Before & After: A Mod Thrift Store Table-to-Bench Makeover!

created at: 08/13/2012

Show of hands: have you ever seen an old, plain, wooden table in a thrift store, at a garage sale, or even dumped on the side of the road? Chances are you've wondered what you'd do with it and, after a few moments' pause, have moved on to other items. Well, one look at this thrift store table makeover will have you reconsidering passing by another one again!    

created at: 08/13/2012

Shelly from ModHomeEc, whose unique aesthetic longtime Curbly readers will recognize immediately, transformed one such lowly table. With a bit of upholstery magic (and a good scrubbing) this little table-that-could became a modern, stylish, dual-purpose bench!
created at: 08/13/2012

Shelly was kind enough to share a complete step-by-step tutorial for those wishing to tackle a similar project -- check it out on ModHomeEc.

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DesigningMom on Aug 15, 2012:

What a lovely makeover. The best of both worlds too. Room for a drink yet a perfect place to rest your feet.

ReMadeIt on Aug 15, 2012:

Great idea. We did something similar with an smaller coffee table and converted it into a footstool. It turned out pretty well.

Take a look if you get a chance http://remadeit.co.uk/2012/02/put-your-feet-up/

created at: 08/15/2012

Jenée on Aug 13, 2012:

I've wondered the exact same thing, Janice, especially with a table like this that's fairly long and looks a bit flimsy. Regardless, I really like the way only half the table is padded. It's far more interesting than the typical ottoman transformation.

janice on Aug 13, 2012:

Pretty!  But I've always wondered how you know if these tables turned benches are weight bearing or how much weight they can bear?

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