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August 5, 2015

From 70's Coffee Table To Upholstered Bench

When browsing an online auction site I spotted a 70's beauty with great bones.  To the average eye, she looked more like a beat up relic from the past but I saw a Teal Goddess.  Bound and determined, I was the lucky winning bid and immediately got to work transforming her from a 70's coffee table to an upholstered bench.

Coffee table turned upholstered bench before and after

So here is what that groovy coffee table looked like when I got her...

Coffee table to upholstered bench Before pictures

She had seen her better days that's for sure, but I loved all the details and the pretty tear drop cabinet pulls.  The fact that it had built-in storage was an added bonus.

I must have been asleep at the wheel or not wearing my glasses because I painted the entire table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Duck Egg Blue.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Duck Egg Blue followed by Provence

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the color Duck Egg Blue, but I meant for this table to be painted a teal color.  I pulled another can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ from the shelf in the color Provence and painted one of the doors.  It got a thumbs up from the soon to be owners of this bench!

The interior of the storage cabinet got a fresh coat of Provence as well.  I just love this color!

Two coats of exterior diamond coat polyurethane were sprayed over the entire table for added durability.

After a hot vinegar bath and some scrubbing with a toothbrush, years of dirt and grime were removed from the Tear Drop Pulls.  I gave them a few coats of Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint and lightly distressed them with sandpaper.

Original Tear Drop Cabinet Pulls were spray painted Heirloom White and distressed

I found this beautiful floral and branch outdoor fabric that matched the paint color perfectly. Considering this bench will be used in a front entry directly in front of a window, it's weather and fade resistant qualities should provide excellent durability.

Floral and branch outdoor fabric used on upholstered coffee table bench

I traced the profile of the table top onto a piece of 1/2-inch plywood and using a jigsaw cut it out. I added a piece of 2-inch high-density foam with spray adhesive and let it dry overnight. With a serrated bread knife, I cut the foam along the profile of the plywood.  Using a staple gun, I attached batting over the foam followed by the pretty fabric.  Easy-peasy!

DIY upholstered top over a coffee table

I really like how the details on the doors pop now.

70s coffee table painted in teal color make details pop

To add some height and make vacuuming around the bench easier, feet purchased from Home Depot were attached to the bottom.

Feet were attached to the bottom of the coffee table bench for added height

The corner detail on the top and the post uprights are a nice feature on this piece as well.

Corner detail on the table top and upright posts on the coffee table now bench

I love a furniture rescue that completely transforms a piece and I think that was definitely the case with this coffee table.

From dated and well used coffee table to pretty teal upholstered bench

It is now in its new home and compliments the decor and personality of the homeowners quite nicely.

Coffee Table to Upholstered Bench After

Next week I'll be sharing a makeover I gave a mid-century modern coffee and end table for the same homeowners.

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