


and duct taped the cushions together 
(it was flimsy, but after everything is stapled together, it would be secure)

"really? duct tape?" 


 When all three pieces were taped together, it was longer than the MDF board, so I just eyed about an inch & used my handy new carve & serve knife from my MIL... it worked like a charm :)



 hootchie hoops & a carving knife? don't mess! :)


 this is what it looked like after it was cut. After I eyed the length of the material, I cut off the excess & carefully piled everything in place.


I realized that because the 3-inch foam perfectly fit along the edges of the coffee table, I spread out the batting (it made for softer edges after the material covered the seat).



with my husband's help (that material needed some MAJOR pullage around the corners to get it taut & stapled in place), we started with the corners, and stapled our way around the edges (we found that the sides didn't need to be as tight as the edges because it caused the seat to have lumps in between staples). We also made sure that the pattern was straight with every section we stapled.


trim off the excess fabric on the corners & you have your cushion!


 I realized that a bit of the edges of the table showed when the cushion was in place, 
so... in -12 degree weather, I spray painted the edges (the paint surprisingly didn't bubble or react to the weather)!


with heavy duty deck nails (that sucka ain't goin' anywhere!) we nailed the cushion in place.


 et voila~


With our bench finished, we saw in our mind's eye the many uses...


 a time-out bench for future kiddies? ;)


 a reading corner? (tray seen here)


but we decided the entryway could use a comfortable seat for those hard-to-put-on shoes.

We're loving the new bench & I can't believe how easy it was to make
 (once I got it all pulled together!)
aaaand my hubby admitted that it looked really good (considering this pattern was not his usual cup of tea!). :)

2012 is off to a fantastic start!
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About The Author Urbane Jane I'm Jane and I'm glad you stopped by! I live in Ontario, Canada, and teach in a middle school by day & blog about my life & hobbies by night.

31 comments:

  1. Janeous!

    That is actually incredible! It looks amazing~~ stop pretending you don't know how to sew/do fancy things! My old curtains are here waiting for you to turn into outfits for me and me students!


    xoxo Karen

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  2. So nice. Very glad the knife was useful. They said it would saw wood:)
    I am really impressed. Can't wait to try the bench. Mike says it sure looks good.

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  3. That's awesome! You really saw such potential in that piece! The fabric so great too. I host a party on Fridays. I'd love if you'd link up!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/01/latest-and-greatest-13.html

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  4. LOVE the bench. I have been searching for tips to make one myself for our bedroom. Problem is, we need it for actual sitting. How much weight can your coffee table bench hold up? Thanks for the tutorial!

    http://www.toddlindsey.com

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  5. Hi Jenny! I'd love to! :) thanks for checking it out.

    Hi Lindsey! the bench can actually hold up a lot of weight (both my husband and I sat on it without it creaking or breaking, so that's a good sign). :) I find the older coffee tables are constructed well & can probably withstand more weight. Hope that helps!

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  6. This is beautiful! Such a great idea, now I just need to find myself a coffee table to transform...

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  7. Amazing what you can get with abit of effort, love it

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  8. I saw your link at a blonde's diy life link party. This bench is fabulous! I'm a huge fan of upholstered benches- especially the kind that are DIY projects. The MDF board is genius. Why haven't I thought of that? I usually end up hand sewing the fabric together which never works out as well as I want it to. Next time, I'll definitely use a board to staple the fabric to. I love your fabric choice too! Great job!

    Nancy
    http://alifedesigned.blogspot.com/

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  9. I can't believe the amount of beautiful pieces you keep pumping out!
    I'm in awe!! It's absolutely beautiful. :D

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  10. Your bench turned out beautifully! I love the fabric choice and appreciate the detailed tutorial! Since you joined our party on the very last day, feel free to come by and link up to our current party so more friends get to check out your wonderful project! Thanks for linking up and don't forget to link back!

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  11. This is absolutely Adorable!! Hoping you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-22.html

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  12. Jane, LOVE your bench! So excited to look for a coffee table at a thrift store to copy your project!!
    Thanks for linking it up to Before & After at Shine Your Light....happy to meet you and your blog!

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  13. I have been looking at the thrift stores for a coffee table to do this same project. You found the perfect piece and did a fabulous job with it! I love your fabric choice!

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  14. Oh I'm in love!! Ahh-AMAZING job!! Can't wait for you to link up Thursday!!!

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  15. hi! Saw you at before and after and just wanted to say that I love your bench!! Glad your hub's likes the fabric...cause it's beautiful and looks great in your entryway.

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  16. This is so great! Love the fabric you picked too.

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  17. Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

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  18. This is so smart! Makes me wish I'd kept my coffee table in our move.

    If you're interested, Wayward Girls’ Crafts is just getting our linky party going. Please stop by and link up! http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/02/wayward-weekend-week-3.html

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  19. Wow! This is such an awesome transformation! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. can't wait to see what you share next.. so I am your newest follower!

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  20. Love this Jane!! It looks gorgeous! I've had my eye out for a suitable table for awhile but nothing yet :) Thanks for your sweet comments on my hurricane too :)

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  21. wow! what a difference! it looks amazing- love the fabric you chose. i think it fits the style of the legs/base so perfectly!

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  22. What a GREAT idea! I may use the thought in a window seat I have - a posted a link to this project on my blog that will be going up tomorrow morning at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/
    I hope that's okay! Just became a follower - great ideas!!

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  23. Omg. I have the same table! I am going to do exactly the same thing.

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  24. Love this I just found a coffee table just like that one and it is sitting in my carport waiting for me!

    I'm walking through your steps and I can see that you or your hubby have added extra support to the underside of the table itself as it doesn't match the table. Do you have any tips for how to do that part? I want to turn my table into a kitchen bench so it will need to hold a good amount of weight as it will be used all the time. Also what size nails (I think they are screws?) did you use? Thanks so much I can't wait to start on mine!

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  25. Finally found a cheap sturdy table. $10
    Fabric from a ReStore Warehouse $1 (yes $1)
    Paint - no need to purchase have plenty
    Need - foam (thanks for the walmart suggestion)
    My favorite thing about making this table...
    My hubby is an upholster... He can tackle covering it with his eyes closed.
    Visiting from Frugal Friday.... makes me want to head out and get my foam!!

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  26. Great job! Love your fabric choice.

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  27. Gorgeous! I would like a time out there :D I found you at the Best DIY Project of 2012, good luck, this is great!!!

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  28. This is fantastic! I'm inspired to do a mini version of this with my old piano bench! :)

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  30. This is great! Perfect inspiration for my completely 'blah' entry way! Or maybe in our upstairs hallway nook as a 'reading' bench? Either way, very resourceful and the fabric is lovely.

    Erin @diypassion

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  31. Perfect!!! I have been looking for a tutorial for turning my coffee table into a bench! Thank you.

    polkadottedbluejay.blogspot.com

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xo,
Jane