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!
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.
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.
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.
Underneath it is looking pretty good once I hit it with my sander.
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.
Oh, and Lily is here to supervise. What a hoot!
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.
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.
Finally, here’s my reclaimed bench ready for a new lease on life.
Indeed, I do believe I’m smitten. My favorite part…the skirt.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Up next, Part 3 of my antique empire chest dismantling and upcycle is where the drawer parts become something more. HEAD HERE TO SEE.
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