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Two Tables = One Bench

I've really debated sharing this project because it's an older one that we did years ago.  The concept itself is share-worthy, but the photo quality is just awful.  Please hang in there and look past the grainy photos - perhaps the idea of combining two unused furniture items to make one usable piece is something that may come in handy for you as well?

We had two end tables that were taking up space in our garage, and about that time I was also wanting a bench that could be placed at the foot of our bed. 

Looking at the two tables sitting side by side, they appeared to be just the size and shape that I was looking for in a bench, although a bit too tall. 

I asked hubby if there was any way he could use them to make a bench and this is what he came up with ...

He shortened the height by sawing off a few inches at the bottom of each.  He turned them upside down side-by-side and installed two hidden narrow boards on the underside of the table tops (where they meet) to connect the tops of the tables.  Then he inserted a board between the two near the bottom that would serve to stabilize them, and would also act as a shelf - this would match the existing shelves at the bottom of each table.

I was thrilled that the plan was coming along!  But, a coat of black paint later, I realized I really didn't like the scalloped design that was formed on the front where the two tables met. 

At this point, my carpenter really did feel that this would be a never ending project!  But, he relented and with the addition of a straight trim board around the top, my vision was realized. 

A little more black paint and time to dry, and the two tables were finally ready for their new life as a bench.

I liked that there were three cubbies for baskets or canvas containers (or curious felines) which meant added storage.  And, I later placed a cushion on the bench.  The additional seating area at the foot of our bed was handy as well.  While we no longer have this item in our bedroom, it was a functional and thrifty option that was fun to make!

Again, I apologize for the horrible photos, but really wanted to show you that sometimes if you think outside the box, you never know what you might come up with - not all projects work out, but you never know until you try! 

Have you created a functional piece from items that you had absolutely no use for?  Please feel free to share! 


  1. I love that you reused these and made them into something that worked for you! Nice job! And don't worry about the photos...I've been so lazy and pretty much only use my iPhone for blog pics now! Lol!

  2. Such a clever idea to turn the unused tables into a useful bench! Love how you made something new with them. As for the photos, they are better than what I am able to do with my laptop!

    1. Thanks, Bless! I guess my better camera will probably stay dusty until I take time to practice with it. LOL!

  3. What a great idea.. Love that you added the cubbies to it..

    1. The cubbies really did come in handy - at the foot of the bed, I could store extra throws and decorative pillows. :)

  4. That is amazing, Carolyn! I just love the storage, and the black lacquer…fabulous!

    1. Thanks so much! I didn't intend to use the high gloss paint at the time, but liked the finished look. LOL!


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