Shortly after I started posting projects, my good friend Ali of Creative Monke asked me to help her repurpose a kitchen cabinet from Habitat for Humanity ReStore into an entry bench. When Ali is not making her beautiful new house homey, she is busy designing brands and marketing materials for her lucky clients. Check out her awesome portfolio!
As one of the most creative people I know, the fact that Ali was asking me for help was quite humbling. She picked a doozy of a cabinet, too. Between the aftermarket half door and the vintage shelf paper, I knew this was something that most people would quickly dismiss as junk. Thankfully, Ali is not most people and saw the potential. We spent a Saturday morning sketching ideas and starting this upcycle.
Ali wanted to raise the bench up by adding “feet” and after weighing a few options, we decided to keep it simple. We built a frame out of 1x3s for support and a little height and then added on some square legs.
Ali was planning to add a cushion to the top, so we added “rails” to keep it in place. Ali hand-sketched the design and cut them on the band saw like a pro.
After a little sanding, we had the framework. We found the craft plywood nearly the EXACT size we needed, which was super lucky. But I did cut off a little length to make sure that it still fit once the foam and fabric were added.
Ali took on the upholstery and picked out paint. We went back and forth between neutral paint and bold fabric or bold paint and more neutral fabric. I LOVE the fabric she picked. Isn’t it great??
Here’s the finished project! Thanks so much to Ali for tag-teaming on this project with me.
If you have any projects you’d love to see me tackle, let me know in the comments. I have a lot of them in the works, but am always looking for new ideas. (Pinterest links welcome!)