Vintage Piano Bench Makeover to Bedroom Bench

One of the things I like to focus on in my home is function over form. However, it is blissful when they can be melded together. Take for instance this vintage piano bench. Yes, it’s original purpose is for sitting in front of a piano and storing music. Yet, I see a new use in home decor. (giveaway alert!)

Vintage Piano Bench Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The bonus features of this piano bench is that it’s in great condition with the tapered legs, and hinged lid top. Have you seen my other piano bench makeovers? Check them out in these past posts.

Open Vintage Piano Bench Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

There is wear to it, but nothing I can’t handle. Plus, that faux leather top has to go. I’m liking the nail-head trim too, but not sure I’ll bring that back. We’ll see.


First order of business is to remove all those stubbornly stuck nail heads. ugh. Then, once those are out, my hands get the pure bliss of removing all those staples too. Oh the joy! {{sarcasm to the hilt}}

Removed Upholstery Hardware and Staples for Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

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It’s at this point I choose not to reuse them. Why? Mainly because four broke in my removal process and finding a match to this design is nearly impossible. Besides, I have something a little more dressy in mind.


Next, it’s time to bring on the funky fun. The overall design of this vintage piano bench is kinda boring. In order to dress it up a bit I want to add a few features. One of the easiest ways to do this is using these amazing molds. You can see how I’ve used them in the past HERE.

Paper Clay Iron Orchid Molds for Furniture Details by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

I’ve used these molds for the paper clay, hot glue, and you can even use them for food too. Simply press in your medium, remove and let cure. Then, apply with an adhesive. I’m using wood glue and my nail gun to add a few small tacks to keep them from sliding down while glue is still wet.

See my demo in my video tutorial below.

Before I head to the next step of fun, I paint the accents in a paint similar in color to the stain.

Painting Paper Clay Accents on Vintage Piano Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |


This is the point where I get giddy. Time to bring out my favorite Zibra paint brushes. I can say it over and over again that these are the only brushes I’ve used that give me the finish I’m after. Plus, all the various styles of brushes help me tackle each job perfectly. Take a peek at the 8 styles HERE. You can see the dozens of projects I’ve used them on in these past posts as well.

Painting Vintage Piano Bench with Zibra Fan Brush by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces

First, I start the fun with the Fan Brush and a custom color I mixed for this project. I have the first coat on in 10 minutes. Then, I add a second coat soon after.

Before I call this project finish, I want to add dimension. In order to do that, I use my old(er) and dedicated Square Brush to wax the bench.

Waxing Vintage Piano Bench with Zibra Square Brush |

Last, but not least, I add new linen upholstery to recover the top. I can’t get enough of this fabric I used on this antique desk set HERE.

Hot Gluing Gimp onto Upholstered Vintage Piano Bench |

For the final touch, I add some gimping with my hot glue gun. Are you ready for the reveal?


Here’s this vintage charm made new with paint, upholstery, and bit of fun. Would you know it’s the same piece I brought home?

Vintage Style Bedroom Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #bedroom #furniture #homedecor

Upholstered Piano Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #upholstery #furniture #home #homedecor #bedroom #farmhouse

Notice I didn’t set it in front of my piano. It works perfectly as an accent bench in an entry or at the end of a bed as I’ve staged it here.

Vintage Style Upholstered Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #bedroom

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Isn’t that a fun new look? The best part is that it even has storage to tuck away nightgowns, or books, or…you get the idea. Also, I couldn’t resist adding a little whimsy to the inside.

Hand-Painted Piano Bench with Bird & Branches by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #furniture #diy #homedecor

Hand-Painted Piano Bench with Upholstered Top by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #farmhouse

If you’d like to make this bench your own, you can find it and much more available in my online shop. In addition, don’t forget to make use of your discount if you’re signed up for my free newsletter.

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Linen Upholstery on Vintage Piano Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture

Bedroom Bench Design from Piano Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #furniture #vintage


Zibra and I are all about empowering you to take on your own DIY projects with confidence. We are giving away this amazing set of my favorite brushes to one of you.

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DIY Vintage Piano Bench Makeover with Paint, Clay, and Upholsteryby Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #furniture #home #homedecor #vintage #farmhouse

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Also, more DIY projects like my vintage piano bench makeover:

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  • Janie Gagne

    I love the piano bench redo!

    February 4, 2020 at 7:02 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yay! Thank you, Janie. 🙂

      February 4, 2020 at 7:09 am Reply
  • ColleenB.-Tx.

    Really like what you had done to the piano bench. I have an organ bench to make over so guess that will be my next project to deal with. Son-in-law was going to throw out his mom’s old organ but told him that I would take it, bench and all. All the scrap metal we gave to a friend for him to take to the recycling place as he gets so much a pound for all the scrap metal he brings in, so it’s a win, win situation and nothing goes to the landfill. The stand that holds up the sheet music, I made a nice plaque with Christian saying on it to give to our son-in-law for him as a memory keep sake that came from his mothers organ. Both his mother & father where ministers in the church years ago.

    February 4, 2020 at 7:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Goosebumps! That’s a funtastic idea, Colleen. I’m so glad you salvaged it. 😀

      February 4, 2020 at 7:19 am Reply
      • ColleenB.-Tx.

        send me an email and I will email you a picture of the wall plaque that I had done if you would like to see.

        February 4, 2020 at 8:05 am Reply
        • Larissa

          I got it! So beautifully done, Colleen.

          February 4, 2020 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Susie Wilcox

    Your piano bench is so pretty and doesn’t even look like a piano bench anymore. I saw one in a dumpster of someone moving. Oh, I should grab it! I do need brushes to finish up some projects! I have never tried this brand. Thanks for all your give aways.

    February 4, 2020 at 7:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Go for it, Susie! haha. You will be smitten with Zibra, I have no doubt.

      February 4, 2020 at 8:40 am Reply
  • Kim Brewer

    Beautiful make over! I have a thing for piano benches but have yet to find one to redo.
    Best, Kim

    February 4, 2020 at 7:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are a kindred spirit for sure, Kim. Thanks!

      February 4, 2020 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Babette

    Hi Larissa,
    I hope you’re feeling well and getting your medical issues sorted out. It’s so hard sometimes to know things aren’t right with our health, but having medical professionals tell us what they think it is but not totally certain.

    Anyway, love the bench and how you jazzed it up. It’s beautiful. If I were to win the brushes, I would paint my console table. I’ve painted it once and it needs a makeover! Thanks for the giveaway!

    February 4, 2020 at 7:49 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Me too. An answer is waiting for me. Thanks for the love on my work. You will love Zibra brushes! 😀

      February 4, 2020 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Marci McGarvey

    Love this bench! I have a 4 car garage full of projects that the brush set would surely help me finish!

    February 4, 2020 at 9:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Good gravy, girl! haha. That’s awesome.

      February 4, 2020 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Alicia H

    Hi Larissa, Blessings to you and hope you are feeling better soon. I need a bench like that for the end of my bed! Thanks for the great idea. xo~Alicia

    February 4, 2020 at 10:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Alicia. Thank YOU. 😀

      February 4, 2020 at 11:19 am Reply
  • Micah

    I like how you added the molded pieces to the corners! I have one of those molds but I always forget that it’s around. Now I’ve got some inspiration! I love those paint brushes. Can’t wait to see who wins!

    February 4, 2020 at 10:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Isn’t that how it always works? haha. I have much fun with these. I’m so glad you like it.

      February 4, 2020 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Linda C Johnston

    Larissa, I can’t wait each week to receive your post! It is so great to see what you all have been up to and what amazing creation you have working on. I sure hope I win those brushes!

    February 4, 2020 at 10:23 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Linda, you just made my day! Thank you so much. I hope you do too.

      February 4, 2020 at 11:20 am Reply
  • Cate

    LOVE this Larissa! I enjoy the fabric coordinating theme inside and out. Great job!!

    February 4, 2020 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      This was fun, Cate, and I’m glad you enjoyed it too. Thank you!

      February 4, 2020 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Sheri

    Wow! You always make things look easy…I try something and am reminded how hard it is for me and then wait a long time to try again (long enough to forget how hard it is 😉). I’m a Grammy and I would put surprises for grandkids in the storage of a beautiful bench like this-new books to read together, fun crafts/activities, notes to tell them how great they are, etc. ❤️ PS I think I need to try Zibra brushes…maybe that would be the magic I need 😊

    February 4, 2020 at 11:56 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thank you so much. This was fun to take it to a new level. I love that you do that because I do the same. You will love the Zibra brushes for sure. 🙂

      February 4, 2020 at 12:11 pm Reply
  • Tracy P

    great job! my favorite added touch is the little bird painting under the lid. so adorable.

    February 4, 2020 at 12:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for getting it, Tracy. We love birds here. 🙂

      February 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Amber Kolb

    It looks beautiful!! It’s so nice that it has some storage too. I would paint a curio cabinet I have.

    February 4, 2020 at 1:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! That’s my favorite part, the storage. You will have such fun!

      February 4, 2020 at 2:25 pm Reply
  • Sherry Riggs


    February 4, 2020 at 3:28 pm Reply
  • Carol San Diego

    I’d like to paint a vintage storage cabinet with these brushes to make it as easy as possible!

    February 4, 2020 at 3:54 pm Reply
  • Lori Sawyer

    Awesome job! I love the inside

    February 4, 2020 at 4:02 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Lori. Those little details make it fun for me.

      February 4, 2020 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, Oh did you have fun with this little beauty! I love all the “extras” you added to sweeten up this piece, it is so very pretty now.

    February 4, 2020 at 6:53 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you. It just needed some dressing up.

      February 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Lori

    I love the piano bench. Gives me more ideas. Thanks.

    February 4, 2020 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy to hear it, Lori. Thank you bunches.

      February 4, 2020 at 8:49 pm Reply
  • Iris

    So pretty now!!

    February 4, 2020 at 9:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Iris. This was fun! 😀

      February 5, 2020 at 5:31 am Reply
  • Nippon

    Your work is great. Continue the great effort!!

    February 5, 2020 at 2:01 am Reply
  • joann Collins

    I love getting your emails , you give me so much inspiration. You make everything look so easy and fun. Now I look for wooden stuff at thrift stores and garage sales to see what I can do with them. I would use the brushes on all my projects. Keep the emails coming I look for them every week. Your home looks beautiful. I love the older look of things . Thank you

    February 5, 2020 at 5:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Joann, you just made my day…really. Such encouraging words for me to hear. Thank you for that. Sending you hugs!

      February 5, 2020 at 6:41 am Reply
  • Brinley Sanders

    This is gorgeous…you have inspired me to try new approaches in my DIY. Have a wonderful day!

    February 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s the spirit, Brinley! 😀 Thank you so much.

      February 5, 2020 at 1:10 pm Reply
  • Alison S

    I have a dresser that I would paint. Thanks for the chance to win!

    February 5, 2020 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Anne

    Love your work. So talented! If I win, will my painting be as good as yours? LOL

    February 5, 2020 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Hi Larissa! What a great upgrade for the bench. I have a piano bench that has been staring at me for a while now waiting for some love. I’m not sure how you added the pillow top? Of is it just fabric glued to the bench? Thank you for another great inspirational piece and the chance to win some pretty cool brushes!

    February 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Cheryl. Sounds like we are on the same vibe. I just added a bit of batting under the upholstery to replace the old that was matted down.

      February 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm Reply
  • Michele

    How beautiful! I think this is one of my favorite make-overs you have done. I’m definitely going to be on the look out for a bench now. But I will have to have my artistic daughter do the inside painting! Also, I love the spread on the bed behind the bench. Is it vintage or a wonderful reproduction?

    February 5, 2020 at 12:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to compliment me so, Michele. Thank you. The bedding was from a company that closed a few years ago. It’s one of my favorites.

      February 5, 2020 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Dale Cundy

    Such a fantastic makeover…….I am in love with the molds…they are so much fun to use. The stenciling inside the bench is a nice touch!🐦

    February 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Dale.

      February 7, 2020 at 6:48 am Reply
  • donna porter

    Love how your work turned out…Great job!
    I would do my dresser I had as a child. It is over 50 years old and hope it turns out well.

    February 6, 2020 at 8:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Donna. Sounds like fun! 😀

      February 6, 2020 at 8:54 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Donna.

      February 7, 2020 at 6:50 am Reply
  • jane Jakins

    love painting furniture, love the finish piano bench

    February 6, 2020 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Cassandra D

    The cabinet in the hallway.

    February 6, 2020 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Brooke Rose

    I’d love to paint a table with the brushes~ God Bless

    February 6, 2020 at 11:11 pm Reply
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