Make an Old Coffee Table into a New Bench

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Have you ever come across an old, cheap coffee table at a flea market or on Craigslist (or on the street for that matter) and thought it had great bones, but realized the last thing you need is another coffee table? And maybe you need a bench? Well, here is the DIY for you. A shallow coffee table could make the perfect bench for an entryway or hallway with a little elbow grease and upholstery skills.

The team over at Style at Home put together this bold bench. After sanding and priming the coffee table, apply two to three coats of latex semi-gloss paint (we are in love with the color used here: Ralph Lauren Paint’s Hot Orange IB67).

While Style at Home took their fabulous ikat fabric to an upholsterer to make the seat for the bench, you could save a lot of money doing it yourself. Just remember that average seat height is 18 inches so be sure to choose foam that brings the table to that height.

(Image: Michael Graydon / Style at Home)