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70's Coffee Table Transformed Into Upholstered Bench

When browsing an online auction site I saw a chunky 70's coffee table with great bones. To the average eye, she looked more like a beat up relic from the past but I saw was a teal goddess. Bound and determined, I was the lucky winning bid.

My son and his fiance just purchased their first home and were looking for a bench for their front entry. They are pairing Mid-Century Modern with a contemporary and industrial design. I knew this 70's Coffee Table To Upholstered Bench would look great in their home.

70's Coffee Table to Upholstered Bench

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

70's Coffee Table Before Makeover

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

I must have been asleep at the wheel or not wearing my glasses because I painted the entire table in the color 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 their house is accented in teal. I pulled another can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ from the shelf in the color Provence and painted one of the doors so my son and his fiance could have a comparison. Provence got the thumbs up.

Both the interior and exterior of the coffee table were painted teal. Two coats of exterior diamond coat polyurethane were sprayed over the entire table for added durability, considering it would be used as a bench in a high traffic zone.


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 the bench will be used in an entry directly in front of a window, the weather and fade resistant qualities of the fabric should provide excellent durability.

Floral and branch outdoor fabric used on upholstered coffee table bench

I traced the profile of the top of the table top onto a piece of 1/2-inch plywood and used a jigsaw to cut it. 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.

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. If you enjoyed this 70's Coffee Table To Upholstered Bench transformation, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Coffee table turned upholstered bench before and after

I also gave a coffee and end tables a makeover for my son and his fiance. Not only did I paint them teal but I Transformed Mid-Century Modern Arborite Tables Into Faux Tin.

I'm sharing this project at the following fabulous Link Parties.


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