DIY Tutorial: A Table Becomes A Bench

Happy Thursday!
I’ve got a new finished project to share with you today.


I was slowly cleaning out the remaining stuff in my garage last weekend,
when I found our old kitchen table.
I stored our old table in the garage because…
well honestly, I was too lazy to throw it out. 🙂
Now it was decision time,
do I actually throw it out or what?
 I remembered a bench from Pottery Barn that would be perfect in my entryway.

This started me thinking, could I turn that table into a bench?
 I measured, measured again and then just decided to go for it!

My entry way went from this…

to this!

  It was a pretty easy process,
so I am sharing all the details with you.
(Just in case you are like me with an old table sitting in your garage!)

First step: measure the amount I need to cut out.
The Pottery Barn bench is 14.5″ wide,
so I needed to remove 11″ from the middle.
To me, painters tape seemed like the best way
to make my measurements and give me a guide to follow while cutting.

Second step: time to cut.
I used a jigsaw because I thought it would give me the most control.
(If I had a do-over though, I think I would’ve used my circular saw instead.)

Third step: place my brackets underneath.
I pre-drilled all my screws and screwed all the brackets to one half first.

Fourth step: add the liquid nails between both halves.
I then placed them together and began screwing in the other sides of the brackets
to secure the bench.

Fifth step: repair the crack. 
Yes, I wish this table would have magically just melted together
but since that wasn’t going to happen…

I used wood filler to repair the gap.

Sixth step: sand that baby down.
Smooth like butter! 🙂

Seven step: time to measure and cut the legs. 
The Pottery Barn bench was 18″ in height,
so I made my bench the same.

Now that the bench is completely assembled…

it’s time for the final step: paint.
I used Rust-Oleum Heirloom White spray paint.

I love how it turned out…

My hubby said he liked the bench because it
centered the photo gallery

(You can read all about my new wall gallery here.)
 I think he is right and I’m not afraid to admit it. This time. 😉

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  1. Amazing project it looks like a million! And love your wall gallery, so great idea! Have a wonderful Day and thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Amazing! I am unfortunately not very handy 🙁 – it looks awesome. I am here visiting from SITS ~ Bea

  3. Wow! That is so cool, I love seeing creations like this… especially because I am just not able to really do them myself. So cool, it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing… some inspiration today 😉

  4. Great job! The bench really anchors your photo display… looks lovely! Following from the Saturday Sharefest 🙂

  5. I love this! Only wish I had a wood table lurking in cellar. Have you seen the dressers made into benches on Pinterest? I want to try that.
    Found via Sharefest.

  6. You are so clever to re-purpose that unused table into a replica of the expensive piece. It looks great and really adds a nice touch to your entry.

  7. Very nice – I think the only change I would make is to have one large piece of artwork rather than numerous small ones at the end of the landing.

    Popped in from Gonna Love It.

  8. You did an amazing job. I love this, also a great tutorial. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Laura, that bench is WONDERFUL!! What a great idea to transform the table into a bench. Genius!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
    P.S. Please don’t forget to put my button or text-link somewhere on your site please 🙂

  10. This is awesome! Great tip to use painters tape! I like your bench better than the PB inspiration 🙂

  11. This is such a clever idea! Will be sharing on our FB page later tonight!

    Take care,


  12. What a great idea to cut out the middle, leaving you with all the hardware underneath to attach the legs AND keep the routed edges. My stupid self would have cut off a chunk!

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