Bench Before and after

I know you guys have seen these old dated coffee tables at just about every garage sale or thrift store you’ve been to. I always pass them by, I could never really come up with  good way to up cycle one. Until now. When we purchased our King size bed we didn’t get a head or foot board we decided we’d just make them ourselves. We have already finished the DIY Upholstered Headboard and the foot of the bed was looking mighty bare. My neighbor was moving and asked if i wanted an old coffee table and a side table, me being me, I said SURE, bring it on over! I honestly had zero intentions of using it (Sorry Dylan) but then The Beard and I were hanging in the garage one day and he sat down on it….. I immediately knew Exactly what to do with it. Turn it into an Upholstered bench! I love it when eureka moments happen, so fun.

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What you’ll need:

The How To Of It All:


bench before painted bottom

We cleaned it up with a degreaser and primed the bottom half. We didn’t do the top because it will be upholstered. I didn’t add any other paint or colors because I knew I’d be distressing it and I wanted it to have a chalk paint/matte finish.

distress white paint

When the paint was dry I took a hand sander to it and distressed it. I love how it turned out.
foam collage

We covered the top with spray adhesive, attached the upholstery foam, and trimmed it down to size. We also added a layer of batting on top of the foam to make it look smooth when the fabric was attached.

We then laid the painters drop cloth down, set the coffee table on top , and cut it down to size. I didn’t take any pictures of the upholstery part, I got a little ahead of my self and wanted to get it finished. We pretty much did the exact same process that we did on the DIY Upholstered Headboard SUPER EASY it took a total of about 3 hours to finish this whole project. NOt including dry time for the primer.

When it was done I added the baskets to both sides for added storage. They have chalkboard displays already on them so I wrote his and hers with a chalk pen.

basket collage

It turned out fantastic! It really finishes our bed and was so easy.


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Coffee Table PinI just love it. It’s such a HUGE change from where we started. hope you guys enjoyed our little upholstered bench makeover. thanks for stopping by!


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21 Comments on Upholstered Bench from a Coffee Table

    • stacey
      07/15/2015 at 9:29 AM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Bre! I’m so glad you like it.

  1. Rachel
    07/15/2015 at 10:08 AM (2 years ago)

    Super gorgeous, love love the nailhead trim!

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:38 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Rachel! I love nailhead trim also, it makes everything look more put together. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  2. Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
    07/15/2015 at 4:07 PM (2 years ago)

    Oh, Stacey. You guys did such a fantastic job on this makeover. It is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S! I looove it so much!

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:37 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Sarah! I think we were even surprised it turned out as well as it did LOL.

  3. Amberjane
    07/19/2015 at 9:42 AM (2 years ago)

    I love the bench it is awesome – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:36 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

  4. Angela @ Simply Beauitful By Angela
    07/21/2015 at 12:05 PM (2 years ago)

    I absolutely love how this turned out! Most tables that I’ve seen repurposed into benches or ottomons you can still somewhat tell it was a table, but not yours! Awesome job 🙂

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:35 PM (2 years ago)

      Angela, you are so sweet! Thank you for taking the time to stop by. It’s so appreciated.

  5. Shelly
    07/23/2015 at 11:15 PM (2 years ago)

    This is stunning Stacey! Great job – thanks for sharing!

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:34 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Shelly! I’m so happy you like it.

  6. Brenhna
    07/24/2015 at 12:19 PM (2 years ago)

    A bench at the end of the bed is a fantastic look! Did you think of adding casters?

    • stacey
      07/24/2015 at 12:33 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi Brenhna,
      Actually it has some on it that are original. They’re up under the wood trim and still work perfectly, so we left them on it.Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Have a great day.

  7. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    08/25/2015 at 11:57 AM (2 years ago)

    What?! This is amazing! Holy moly you are crazy talented. If I attempted that, it would NEVER look this good! Love what you’ve done!

    • stacey
      08/25/2015 at 1:17 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Chrissa! You are so kind.

  8. Kelley
    08/25/2015 at 12:21 PM (2 years ago)

    I love the transformation! It was made for that space. Nice work.

    • stacey
      08/25/2015 at 1:17 PM (2 years ago)

      Thank you Kelley! It was definitely one of those, you didn’t realise you needed it until it was there, kind of things. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

  9. rachel fox carter
    09/14/2015 at 6:10 PM (2 years ago)

    Had an amazing fun time recreating this piece Stacey !!!

  10. Keri
    10/12/2015 at 3:48 PM (2 years ago)

    This bench is fantastic!! Great repurpose of an old coffee table!! I love how you put baskets in there for additional storage!! It looks really good!!


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