Magazine Rack Upcycle

I found this vintage magazine rack/side table on Kijiji for $15 and thought it might work for a piano bench.  We have a very old piano and when we bought it there was no stool or bench to go with it. I had hoped to find something to match, but it just wasn’t happening, so I decided to go for a completely different look.  At the time both kids were taking piano lessons, so I thought that the slots on both ends would serve as great storage for their piano books.

Original Magazine Rack/Side Table

original magazine rack

The original piece had been painted with a pebbled finish, so I had to strip the entire table.

stripped table

stripped tableThe stripped piece was not in great shape and it would have been way too much work to restore it for a stained finish.  I gave it a thorough sanding in preparation for paint.

Upcyled Magazine Table

The height of the table worked perfectly for a piano bench.  I taped off a small rectangle on each side of the magazine rack and painted the interior of the rectangle with homemade black chalkboard paint. I then used some decorative molding to make a little picture type frame for each side of the unit and nailed it around the little chalkboard rectangle on each end of the unit. I then taped off the chalkboard (for protection) and primed and painted the rest of the piece white, including the frames around the chalkboard.  I cut an old piece of board into a rectangle that was slightly smaller than the existing top of the table.  I added a piece of three inch foam and some fabric that I bought specifically for this project.  I stretched the fabric over the top and sides and staple gunned the fabric to the bottom of the board, creating a smooth upolstered look.  I then screwed the completed seat onto the top of the existing table from the bottom and up into the wood base of the new seat.  We added a white wicker basket for extra storage, the kid’s names on either end of the new bench and their piano books into the corresponding slot.

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About Cindy RoyI’m a busy mother, wife and kindergarten teacher. I have a huge list of loves! I love my family, The Source Church, old houses, “up-cycling”, DIY projects, scrapbooking, volleyball, interior design, cake decorating, party planning, healthy eating, and last, but certainly not least…gift wrapping! I just launched my brand new Youtube channel and am super excited to share BOWhemian WRAPsody with my followers. My channel is dedicated to all things relating to gift wrapping and creating beautiful eye catching presents…its all in the PRESENTation! I’m very organized and reflective, and am continually striving to do life more lovingly, passionately, effectively and successfully.

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