Monday, September 10, 2012

A Dooring Bench

Whew, I survived and thrived at Prairie Sisters--it was a fun and successful show.  Here is a before picture:
and an after (the stuff in the back corner belonged to the gal next to me and the ladders were props).
One of my favorites items that sold was a bench I made from a 5 paneled door.  When I saw a door bench in the latest issue of Flea Market Style magazine, I knew I wanted to make one.   They had the door panels for the sides, new wood for the seat and shelf, and no back--I was inspired to make a bench out of the whole door.  So, using all five panels, I made this sweet little bench:
I left the hinges on the side panels,
and I put one of the door plates back on, in a little different place.
The door had been baby yellow, pink, light blue, mint green.  I painted it with Paris Grey chalkpaint, all sloppy and messy.  I then painted a thin coat of Old White over the top.  I love how this sands up with the electric sander--so rustic and shabby.
I used boards under the seat and shelf for brackets, and the cutest little bench was created, quite simply I might add.


  1. It is wonderful. What a great idea. Love the great patina on the paint job too. Congrats on doing well at the show. Hugs, Marty

  2. Congrats on a great show! The bench is fabulous!

  3. I loved that bench in FMS too! Love your version.

  4. Yay for a great show Becky! As I said on your fb page. I LOVE this bench. I was looking at mine today, it's so sad. I have 1/2 a door that needs a purpose. I believe I'll tackle this, although I HATE to cut doors!!! Did you use a table saw?


  5. Wow! That is quite a success of a show - congratulations!
    And now I'm off to scout for old doors.

  6. Wow! SUCCESS loud and clear. Now, do you have to start all over or do you still have things other places?

  7. Love what you did with the old door...So creative and love that you made the bench from it. Congratulations on having a successful show at the Prairie Sisters! I know it had to be fun! xo Pam

  8. That's great!! I'm doing my first show soon and I'm super nervous!!


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