Monday, June 15, 2015

DIY Entryway bench using an old shelf

Thanks to the infinite inspiration that the internet offers, we are encouraged to continually look for ways to up-cycle old items, promoting a more green, environment friendly way of living through recycling. 

Hence, garage sales present exciting shopping buys and opportunities especially for DIY enthusiasts like us. The next time you see an old, tired shelf standing on the corner of the street, or at the garage sale, pick it up. By putting in just a few hours of effort, you can enjoy a brand-new piece of furniture for your home. 

Here’s how:


1. Essentially, we will just be laying the shelf on its side and turning it into a comfortable, stable bench, perfect forhallways, entryways and bay windows. 

2. When buying the book shelf/ case, ensure that the sides are still sturdy and can bear the weight of a few individuals when seated on. If needed, you can reinforce the sides with a plywood. Make sure that it is also stable. 

3. Lay the shelf on its side and prepare it by sanding down the surface. This is to ensure that the new paint job will adhere cleanly. 

4. Apply a new wash of paint in your preferred color. Then, seal it with varnish. 

5. Place colourful pillows on top for seat cushions. Or you can upholster your own cushion top with the use of foam, plywood, and your own fabric. 

6. The empty slats of the shelves can be used as extra storage space. Stow away your books and magazines or even toys. For something more organized, buy appropriate-sized baskets that will fit like the ones used below. 



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