Okay. This project is a piece of work. I mean it. It turned into a bit more work than I initially imagined when I saw it at Goodwill, but it deserved a new look.
This was, in my estimation, a mid-century piece that belonged in a split-level 1965 ranch style home. I had different ideas for it. Now it’s a bench-meets-reading-nook beauty with a Caribbean flair.
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As you’ll see from the photos below I “saw” this piece with a couple of seating spaces. This meant breaking out the skill saw which I used to surgically remove the space on the top of the bench where the top two right and left-hand drawers were originally. I created “arms” for each chair with the scrap pieces left over from the cut out sections and sanded the cut edge of the center section.
I sanded the entire piece including middle and bottom drawers. After giving it all a good going over with a tack cloth, I painted the piece using Behr Caicos Turquoise. I created the anchor design using flat thumbtacks but you could just as easily stencil a design on in a contrasting color like the blue seen here in my home-made seat cushions. Happened across the cool throw pillows at
Before and after of this cool mid-century dresser I turned into a bench/reading nook! Finished in Behr Caicos Turquoise and waxed. Anchor design is made from flat thumbtacks! I made my own padded seats and found the cool throw pillows at the local Winners store!
I used the original hardware and ended up with four pulls left over. Naturally, I kept them for use on another project.
The final product looks refreshing to me. It’s the color I know, but it has such a vacation feel about it, I think it needs a house in the Hamptons to live in. Doesn’t it?
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