Thrift Store Coffee Table Turned Princess And The Pea Inspired Bench: Altering Bench

Princess and the Pea inspired bench group picture

I was looking for a bench for my daughter’s room when I came upon this coffee table at a local thrift store. When I saw it I liked its clean lines and decided that it could also be used as a bench.
Located near a sunny window, this bench has become a prized spot in our house.
It has even inspired imaginative play. How could it not?

Altered Princess and the Pea bench
This bench is for my reader and writer: hence the vintage typewriter, books, and writing journal.

How to convert this rickety old coffee table into a nice sturdy bench:

altered bench before
1. Some of the pieces had shifted out of place over time so they needed to be tapped back in place and glued.

glue the bench
2.  The legs were wobbly so the wing nuts were tightened but not before the washers were replaced by larger ones. The smaller ones were getting squeezed into the wood and therefore not doing their job anymore.

alter bench washers
3. To create a lip, you’ll need to cut the long edge off of what will become the back side of the bench. This lip will help keep the pillows in place when the bench is complete but is not needed if your table/bench doesn’t allow for it.  Measure and clamp a guide board onto your table. This will allow you to cut a nice straight line.

alter bench cutting guide
4. Run the skill saw along the edge of the board; cutting a strip off one of the long sides.

alter bench cutting
5. Turn the strip up on end (becomes the lip) and glue into place.  Also add a few screws from the bottom. This allows the table (now bench) to go up against the wall and also adds a bit of a design element.

altered bench back
6. Paint if you like or touch up with stain.

Find out more about the mattresses and tips on how to make them:
Thrift Store Coffee Table Turned Princess And The Pea Inspired Bench: Making Mattresses

7 thoughts on “Thrift Store Coffee Table Turned Princess And The Pea Inspired Bench: Altering Bench

  1. gail

    stopped over from Rachel’s One Pretty Thing!
    Fabulous re-do! Love how you cut the strip off to make a ledge.
    very clever!
    gail

  2. Aimee

    This is wonderful! Thanks for the simple instructions on how to repair a worn out table. I’ve seen some at thrift stores that looked great at first glance, but I ended up walking away from them because they were a little wobbly. Next time I’ll go ahead and buy it.

  3. Jacque

    Hello there,
    THANK YOU for the inspiring ideas. I really want to create this sort of communion between the old and the new in our home. The recreating process is fabulous and your site has inspired me a lot.
    Thanks again!!!

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