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Reclaimed Bench from Upcycled Dresser Parts

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, so that means it’s Trash to Treasure time. Yahoo!! My gal friends are sharing their inspiration below. However, I’m excited to share Part 2 of my upcycled antique empire chest of drawers. See what the bottom half became in this Part 1 post. Today, the rest of the pieces are heading to become a reclaimed bench. Yes, really!

Antique Empire Chest Leftover Parts Before | prodigalpieces.com

At the beginning, what you’re looking at is the top of the chest and the broken drawers. All these leftovers are prime for upcycling. Do you see it?

Previously, if you check out the first post, you see that the top had contact paper covering this damaged veneer. Yeah…that isn’t a small spot of damage.

Damaged Veneer Top of Antique Empire Chest | prodigalpieces.com

That’s what led me to cut off the entire top and build the bench from the base. And, because I’m a waste not want not kinda gal, the rest of the chest needs a new life too.

DIY TIME

First, I remove the two thick layers of veneer. In addition, you can see what I’ve done to remove veneer in past posts with my towel soak method. However, this time, it is coming off easy enough I don’t need to use it.

Removing Veneer Layers | prodigalpieces.com

Underneath it is looking pretty good once I hit it with my sander.

Sanding Removed Dresser Top | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Next, it’s time to dig into my stash. If you’ve been around for a couple months, you can see how I took some curbside finds and made two coffee tables. In order to make those tables I used parts of a beaten up upright grand piano. The scraps are going to help me finish this project off right. Just look at those oak beauties! Too good trash.

Reclaimed Piano Parts for Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Oh, and Lily is here to supervise. What a hoot!

Lily the Calico Cat on Table | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but not least, I’m making use of the drawers. After a few whacks of a hammer, the fronts are ready for a chop. Don’t worry I plan to make use of every bit of them.

Drawer Front on Miter Saw for Reclaimed Bench | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I cut the fronts to length and then use my pocket jig to make joints so that I can use the fronts as the skirt of my reclaimed bench. Afterward, I use a reactive stain to give it a uniform color and a poly topcoat.

THE REVEAL

Finally, here’s my reclaimed bench ready for a new lease on life.

Rustic Farmhouse Entry Bench made from Reclaimed Materials by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #reclaimed #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Repurposed Farmhouse Bench made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #homedecor

Indeed, I do believe I’m smitten. My favorite part…the skirt.

Reclaimed Drawer Fronts as Bench Skirt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #reclaimed #furniture

Handmade Farmhouse Bench for Home Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #woodworking #trashure

Also, my misfit drawer fronts with original escutcheons are just the right touch, don’t you think? I’m a sucker for all things old. Oh, and then there’s my other favorite…the top.

Farmhouse Reclaimed Bench Built from Antique Empire Chest Parts by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #furniture #diy #homedecor

Top of Reclaimed Bench Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #homedecor

That grain is gorgeous and so are the worn holes and character. In spite of the obvious, would you have guessed it was a dresser top married to a skirt of drawer fronts and antique upright grand piano parts for legs?

Upcycled Dresser Top Bench Built by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #home #furniture

As with all my projects, my goal is set on inspiring you. Maybe there’s more to the things we consider trash? You know it. It’s called #trashure. Likewise, almost all my builds and creations like this bench is available in my online shop.

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Farmhouse Style Entry Bench Built from Reclaimed Materials by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #homedecor

In addition, pin and share my reclaimed bench to inspire others to see the potential in the the #trashure. You know it’s there, it just needs new life.

An antique empire chest of drawers is dismantled to make a few projects. This is Part 2 where the top and drawers make a reclaimed bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #furniture #upcycled #home #homedecor

UP NEXT

Up next, Part 3 of my antique empire chest dismantling and upcycle is where the drawer parts become something more. HEAD HERE TO SEE.

Drawer Parts Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more upcycled builds like my reclaimed bench:

This reclaimed coffee table is made from curbside finds, including an antique upright grand piano. See the DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy #woodworking #reclaimed #furniture #home #homedecorCheck this out! An antique treadle sewing machine gets recreated into a chess & checkerboard set for your home. Full tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #toys #farmhouse

Comments

  1. Vickie R says

    very nice, you never fail to impress.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Vickie. These projects are always fun for me. 😀

  2. Mary formerly of the boondocks says

    You are truly a repurposer extraordinaire!!

  3. Cynthia says

    So nice and great use of the pieces.
    What is a reactive stain?
    Cynthia

    • Larissa says

      Thanks, Cynthia. It’s a natural stain that works with the tannins of the wood to age it.

  4. Rebecca - NC says

    The escutcheons totally makes this a “WOW!” 💕

    • Larissa says

      Right? The grain on the top with the breadboard ends really makes my heart pitter-pat too.

  5. Michele M. says

    WOW! You sure put in a lot of work on saving all that wood. You’ve made it into a functional and wonderful piece.

    Well done!

    And Lily is a cutie!!!!

    • Larissa says

      It feels so good to make use and not waste (as well as create). Part 3 coming soon! Thank you, Michele.

  6. Christy James says

    You are so inspiring, Larissa!! This is absolutely beautiful and I love the skirt too! XOXO

  7. Mary says

    Wow! As I sat and looked at the photo you shared of the pieces, I thought to myself, I have NO clue what I would do with that??? And wow! this bench is amazing! I love the skirts, the top, the big chunky legs. You have such a gift! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us, although I just don’t think I’ll ever train my brain to see things that yours does 🙂 🙂

    • Larissa says

      It is such a treat for me to be able to work on things like this. Thanks so much for the smile, Mary. 😉

  8. Susan Cox says

    I think this is my favorite project of yours–love the escutcheons on the skirt!

    • Larissa says

      sweet to hear! Thank you for the kind words, Susan. 🙂

  9. Denise - Salvaged Inspirations says

    I’m with Mary. I had NO idea where you were going with these salvaged pieces but you’re knocking these projects out of the ballpark my friend! The keyholes on the skirt are SO charming and that wood… omygosh… love your supervisor too! 💕

    • Larissa says

      haha…yeah, I’m a nut like that. 😉 So fun to make use of these and share them with you. Thank you, Denise! Lily says I need a vacay now.

  10. Kim Banko says

    It’s amazing! The skirt is my favorite part too. The keyholes!

    • Larissa says

      I just love those skeleton keys and the stories they tell. Thanks, Kim!

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