Recently my friend, Karen was cleaning out her storage unit. She brought over some great items and two pieces of furniture to paint. One piece is a record cabinet. The other is a table without its top. We talked about getting a piece of glass or maybe using a piece of wood. We both agree it looks like a bench. Today I will show you how to turn a table into a bench.
The first thing I did was to sand off the finish on the shelf, which will be the seat of the bench. The rest of the table or maybe I should start calling it a bench got a slight sanding to take down the finish. A little repair was needed. That happens.
Yes, I will call it a bench. This is how I turned the table into a bench. There are grooves where the tabletop used to be. I had a narrow piece of trim. Saw two pieces of trim to fit over the grooves. This gives it a finished look. To hide the little spaces at the ends I filled it with wood filler.
Sand it smooth after the wood filler dries. I always clean the furniture with white vinegar and water in preparation for Old Fashioned Milk Paint.
I decided to keep it simple by painting the body black and to use a protector for the seat. It was kept natural. I used clear wax on the rest of the bench.
Most of the time when a piece is painted with milk paint it chips and looks vintage. That is the beauty of using milk paint. But by adding Extra Bond the paint won’t chip or it will be very minimal.
And that is how the bench looks modern. The new paint finish enhances the bench and makes it fit the contemporary look. I think the piece is Mid-century Modern. How to turn a table into a bench was easier than I thought it would be. And it is pretty comfortable also. What do you think of it?
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