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DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

DIY Storage Bench from old Dresser

Would you make a DIY storage bench from old dresser if you could have both extra seating and the storage?  We are in the middle of a conversion folks! So happy to be back and build a project everyone! Arm is feeling better  I thank you all for your warm wishes to get well fast – see it worked – so even though it snowed today, I am taking advantage of feeling good and whipping out a project inside the house today –  DIY storage bench from old dresser.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

From the moment I found this dresser, I knew it was destine to be part of our villa.  Look at the fab lines this baby has – You can’t get furniture like this any more.  This is Sligh Furniture made for John A Colby and Sons out of Chicago (check out the history links to the piece and you will see why I could not part with it).

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

We are prepping for upgrades to our living/dining/kitchen combo inside our villa.  Hubby, and daughter helped me out by finishing the colors on the walls – so I could set up my design boards for colors of the next few projects on our list for the next few months.These little boards are the road map that helps you get a room to its finished state, allowing you to enjoy every feature inside it.  The fabrics are from Hancock Fabrics, tile back-splash is from Home Depot, wood flooring will be from Boardwalk Hardwood Floors, and counters are open for bid with the first bid coming in from Aphrodite Granite – Most are local small businesses here in St Louis.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

While prepping the color boards and choosing all my fabrics, I looked over at an old sleigh dresser I painted into Valspar Man Cave Grey from Lowe’s and AS Old White a couple months ago.  I feel in love with this piece because it’s awesome storage, but after looking closer, I will now turn this piece into something functional a DIY storage bench from old dresser for our living needs was the perfect project to tackle in this cold.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

This one piece of furniture will act as room divider between living and dining, providing seating for our living room and storage for all those extra place settings I use on a nightly bases and want in our dining room.  Yes readers, I am Linda and I have a dishware collection problem – but what a great problem to have 😉

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Over the next few days I will show you how we will take this one dresser and make it all we need to enhance our living and storage space, and make our life better living in a smaller space! So stay tuned as we go through the process over a couple days – with the arm issue, I will be taking this one slow so I hope the three day post on this piece will not drive anyone crazy – because I value all my readers and following bloggers, so thank you all for the patience.

DIY Storage and Bench from old Dresser

Well, I am off to get to work on our new DIY storage bench from old dresser!  Keep warm everyone (we are at -3 with the wind in St Louis today – I know that its worse in other places, but for St Louis – this is COLD, which is why  I am working inside today).

Post you more progress soon!

Linda 🙂

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda