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Repurposed Piano Bench Lap Desk

It’s round three of making use of the pile of goodies my dad found for me either on the curb or at his rental leftovers. To see where I started, first you can visit my repurposed changing table post, and then my side table repair and makeover. Today is all about taking a repurposed piano bench and turning into new useful projects. Let’s get our DIY on!

Curbside Piano Bench before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, here’s how the story goes. My oldest, Mr. I, does daily exercise that takes him up and down the street many times. On one of his adventures he came home to tell me there was a piano a few houses down sitting curbside. Me, who has absolutely no room for another piano felt bad, but left it there.

Next day, neighbor comes over to tell me the same thing. I told him the same response that I had no interest in another large piece joining my “collection”, so there it sat. Then the next day my dad came bringing the items I showed in my last post and mentioned the piano. hahaha…see a trend? Well, I didn’t know all this time that there was a bench too, so I had him snag that for me since pickup of trash was that day.

I really hated to see a beautiful instrument go to the trash as I love to play piano and teach my children to do the same. However, I can’t save everything. sigh… The poor set had been left out in the rain for several days and then looked like this…

Broken Piano Bench and Music Holder from Curbside Piano | prodigalpieces.com

Top of Water Damaged Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

Now I have water damage and also time-worn wear like the damaged veneer to fuss with. Not too bad, and certainly salvageable. See where they used tape to hold the veneer in place? hahaha…

Damaged Veneer on Piano Bench | prodigalpieces.com

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Here begins my repurposed piano bench creation. Hang with me now. I sit and stare at this thing trying to decide what to do with it. It’s too long and a bit too short to be a side table. It’s too long to be a vanity bench, and too small to be an entry bench. Hmmm…. I debated on flipping it over to turn it into a dog/cat four poster bed, but didn’t feel that was as functional as it could be. After a few weeks of mulling it over, here’s what I decided to do.

I took off the top and plan to save the legs to make into a vanity bench when I get to work on another one in the future. Then, I began to repair the piano bench top using wood filler, and then my sander to take down the worn finish. Once prepped, I use my Provincial Stain seen in these posts, to give a fresh new look.

Staining Repurposed Piano Bench Top with Provincial Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once that was dry I used some tape to make a funky design with paint and let that cure. While that was going on, I set about building the rest of my vision. I built a base using miter saw to cut my boards to length. Then using my favorite Kreg Jig and Clamp Trak system along with my jigsaw, I was able to get my pieces to where I needed them to be.

Kreg JIg Pocket Holes and Clamp Trak for Woodworking via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Time to assemble! These right angle clamps save me a thousand slams to my forehead of frustration as they are like a few extra pairs of hands to allow me to assemble sanely using my drill. hahaha… Aren’t they cool? I actually gifted them to JC for Christmas and we both love using them.

Kreg Jig Clamps for Assembly | prodigalpieces.com


Okay, so now I essentially have built a box and here’s what I did with it.

Build a Folding Lap Desk Using Repurposed Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

That tired piano bench has now been repurposed into a lap desk. Woot!

Upcycled Piano Bench becomes a Lap Desk with Storage by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

This was absolute fun for me, like figuring out a puzzle. I had to design this repurposed piano bench based on the pieces I had, and also make it practical for everyday use. Thanks to sites that offer build plans like Ana White, The House of Wood, and many others, I was able to piece together my design.DIY Upcycled Lap Desk from Piano Bench and Music Rest by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

A Folding Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces out of repurposed parts | prodigalpieces.com

It is functional for holding your books, tablets, phones, laptop, …you name it. Then, open it up for storage while not in use.

Inside DIY Folding Lap Desk from Upcycled Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

When you’re done using it, just fold it up and store for the next time you need it. Fun!

Folded Lap Desk Created by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Folding Lap Desk DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t that fun? So many uses for it and this project spurred on many new ideas and that leaves a wonderful feeling. I love to build and create, especially using reclaimed or repurposed materials.

If you are loving the desk and want it as your own, you can find it available in my shop along with many other goodies. We ship anywhere.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this repurposed piano bench because I know there are others out there looking for a new use. What could be better than a lap desk, eh?

A curbside piano bench and music rest become a DIY Folding Lap Desk with Storage created by Larissa at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Up next, I’ll be sharing what I did with the last of the goodies my dad brought over, plus another curbside find. Any guesses before peeking?? Head here to see. Reclaimed Wood Turnings Before | prodigalpieces.com

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Battle of the Buffets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Antique Waterfall Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Cupboard Doors Before Repurposing | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Drexel Buffet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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More Carvings on Vintage Buffet | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Repurposed Screen Door Chalkboard

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Salvaged Door Before (aka Trashure) | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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For this post, I’m going to introduce you to my oldest son, Mr. I, so he can show you how easy this method is – that even a teenager can do it. He is one of my six budding apprentices, and has been working alongside me for quite some time. Mr. I enjoys creating his own masterpieces, and selling them in my shop and locally to create a nice savings for himself.

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Create a Faux French Grain Sack Table with Tape and Paint - Let a teenager show you how! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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