I’ve made several chair benches, but really only one end of bed bench out of chairs. It was years ago, and I never really liked it very much. I believe it was too long (wide). But honestly, the one I’m sharing with you today might also be too long. In addition, I painted it black, but I’m not sure I’m loving the color.
I think y’all know I’m always open to honest feedback because I know I can trust you to be kind with your words.
Thrift store chairs
Dismantle chairs to make end of bed bench
The first step to this kind of project is to start dismantling the chair by removing the seat and investigating how the chair is assembled.
If you look closely, you will see how the chair is assembled and needs to come apart. I started by removing these screws.
You can see the joint on the right that connects the back of the chair to the side (seat).
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There are dowels connecting these two pieces. A Dremel Multi-Max makes easy work of flush cutting.
Use chair backs to construct bench
After removing the seat of the chair I sanded the areas to get a smooth surface for attaching the new frame to each chair back.
An orbital sander is great for these tasks.
Construction of end of chair bench
I drilled pocket holes with my Kreg Jig in a 1x4 to use as the frame for the new end of bed bench.
Hardwood flooring pieces were used for the bottom cross brace, securing it with wood screws—countersunk.
The chair bench is coming together
I used some free planks I picked up when I was in Nashville helping Jamie and Andy move.
I used a piece of scrap wood to space the planks, along with my adjustable combination square to make sure each plank matched the other. Each plank was secured with my Ryobi nail gun.
Time to paint
This is after a couple coats of DIY chalky paint primer. (My favorite way to paint my projects)
I ended up doing 2 coats of chalky paint primer and three light coats of semi-gloss paint as a top coat with my Finish Max. Don't you love how pretty the paint looks on the end of bed bench?
I staged it on my faux portable wall instead of hauling in the house to photograph it at the end of the bed.
The lower shelf offers room for storage as well as below the lower shelf.
I plan to take it to my booth at Vendors’ Village .
You have all the details, what would you have done differently?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.