I drove past my local Goodwill store recently and at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday the donation drop-off line was at least six cars long. One can only imagine how busy they will be this Saturday. It’s just that time of year. Everybody wants to purge, de-clutter, simplify and Kondo-ify their homes.
I’ll admit that about an hour after the kids ripped into their Christmas presents I was already strategizing and planning where I was going store their new brightly-colored plastic and remote-controlled “treasures.” I remembered that I had an old storage bench
hiding in our master bedroom. It’s was a fake leather upholstered storage bench that had seen better days.
This dinged up and once-plump little guy wasn’t even being used for storage anymore – talk about a waste. I’ve been wanting to try using a canvas drop cloth for something around the house since the trend took off last summer, but I didn’t want to just reupholster the whole thing, which would require buying new foam for the top. I thought a wood top would be more useful since the kids could use the surface to play with their toys.
So, in a nutshell, here’s how I gave this sad storage bench a makeover.
I removed the lid and hinges. I replaced the lid with a large piece of edge-glued pine stained with one coat of Rust-Oleum Provincial and one coat of Sun bleached. To make the lid more kid-friendly my dad used a router to round the top edge and corners. After measuring and marking, we attached the old hinges to the new board so they would still align with the holes in bench base.
Once I removed the old legs, I used an electric staple gun to attach the canvas material to the sides of the bench. I was able to use one smaller piece for the back portion and one larger piece to cover the front and both sides. After folding under the edges I used some tacks to finish off the edges and hide the staples.
I found some small casters on Amazon to replace the old feet. We’ll see if this comes back to haunt me when (inevitably) my kids attempt to ride or launch their toy chest around the living room.
After staining the bottom of the lid with Jacobean (to help it blend better with the black interior) I attached the lid to the base. I used an X-acto knife to make small holes in the canvas and then I was able to reattach the hinges.
After the holiday haze was over, I was able to pair down the amount of toys in our living room to fit in this chest and the other larger ottoman we currently use as our coffee table.
It was so nice to say goodbye to the sad brown bench and welcome this much lighter wood and canvas toy chest.
This storage bench makeover is definitely my favorite DIY of 2016. 😉 What do you think? Are you tackling any organizing projects around your house this month?
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