My DIY Greek Key Bench

  Two DIYs in one week? Moving really has me on the ball people.
Today I bring to you the story of a bench.
^ Here is what it looks like now. I use it as a coffee table/ottoman in front of my couch, but it could easily go at the foot of a bed or in a front foyer! I love how versatile a good bench is.

Let's travel back in time to July, 2011 to see what the piece used to be:
Picked this baby up at Good Will for $4. It was chipped, bubbling and a strange height for a coffee table. But I saw the potential of those great legs (and yes, it took me over a year to finish even start this one).

The First step was to remove the top of the table:
^ It was attached with these L-brackets that easily unscrewed.

Next, I used the top as a template to cut out the 2inch upholstery foam that would sit on top to form the cushion of the bench.
I cut out the foam with a serrated knife and used spray adhesive to attach it to the table top. I did the same for a layer of cotton batting.
^Since my bench is four feet long, I ordered 2 yards of fabric and cut it down to size.
The fabric I chose was 'Greek Key, Buff' from Tonic Living.

Then, with the help of my parents, I staple gunned the fabric to the underside of the table and reattached the top. Oh and I also painted the base of the bench white!

I'm so pleased with the end result. The entire project cost me around $40. I had the paint leftover from an old project so that kept costs low, but it required very little paint!
Then, on a trip to Home Sense, I was even more pleased when I spotted this:

The EXACT same fabric on a similar looking bench for 200 dollars!

Pretty amazing if you ask me!


Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...[Reply]

Gorgeous! I love the fabric and it looks so great styled with the tray.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...[Reply]

You rocked it! What a great job!!

Michaela said...[Reply]

I can't believe it was only $40! So amazing. It looks beautiful. Perfectly styled as well :)

Kristen said...[Reply]

Wow talk about a money saver! This looks amazing and I would have never guessed it cost you only $40!

Ana Antunes said...[Reply]

Wow! Girl what a handy and creative girl you are! Gorgeous!! Funny...that fabric is one of my faves ever and the inspirations for my new collection on the store, and for my next project on the tv show! Love it!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

You said it....AMAZING

Katharine said...[Reply]

Nice job! It looks great, and you are so right, I love the leg details.

Michelle said...[Reply]

Wow love it!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...[Reply]

I love it!!! And I love that you are using it as a coffee table/ ottoman. Benches are so awesomely versatile! That's so cool you saw one in the store with the same fabric for so much more money!! That is the best!!

Hannah said...[Reply]

Amazing!!! Best feeling in the world when you know there's something 5 times the price out there, but yours is just as charming (if not more!) and it was made with love :).

International Decor said...[Reply]

this is fantastic idea

Sita said...[Reply]

Wow! That is amazing. You did such a great job. I love the white base!

charmaine said...[Reply]

Oh yes! Great job!

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Carly Haslee said...[Reply]

Tiffany! This is fabulous-love the transformation so much!

Albertina || MimosaLane said...[Reply]

It is awesome!!! Really! Great job and styling it too!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...[Reply]

great job tiffany! i love the LOOK FOR LESS :)

How2home said...[Reply]

I agree, the legs of this table are fabulous and now with the make over it looks like a million bucks :)

Lisa { Mom Wife Design Life Blog} said...[Reply]

Im in love with the design of the fabric! You made this project look so easy!

Anonymous said...[Reply]

this is amazing!!! so inspiring.

Rica said...[Reply]

Turned out beautiful! I'm inspired to take a trip to Goodwill now. :)