Old Bench Redo


Have an old bench?
Look what can be done with it!


I think this was an old vanity bench that someone painted white. It’s a little chippy and I like that so I left it.

I took this bench....

white bench

and this old wooden tray (from a tag  sale)...

tray (2)

and made this for my granddaughter’s bed:


Isn’t it gorgeous? The tray fit exactly right! It’s one of those projects that work out perfectly and easily. Wow. I wanted to keep it for myself but ... Faith  liked it so much...
I have to look for one for me now.... tagging starts soon. YAY!

I snagged my nephew, Mike, into cutting off the legs on the bench. Here he is measuring...


Here is the leg cut off.

Legs cut off

Here are the sawed off legs that we decided we are saving for another project.

wooden legs

Next up: Cover the seat cushion.


It was easy to cover. I picked some colors that Faith liked, the pretty aqua and pinks.

seat cushion (2)

I have an electric staple gun now (tag sale) and I love it.

staplegun (2)

Here is how I did the corners..

Corner cover

I forgot to get a picture of the wooden tray after it was painted white. Darn. Well, you can see it atop the bench, anyway. It came out great and now my granddaughter can have her little light and a snack and a drink and read her book (or use her Ipod – that was her big Christmas gift) and she can be all snuggly in her bed...

bench 2

My daughter added curtains to Faith’s bunk bed for a super snuggly, cozy feel. Here the curtains are open..

Curtains over bunk bed

Here they are closed. She left the end open for the ladder going up to the top bunk (and maybe for some air. :)

bunk bed

Here’s Laura getting the bed ready for pictures...

Fixing pillows on bed

My granddaughter’s slippers were photo worthy so I did just that – took a photo. Love ‘em. Little teddy bear slippers. Cute.

teddy bear slippers

My granddaughter is taking after her mother (Laura, the Greenhouse Girl).   She’s starting seeds...


One more look at the pretty shabby bench turned into bed tray table.

pretty bench redo

I can’t wait to find another one and remake it for MYSELF!

Have you ever redone an old piece of furniture? Were you happy with it?

Best wishes, to you all for a wonderful weekend. It’s supposed to be beautiful weather here in Connecticut! YAY! Way overdo. Today we had another 6 inches of snow. I SO want Spring.


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  1. Beautiful and you made it look so easy!

  2. Oh, so cute! I AM sure Faith loves it! Who wouldn't?

    M :)

  3. gorgeous, and what a simple project to do, I'm sure your Daughter is getting alot of use out of it, and it looks perfect on her bed !!!

  4. Love this transformation! The little tray is so cute.

  5. Oh how I love these redos! You are one talented lady and that bench is dreamy! I like how you redid the seat. SO pretty and Spring like! I am sure glad I came across your blog and am enjoying your talents here! Have a terrific week! Hugs Anne

  6. Thanks, Anne. We have a talented family for sure. I love your blog, too.

  7. Wow! It doesn't even look like the same bench! I love it! The colors are so pretty! I would love it if you would share this on my blog Thursday at my linky party!! http://www.juliakendrick.com

  8. What a great idea! I'm definitely looking for benches for this project. I want one.

    Beautiful post.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  9. Wow, this is adorable! So clever! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

  10. What a cool idea. So creative. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party.


  11. Wow - that is such a great idea and so adorable!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!! Pinning this.

  12. I'd never have thought to do such a thing - very clever! I saw a similar tray but with a flat top at Anthropologie last winter, but it was only a prop, and I couldn't talk them into selling it to me. What a lovely gift for a granddaughter!


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