Deconstructed Bench

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Deconstructed Bench

How to take a perfect little bench and deconstruct it in a morning.  Did I lose my mind making a deconstructed bench?

Deconstructed Bench Closeup

The best part of DIY is the ability to recreate the DIY all over again.  Has your home style changed over the years?  Think of how your home looked 15 years ago.  Different, right?

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Deconstructed Bench before

Twenty years ago shabby chic was all the rage.  This little bench sat next to our fireplace.  Now in our current home, it sits in a closet. 🙁

Easy Breezy 2 Footstool cover

For a few months, it came out of the closet as a quick burlap covered bench.  An easy breezy project made in 30 minutes or less kind of DIY. 

Now let’s deconstruct it

deconstructed bench uncovered

First, I removed the trims and fabric top.

Those legs

Deconstructed Bench Legs before

Then, I unscrewed the legs.  I made the bench using particle board cut from…something??  Then screwed four spindles from an old wood twin bed.  The bench is heavy!  Notice the top leg and all the wood spackle I put in it way back twenty years ago.  The slot held the board across the head and foot of the bed.

Deconstructed Ottoman table sanding

I knew removing the paint on the top of the legs is fast using a table sander.  Next, I had to figure out a fast way to remove the paint on the turned parts.  Notice, removing all the paint isn’t necessary for the look I’m going for.

Deconstructed Ottoman removing paint

I remembered my brush drill bit.  It worked rough, but again that’s the look I trying to get.

Deconstructed Bench spindle leg destroyed

A bit of sandpaper and that’s the look!

Stealing Trim from the Osage

Deconstructed Bench Cutting burlapsq

I used the edge of the Osage County burlap to make an edge for the new deconstructed look.

The top scrap

Top of deconstructed bench again

Above I added layers of scrap fabric.  No ironing or sewing.  This is the glue I used to keep the scraps on the bench and not on the floor.

Top of deconstructed bench

Using a brown permanent marker, I added our logo in the corner.

Scroll back up to the previous photo and then look at the photo above.  Notice the difference?  The previous photo has the focus on the front and above the focus is on the back.  It’s simply moving the square focus box thingy to other areas.

Wood trims glued here and there

Deconstructed Bench trims

I used regular hot glue to apply the burlap “fringe.”  Then I peeked and poked around the workshop for wood trim.  These are what I found. Next time you’re in a Home Depot, check out the “small” trim section.  Notice the trim feels a bit too new.  So I aged them with tea and vinegar.  I aged the burlap too. 🙂  Then applied them randomly on the sides using hot wood glue.  Read more about hot wood glue here. 

Learn a bit more about the tea and vinegar below.


Aging wood instantly

Tools to help deconstruct a bench, chair or whatever

Hot Glue Gun
Staple Gun
Sander, Palm or this is my exact table sander
Wood trims
Fabric Scraps
Staple puller
Wire brush for drill
Guts to destroy a piece of furniture

Deconstructed bench after

Deconstructed Bench

The new old look for a DIY bench.

Deconstructed Bench After

Pin this while I try and find my mind.

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