Before & After: Carriage Seat Dreams

Before & After: Carriage Seat Dreams

Nora Taylor
Jun 23, 2016

For anyone who is waiting on an elusive piece of dream furniture, let Robin's carriage seat offer you some hope. She was able to turn her not-totally-perfect-but-close find into a gorgeous manifestation of her entryway bench dreams.

From Robin: I have wanted a carriage seat as a house bench forever. Seriously. The one I scored at an auction was not the one I wished for, but it was close enough.

In order for it to look like the antique that I envisioned, I had to pull off the upholstery and strip off the paint. Unfortunately, the backrest was made of upholstered luan plywood and wouldn't stand up to a lot of use so I made a new one from reclaimed wood. To finish the bench, I sanded it and used natural wax to seal it.

And now I have the perfect entryway bench with an authentic antique look.

Thank you, Robin! You can see more on Robin's blog Redo It Yourself.

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