Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Turning a Coffee Table into a Piano Bench

We have this coffee table that we were given when we were poor newly weds, well I guess we are still newly weds just a little bit less poor- I plan on trying to be a newly wed my whole life ;-). So here is the coffee table:

I was lacking a piano bench and if the coffee table is hardly used to hold drinks and such since I have little ones, so I thought this would be the best thing to do. My inspiration was found from here:

I cannot take credit for the idea- just a few changes i made and the fact that I made it into a piano bench instead of ottoman. Please excuse any dark or glared photos.

Here is what you need:

Spray paint- the color you need (Kona Brown in our case and it was glossy or else I would have added a clear coat).

 Soft N Crafty square seat foam- the closest you can get to the right width,thickness and length that you need( I used 4 pieces of it all 15x17, two were 3 inch thick and the other two 2 inches thick).

HIGH temp. hot glue gun ( I really liked this kind much better than the ad tech one that I could not get to work)This one was just under 10 bucks.

Batting- enough to go around the edges of the foam to fill in and give a more rounded look.

Staple gun- I got this one at True Value for just under 20 bucks, the cheapest and the easiest to use(no need for electrical outlet and long cord-its cordless).

 Fabric- I used a decent price home decor fabric from Jo Anns.

Alright, here we go...

1. First make sure your wood is all where it should be, the one side of ours was coming out so I used some wood glue and glued it back in and hammered the nails back in some.

The wood glue was a messy job as you can see.

2. Spray paint all the parts of the wood that are going to show. So much easier than sitting there hand painting-and I was very impressed with the finished product(hand painting is not my forte so this was great!) I did two coats within minutes of each other and left it for a few hours to make sure I liked how it looked- I did not get the creases of the legs good(pay attention to this if you have it) so I then touched up.

3. Hot glue the foam to the top of the table, when I did this I first put it on the table and it dried real fast because our house is so cold, but it worked much better once i put the hot glue onto the foam and then on top. Now here is where you want to do it different than I did.If you are using 2 layers of foam to make it high enough, you should hot glue one foam on, then put hot glue on the side of it and then put the other one on so that the middle is secured together as well. I tried doing that at the end and it was not as easy. Now seal any edges that are not secure,find this by lifting up around the sides-they should not come up at all!

4. Put batting around the sides(glue for security)and top of the foam

5. Use your Staple gun and staple the edges, I wanted hospital corners- so I stapled close to the edge and then put the extra fabric on the corner over top of the staples(you can see how to do this more clearly by looking at the picture of  me doing it with the fabric under number 7).

6. Cut off any excess material.

7. Put fabric over top and do it the same as the batting, only trying to cover all the batting and it looks nice if you can fold the edge of the fabric under for a more finished look underneath.

...and please forgive the baby toy in the corner :-D

I chose not to do the tufting pins because it would require me to use a power drill and I did not want to risk my life ;-), It would first require me to find a drill and be slightly difficult to sew in with the two layers of foam needed for height. I also found it unnecessary for a piano bench.

There you go :-)

Tips: - Check creases if the wood has a pretty fancy shape to it- to make sure you painted all of it.
         - Re touch carefully with paint if you end up leaving dents from the staple gun.
         -Its great to have a friend help hold the bench still while you use the staple gun, if you have no one available(I did not)- try to have a flat surfaces to push against.


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