A Shelf Turned Bench Story

This piece has literally been sitting in my garage for over a year now! I knew that I didn't want to use it as a shelf and then the thought came.......what about a bench!! Simply remove the top shelf and repurpose it as the back to my bench.......brilliant!! :)

Here is the before......









Confession: I get way more excited over paint colors than the actual taking-apart-drilling-back-together process! What about you? I guess I'm more of a paint enthusiast at heart than a DIY-er :)

I had a vision of how I wanted the end result to look.......a blue-green-gray was dancing in my head! In the end I took the easy way out......grabbed a can of paint in my closet used to paint our master bedroom: Light French Gray by Behr which happens to be a really beautiful light blue-gray and went to town!

But first, the reconstruction......




We installed two large L-brackets to stablize the bottom 'shelf' since this would actually be the portion that people would sit on!




We then unscrewed the top 'shelf' and placed it flush against the back and secured it with mending plates.


Next comes the paint!!!!



I was turning out exactly as I'd pictured after a light distressing. I then used some silver Rub 'n Buff for the metalwork on each end.


Lastly, I sealed it with a coat of Fiddes & Sons clear wax. Smelly stuff but definitely is the easiest wax to work with:)


I can't stand how much I'm loving this piece!! I'm picturing it in our new home (yes, we may be moving in the near future) in the entryway as a place for guests to sit and take off their shoes. In my perfect world everyone would remove their shoes before coming in our home........I can dream right!?!


Here are some final pictures I snagged......








I think I'll save this beauty for my someday-gorgeous-and-dramatic entryway! Until then.......


What's your favorite piece of furniture right now?

Make it a beautiful day :)



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28 comments:

  1. This is great! How ingenious and unique! Love it!

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  2. Visiting from Craft-O-Maniac.

    Brilliant idea! I think it turned out great. The pillow was a nice touch.

    http://jennylynndesignz.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you Jenny Lynn! I think the pillow will stay then :) Thanks for visiting!

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  3. love this! what an ingenious idea to use a shelf as a bench!

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    1. Thanks Laura! We sure are loving it!

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  4. that is absolutely stunning!! But no way would my big ol butt fit on that thing.....lol

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  5. I absolutely love this. What a great idea to turn this into a bench and it didn't seem that difficult at all. Great job!

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    1. Thank you Morgan! It actually wasn't hard at all once we figured out we could repurpose it :)

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  6. How totally ingenious! Love it! such detail and the white makes it:) Beautiful....

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    1. Thank you Deidre! I love the light feel of it too :)

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  7. This is so fabulous!!! Featuring your project later today at Create & Inspire.


    XO
    Angie from Little Inspiration

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    1. Thank you SOOOO much Angie....what an honor to be featured on your beautiful blog!! Only problem is your button wouldn't work on my blog :( Hopefully I'll figure it out :)

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  8. Gorgeous! I love how it turned out!

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  9. Brooke I love your newblog and happy you told me about it. I love how the bench turned out. You are so talented!
    Oh and I love the one of JJ tell him I'm going to pin it:)

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    1. Thanks Brooke!!! LOL :) I'll let him know!

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  10. Cool transformation! I love the vintage look. I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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    1. Thank you Heidi! I'll definitely link up :)

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  11. I love this! When I saw the first picture I had no idea how big it actually was! I also love the photos with the chandelier! :)

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    1. Yes, it really is BIG and HEAVY too! I thought the chandy pics would add a different perspective.....thanks for noticing :)

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  12. what a great idea! love those pretty details!

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  13. Wow it is absolutely gorgeous! It has so much character and charm. I love the photos with the chandelier. Very pretty and creative! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  14. What a great transformation! Thank you for sharing this at Saturday Show and Tell. I can't wait to see what you have for this week! I look forward to seeing you there.
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  15. Hey, this will be featured tomorrow over at thewinthropchronicles.com! Thanks for linking up last week. Make sure to grab a feature button!

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  16. THis is a wonderful idea I love how it does not stick to far out and would be awesome for an entryway. Love it!!
    Sherry

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