Today’s project is a white entryway bench that I made using a repurposed kitchen cabinet.
Do you remember headboard bench with storage drawer from a couple of weeks ago?
I had originally wanted to pair it with this kitchen cabinet. But it just wasn’t working for me, so that’s when I set the cabinet aside and used the drawer unit for the headboard bench.
The cabinet was in my way in the garage, so I decided it needed to be my next project. I thought it would make a great entryway bench or window seat. It just needed a nice sized top. I dug out the top from the big ole table I parted out last year.
The top was too deep, so I ripped it on the table saw.
This is the piece I have left after ripping it. I think this would make a great console table top.
Check out that vintage contact paper! It was very brittle and I thought I was going to be in for a rough time trying to remove it from the bottom of the cabinet. WRONG! I brought out my HomeRight Digital Temperature Heat Gun and got busy. It worked like a charm. I used it on about 160°. Most of it came off in very large pieces with a putty knife. There was very little sticky residue left behind. I was soooo pleasantly surprised.
The back of the cabinet wasn’t very nice looking. I found a scrap piece of thin plywood that fit nearly perfectly, but it had a hole that had been cut in it for some reason. I put a piece of Gorilla Glue tape on the back side, to make it easier to patch. I attached the plywood with my Ryobi Staple gun. It wouldn’t have bothered me to leave the back like this if it were mine, but since it will be rehomed, I wanted to make sure it has a nice “finished” look to it.
I wanted to lift the bench off the ground slightly, so I went to my stash and found some bunk bed parts. Two of the pieces were still in tact, and 2 of them were the rounded part with the pegs still attached. I cut the pegs off, then cut the rounded piece from the squared off leg. The other 2 pieces were much too short to cut the pegs off with the miter saw. I used my Dremel Multi-Max to do a flush cut on the large peg. After I cut the peg off, I used my sander to get a smooth surface. I used my new Rockwell JawHorse to clamp the pieces. (LOVE it)
How To Add Feet to a Bench
This is how I added feet to the bottom of this bench.
- Mark the area of the foot on the bottom
- Drill from the bottom
- Add Gorilla Wood Glue for extra strength
- (not shown) Clamp the foot to get a tight fit
- Secure screws from inside the cabinet through the bottom into the feet
I attached the former tabletop by screwing from the inside (top) of the cabinet into the tabletop.
Then I used my regular routine of doing a couple of light coats of the chalky paint as a primer, using the semi-gloss paint as the top coat with 2 light coats.
I always start with the underneath side first.
I added some cleats for a shelf. I wanted to make one shelf that left enough room below for baskets.
I actually didn’t paint the semi-gloss coats until after the shelf was added. I used some 1x’s ripped on the table saw. I did these 2 light coats of semi-gloss with my Finish Max—easy peasy!
I think this little repurposed kitchen cabinet makes a perfect entryway bench, and would also be great as a window seat.
Ohhh, and it would probably work really well as an end of the bed bench! Very versatile, don’t you think?
How would you use a bench like this?
See the other projects seen in the photo here:
Full Sheets into Accessories (red pillows)
Printing on Fabric (Graphics Fairy Image Pillow)
Coat Rack Shelf (made from a cabinet door)
Would you like to see more Bench Projects?