Thursday, March 24, 2011

The One That Nearly Killed Me

I found this coffee table for $7.99 at G-Dub...that's what I call Goodwill ;). So ugly. What are those rails for? I know you can barely see the rails...of course I didn't take a great before photo...the table is in the middle with the fabric sitting on top. Solid wood with a dovetailed drawer. I knew she'd be a bench when I saw her. Great curves and very sturdy.

Here is after I pryed those rails off...still not sure what purpose they served.
I asked my father-in-law to cut me a seat...and again he went above and beyond. Perfectly measured with the perfect hardware to attach the seat once I upholstered it.

I cut foam to fit the seat and put batting over it
I painted the base an oops grayish blue that I found at HD for $1.
I then distressed the bench and glazed it with provencial stain and attached the seat.

Now, before you get the "after" pics, I must tell you that this table made me cry AND almost killed me. Getting the seat on wasn't easy...and I was pretty frustrated, hence the tears. The only way I could get the seat attached with the holes lined up, was to lay underneath this table (now bench). I would look for the light green foam so I knew the holes were lining up. Picture me in my PJ's laying under this table...screwdriver in one hand, screws in the other...sliding the seat around to match up the holes. Several pieces of dust/debris fell into my eyes while doing this...and then it happened. I thought the first screw was screwed in solid but when I let go to say "no" to my 18 month old who thought it was fun to try bouncing on my stomach while the top half of me was under the table, I opened my mouth to say "NO" and the screw FELL IN MY MOUTH. Not lying..I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Anyway, after reading that story, you all deserve some after pics. Here is the new bench>

Pillow is courtesy of a fab giveaway I won from Tammy at Type A and the pillow was made by Sommer at Designer Garden. You should check them both out!


It doesn't fit in with my bedroom, but it would be a super cute bench at the end of a bed. And yes, on the right is the dog's rear end.

So happy it's almost Friday!

~Allison


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90 comments:

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

cute allison!

A Vintage Vine said...

Funny story!!! I am so glad you did not swallow the screw!!!! Love the bench...and the red fabric is perfect!!!!!

Jaime said...

Allison so absolutely gorgeous (minus the rails of course). The red & white fabric is perfectly offset by the blue paint. So weird but I just finished a blue bench and took pics with a red & white quilt on it - post going up tomorrow. So spooky us bloggers start thinking alike.

Tammy @ Type A said...

you out did your self with this one! looks great. love the fabric and the color combo. great job.

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

LOL! Thanks for the laugh! At least it was worth it!

Erin said...

I'm sorry, but I have laughed at this whole post!!!

First, G-Dub. My friend hated his old supervisor and he called her C-Dub. She was really old and scooted when she walked, sometimes she would stand in his doorway of his office but wouldn't say anything. He was always IMing me complaining about her.

Second, the handles, I imagined carrying this huge table around like a tray!!! I know, I'm a dork. LOL

And that screw falling in your mouth....I saw it coming before you even said it....'cause that is what would happen to me. :)

This made my day. :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh Allison, I'm so glad you are Ok! Imagine if you swallowed the screw. Then you would have had a trip to the ER and that's never fun! But seriously, the bench is adorable. I love that fabric. And the red and blue together look really fresh. Great job! And again, you got a good story out of it!

Marine to a Housewife said...

I love it! It's fabulous! Great job!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

What a great idea! It came out beautiful...love the color and the fabric. Gotta put this on my "to try" list

Alyssa said...

Love it! The paint is great and looks awesome with the fabric. Did you use foam for the cushion? I have a bench I need to redo and not sure of the "logistics"
Alyssa of Boston Bee

Brandi said...

Love the bench Allison! The fabric looks great with that paint color!

Cindy said...

Such determination! Your bench turned out great!!!

Laurel said...

Looks great...your determination paid off :) Visiting from FCC...blessings, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i am glad you are safe! i can only imagine how tragic and embarassing it would have been to be found dead with a screw lodged in your throat laying under the table in your pjs. not a pretty picture. but the table/bench- now that is a pretty picture.

Allison said...

Your bench turned our beautifully! So glad you didn't swallow the screw. All of your hard work and frustration paid off because it looks amazing. I like the fabric you chose, too.

Debbie in Nashville said...

Wow, turned out great!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Your bench looks fantastic. I have to say, I actually gasped when I read that about the screw falling into your mouth. Thankfully the story ended okay, since you were there to write about it.

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

I love your bench! The red and white fabric looks gorgeous with the pale, blue distressed legs.

Amanda

Tyla said...

How clever! I think my sister actually owned one of these tables in the late 70s. lol Thanks for sharing.

SweetMelissa said...

Love. It.

nila1920 said...

soo cute! this turned out really lovely! good job:D

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

OMG that made me laugh so much. Those kinds of things happen to me all the time. Love the story and the bench.

Vintage Home said...

Such a smarty! It looks great! sorry about the hardware in your mouth!

Cindy said...

you're lucky you didn't swallow it, right? yeah, try explaining that one to the emergency room doctors. "honestly doc, i was on my back trying to screw a seat to a bench and i swallowed the screw." at least they would have had a story to tell their family. lol.

i love all of your great finds at the goodwill....and such great prices....

hugs, cindy

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This might have been a pain, but it was totally worth it! I'm in LOVE!! Great project and inspiration.

Sommer said...

Allison I knew that pillow looked familiar in the thumbnail lol! Your story was cracking me up all the while I felt terribly sorry for you lol. I can't tell you how many projects have brought me to tears. They are so worth it in the end though aren't they? Great job on this, it's adorable! And thanks for mentioning Tammy and I!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a fantastic bench!! I love it!! It really came out beautiful~ it looks great with that gorgeous fabric too! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore your bench~ swoon!

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures. Stop by and take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is awesome! Love the fabric on the cushion! I'm your newest follower.
Have a great weekend!
Tammy

Colleen said...

How have I not been here before? AAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhh.......... I LOVE EVERYTHING here. I am just now trying my hand at different techniques for distressing furniture and you are my new gtg (go to gal). Thanks so much for stopping by Red Door Abode too!
Cheers!
-C

Megan said...

those rails are so strange. love the redo. great print on the cushion!

megan
craftycpa.blogspot.com

Anne said...

Well worth the sweat and tears, its delightful! Love the red and white fabric.

aimee said...

what a fantastic idea!its beautiful. i love it and thanks for showing us what you did.glad you survived your project! enjoy your weekend.
blessings,
aimee

Mrs Lemon said...

Love it! I have a solid SOLID wood end table/office furniture/ SOMETHING that we can't quite figure out how to use. Right now it's a nightstand, but it's really too big for that. I really like the idea of making that into a seat.

But I had to laugh at your story ... why didn't you just flip the coffee table over, and "drop" the table onto the aligned holes? glad you didn't swallow the screw!!

livegreenlovemuch.com said...

Allison, this is my first visit here but I am your newest follower. Wow that bench...amazing.
Thanks for visiting my site and for the kind comment. FYI I am a COTA turned boring SAHM too:)

Meg and Mum's said...

What a lovely bench! Nice work. I have no idea what purpose those handles served on the table. A tray table with legs maybe?? :p

Lisa said...

That looks fantastic. I feel that with the legs out at an angle, and the handles (rails), it must have been a tray, maybe for breakfast in bed - lets face it, a lot of food could be served on one that size - breakfast for two maybe. Glad you didn't swallow that screw. I've had close calls with pins - too lazy to put them in a pin cushion.

x

Pamma said...

Oh my gosh! The screw fell in your mouth, oh my gosh! I was right there with you girl! You survived and now have a story for the ages and a cute bench, too. Whew....
~Pam
pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

Kathy said...

This story made me laugh out loud!! Thanks for posting it. I love your honesty, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who's cried in frustration when I can't make something work! You did a great job:)

Kathy

robyn from whimages said...

I'm sorry that I got a laugh at your expense! When it rains it pours! Such a lovely bench now! Glad you shared it on be different act normal.

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

OMJealous. Thats all there is to say about that. Thanks for linking up!

Love your guts
mandi

By the Bluegrass said...

Amazing transformation! It takes a good eye to see the 'what could be'! I love it. And, I am a Goodwill hunter too.
xo,
Sena

Pam said...

Very cute bench! And I love the screw story! hahaha!

I'm visiting from Sunday Showcase and am your newest follower. You have a great blog!

Enjoy your day.
Pam

modern jane said...

Too funny! It was all worth it though! It turned out great!

The Old Block House said...

Gorgeous! My bf had this cofeetable when we first met. Thankfully, it met with an untimely demise!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Wow - now that's what I call a makeover! However did you find the time for such an amazing transformation? I barely have time for little projects with my two boys running around!

Coming over from Met Monday and a happy new follower!

Jeanine

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Oh My beautiful bench and pillow!! Nice job :)

Inspired by you said...

Fantastic! What a transformation!!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

isn't DIY a hoot? screw in the mouth, yeah, I can see that happening to me! :)
your bench turned out great!
gail

Farmer's Wyfe said...

OH, what a fabulous idea and it turned out incredibly! Sorry about the screw in the mouth. Can't say that I haven't had my own share of adventures when re-doing things! Glad you lived through this one! :)

SJ said...

Very cute! Love the transformation.
http://shabbytochicqueencreek.blogspot.com/

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Her makeover looks outstanding...thanks for sharing her at my NTT party.

Blessings,
Linda

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

It turned out brilliantly, despite your trials and tribulations! I also have a toddler fond of jumping on me at inopportune moments...

Emily said...

I love how the pale blue and the pink print go together. I'm always a sucker for a pretty toile-ish fabric, but this is a great combination. Great job!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Gorgeous! Who would have thought to turn a table into a bench? DARLING!!!!

Susan said...

Your bench is awesome! Great job!!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Love the legs and I love that fabric! What a beautiful bench.

April said...

great bench, I love that blue color...also LOVE the bed spread and your sheets...great mix!

bliss bloom {blog} said...

Great bench, I love the colors that you chose. I can completely identify with your story... funny, but not at the time! LOL :)

Tracy H. said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Ruth said...

This is such a great idea. Love how the bench turned out. What great deals too.
I just stopped by from TCB's Get Your Craft On.

Ruth

southernhomesweethome said...

Oh so cute. I love it. Found your post at Thrifty Nifty

Judy said...

The bench is beautiful. I can't believe that story...thank goodness you are okay. That's crazy. I host a link party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I hope you stop by and join the party.

Linda said...

Your bench is charming and your story is so real life! Thanks for the smiles! Hopped over from Wow Us Weds...I am a new follower!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

Pamela said...

This is fabulous! You did an amazing job!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

What a great finished project. I love your color choices!

Warmly, Michelle

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

That is lovely. I love the red toile fabric.
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
{Check out how I made my name 'clickable'.}

Sommer said...

Hi Allison! I featured your bench at my blog party today =) Go grab a button when you have time!

Bridget @ The Rehab Boutique said...

What a great idea!! I have a few of those 70's coffee tables (they are ugly), I think I'll try your idea, thanks for the inspiration!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

So pretty! What a great find at Goodwill. I love the fabric you picked.

Alison said...

So Pretty! I love it!

Nivia said...

OMG I found a table thrown away and I wanted to do the same thing. Where did you buy the foam?

Allison@FabRehab said...

Thank you everyone!
Nivia..the foam came from the local fabric store. Just bought a slab of it :)

Nivia said...

Awesome and Thank you Allison

DecorandtheDog said...

Great idea!! Love it.

Don't you love dog butts in your decor photos...never fails!

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Your bench turned out great. I love the oops paint, nice color. Glad you didn't choke on that screw!!

leah mari said...

so cute! great job and great eye!

♥ Miss Tea said...

awwww the tears are worth it!! you got the most adorable bench i've ever seen! love the transformation of it and you're so good at this!!

i'm your newest follower from the Bloggers Party and Hop at TypeAdecorating.

Susan at http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

Terri said...

Oh it is a super cute bench! I am sorry though, that it almost did you in!
I love going to Goodwill too and finding things to alter. You did a fab job on your bench. Btw, we had one of those coffee tables in the late 60's and those side rails created the "galley" on top of the table...went with the "captian's" chairs...I guess the decor was nautical! Lol!
Hugs,
Terri (I found your lovely site by way of Homemaker on a Dime's blog hop)

Anel @ T.N.C. mom said...

wow. now, that's a transformation.

Jan said...

I agree that it was worth it. Your finished bench is spectacular!

New follower. :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Great job on the bench:) Looks stylish and functional! Really appreciate you linking this up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

Brooks Interior said...

Adorable!! Will store this idea if she ever decides to part with it. LOL

Heather said...

Saw you on Better After. Great job with the bench! Sorry to here it was such an ordeal getting it to line up! Job well done in the end though :)

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful job Allison! I love the color and I LOVE it in your gorgeous space. :)

Roeshel

Katie said...

I love this idea! The colors you used on the wood and the fabric are gorgeous! And the fact that the screw fell in your mouth - HILARIOUS! That seriously made me laugh out loud at the mental image! Glad you didn't swallow it! ;)

Carol A.Bender said...

Wow, great job. I love it.

Serendipity Chic Design said...

You are to awesome Allison! This is a definite trash to treasure!

Thanks for linking to "Meet Me On Monday"...

Take care,
Lisa

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Great bench! crazy story! No pain, no gain right?

Kim
www.todayismysome-day.blogspot.com