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Kid’s Storage Bench Upcycle ~ DIY Fun

It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers time! This is the day each month my gal friends and I set aside to create furniture projects to inspire you. You’ll see what they created in a bit. Me…well, I am on an 80’s “heart” journey to show you how these pieces that are plentiful at thrift stores and garage sales can be made new. One of these below is about to become a kid’s storage bench.

Vintage Thrift Store Heart Cut-Out Wooden Bins |

While you may think I’m a bit nuts for seeing potential in these hum-drum pieces (or maybe you secretly have a stash of your own as you hold onto the past…haha!), bear with me. You can see what I do with heart cut-out-shelves in this past project.

Totally Retro 80's Heart Cut-Out Bins |

This little bin was labeled as a magazine rack at the thrift store. It caught my eye, first, because it’s wood, and second, it serves a functional purpose. However, I’m not so sure it’s a magazine rack because it had a lid at one point from the holes I spied on the side. Either way, it’s about to become something new. Woot!

Wood Bin Before Makeover |

Undeniably, pine was a classic material for these types of decor. Likewise, the heart cut-out design is like a staple of the era. Somewhere along the way, the cutesy hearts got a mite overdone. While all this may be true, I still say the bin has potential. Do you see the blank slate?


To complete my vision of a kid’s storage bench, I decided to paint the interior a soft pink while the exterior would be white. See my little girl helping me with the outside? She always wants to practice with my favorite brushes. As a result, I must say she’s becoming and ol’ pro. Good girl!

Little Girl Helping Paint Kids Storage Bench |

Once the first coats had cured, I decided to make a change. I felt the pink clashed with the upholstery I had picked out. Instead, I went with a different interior color. You’ll see the new color in a bit.

Next, I set about making use of two pieces of scrap wood to make a bench top. It was simply made with two boards sandwiched together (one the width of the sides and the other the width of the interior). Since I’m always working on upholstery projects, I already had fabric, foam, and batting in my stash. A girls gotta have a stash, right?! {{fist pump}}

Nailing Upholstery of Kids Storage Bench |

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My cordless stapler made this a breeze to assemble. Have you ever tried one? I layered upholstery, batting, foam, and then the seat. Then I folded it under and stapled it all on. In addition, I added a few webbing handles to make removal of the lid easier. You can see my upholstery tutorials HERE.


Last, I just had to add a bit of whimsy to the front once the paint had cured. Vintage graphics have my heart, so I chose this one below. It ended up being much like the other magazine holder I transformed in this post. I truly adore adding this vintage graphic using my transfer method for fun.

Tracing Vintage Graphic onto Upcycled Bench |

After I traced the graphic, I hand-painted it in. Admittedly, that part is fun for me as I feel I get a bit of therapy. Handwork always seems to do that for me.

Since my little helper work on this project, she had say in the staging. In other words, she knew that it would be just her size. She was certain her little bum would fit perfectly – she was right! tee hee!

Girl Reading Book While Sitting on Kids Storage Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Little Girl Reading on Upcycled Child's Storage Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


Likewise, she knew exactly what this kid’s storage bench would be good for. Admittedly, we are bibliophiles in this house. Without a doubt it would be filled with books in our home. I noticed her favorite part is lifting the seat off to see the treasures inside.

Opening Seat of Kid's Storage Bench by Prodigal Pieces |

Open Storage Bench for Kids made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

See how the pink interior became green? I feel it’s much more soothing for what I was after. Little girl right away brought her books and toys to fill it up proper like.

Book & Toy Storage Bench for Kids by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Inside Kid's Storage Bench with Upholstered Top |

Here’s a peek of the graphic close-up. Isn’t it sweet?

Hand-Painted Vintage Graphic on Storage Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Repurposed Kid's Storage Bench with Upholstered Cushion by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


While I normally would be putting this cutie in my shop, I have had the pleasure of being invited to a very special event. Yours truly is a part of the Drab to Fab Upcycle Challenge at the Ohio Home & Remodeling ShowOhio Home & Remodeling Show 2019 |

Not only will my work be there, but also many other talented folk and inspiration. Also, Clint Harp from Fixer Upper will be there to speak. woot!

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and bid up my kid’s storage bench. All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity. Guys, I want my bench to be the highest bid on project!! I’m not competitive or anything…tsk.

Little Girl's Storage Bench with Hand-Painted Design by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Child's Storage Bench Made from Upcycled Magazine Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

Do pin and share my kid’s storage bench upcycle. Surely there are other people with similar heart cut-out pieces. Likewise, you just may inspire someone else to create something new too.

How cut is this?! A vintage 80's magazine holder is upcycled into a sweet kid's storage bench. See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #homedecor #homedecorideas #furniture #kids

Up next, I’ll be sharing the next 80’s heart project fun. This vintage bread box is going to get a new look and purpose. Head HERE to see.

Vintage Bread Box Before Makeover |

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23 replies on “Kid’s Storage Bench Upcycle ~ DIY Fun”

What an adorable little make-over. Love what you had done. Really makes for a darling little storage bench
Your daughter is adorable as well.
Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Blessed New Years.

Your little helper is just precious and learning to be as talented as her mama! Love the kids storage bench and hope it’s the highest bidding item in the auction! Wishing you and your family a blessed, merry Christmas!

What a great idea! You have ruined me. Yes, you have! Every time a see a cast away or thrift find, I have to stop, investigate and say “What would Larissa do?” Love this project, but I have to say I was hoping your helper would get to keep it. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

This is just so adorable, Larissa and so is your little helper. What a great upcycle and I adore the little graphic you handpainted on the front. Best of luck with the bids for this piece to help Habitat For Humanity!

Oh Larissa, what a sweet storage bench, especially with your little one featured! I love your hand painted graphics on this piece, such an adorable addition, just like on your book caddy!! I pray you receive large bids on this piece for the Habitat for Humanity.

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