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 🙂