My Grand Opening | How to turn a dresser into a bench

Grand Opening - My Painted Door

Whew! My renovations are done and the time has finally come for my official Grand Opening. I hope you will join me. There will be a huge tent full of vintage treasures for sale. I have keep collecting stuff like crazy!

If you follow me on facebook, you likely already know that my friend, Lorelei Goodman from White Cricut Fence, and I recently participated in Habitat for Humanity's "Restore It Upcycle Challenge". There were nine other teams participating and we had one hour to shop at the ReStore and then one month to complete our project.

Although we named our team "Shabby Chics", we should have called ourselves "Last Minute Chics" because last night we were still working on our project! (And it had to be at the Restore today!) I think the final coat of hemp oil was put on at about 2:30 in the morning. But, we got 'er done!

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - before photo

This is what we started with and we decided to turn it into a bench.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - part way done!

The first evening Lorelei and I tore the dresser apart. I have to admit, both of us are decent at painting but we definitely have tons to learn about carpentry. Lorelei's husband offered to assist us, but we were the "Shabby Chics" and we were going to do this ourselves ... one way or another. 

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - part way done!

We decided to use the top of the dresser as the back of the bench. First decision made! Then we made a coffee and sat around analyzing the situation. Yup ... way more than we could chew. The bones of the dresser looked scary. Then we made another coffee and thought some more.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - dresser turned into a bench and painted with Homestead House Milk Paint

Eventually, it all came together. But, I must admit we had to text Lorelei's husband a few times.

"Air nailer keeps jamming, help!"

"What should the gauges on the air compressor read?"

I wish I had more photos to share with you, but I don't. Basically we used all sorts of scrap wood to build the seat and the shelves. The drawer on the right side opens, but the drawer on the left side does not. We had to brace the left side well so that it could hold a fair amount of weight. (Although Lorelei and I are tiny, tiny 115 pound gals, we knew someone heavier may sit on it. You know I am kidding, right?)

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - dresser turned into a bench and painted with Homestead House Milk Paint

Because the dresser and the scraps of wood varied in colour, we started off by painting the entire bench with one coat of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Curio (dark brown). We wanted to distress the bench and wanted the colour that showed through to be consistent.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - dresser turned into a bench and painted with Homestead House Milk Paint

We painted most of the bench in Homestead House Milk Paint in Cartier. The shelves were painted in Homestead House Champlain. We finished off the bench with a coat of hemp oil.

We decided the original drawer handles were way too fancy, so we made handles from old rope.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - old window made into a chalkboard and painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.

Although I would like to take some credit for this amazing window turned into a chalkboard and bulletin board, I cannot. Lorelei is super creative and offered to take the window home and work her magic. But, I did supply her with the paint. Does that count?

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - old window made into a chalkboard and painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.
Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - old window made into a chalkboard and painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.

Lorelei painted the window frame in Homestead House Champlain and the chalkboard was painted in Miss Mustard Seed's Curio

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - old window made into a chalkboard and painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.

The adorable words were made using her Cricut machine.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - old window made into a chalkboard and painted with Miss Mustard Seed's milk paint.

A little burlap, chicken wire and old clothespins made the perfect bulletin board.

Habitat for Humanity Upcycle Challenge - dresser turned into a bench and painted with Homestead House Milk Paint

Our little bench and window are going to be auctioned off at the ReStore It Auction. From now until October 1st you can see our bench and all the other team's upcycled projects at Reid's Countrywide Home Furnishings. Today Lorelei and I had a sneak peek at all the pieces that will be auctioned off and I am amazed and inspired by them all. Thunder Bay and the surrounding area sure has some super creative folks! 

I hope you will join us for this fun filled evening! Together we can help build a home for a Thunder Bay family.

Posted on September 20, 2015 and filed under milk paint, random ramblings.