24 March 2014

A Mid Century Bench for the Bedroom


I've been doing a lot of handmade during these cold winter months. But now that the weather is warming up, I finally get to take on a few of those furniture projects which require warm sunny days. And my first project brings me back to our bedroom.

In October of last year we did a fairly large update to the bedroom including adding a work station, removing two-thirds of the existing furniture, and replacing my bedspread with a drop cloth. I still love my drop cloth  bedspread. And considering I have to wash it at least two to three times a month, it's a life-saver for me. (After five months, it's still holding up fabulously!)



bedroom design

When we added the work station on the wall opposite the bed, the large ottoman we had at the foot suddenly took up too much space. It had to be removed. But without it, the bed is just floating in the middle of the room.

So when I came across this mid-century bench at a recent estate sale, I immediately thought of using it as a replacement to the ottoman.

walnut bench

But before I could bring it indoors, it needed some serious TLC.

I initially considered painting the bench, but it's a solid walnut piece. And, aside from quite a few surface scratches, the finish was in good condition. I decided I would first try my tried and true standby, Howard's, before making the ultimate decision to paint. As usual, the Howard's brought back all the luster of the original finish and made the imperfections mere minor details.


mid century bench

So much better!

mid century slatted bench

I added a few simple accessories to one end. Nothing more.

antique blue foo dogs

eclectic designed bedroom

I'd love for it to be an inch or two taller. But overall I think it works nicely. It will also be a handy space for spillover when working on large projects on the "office" side of the room.

I've always loved a cocktail table or bench at the end of a bed in lieu of a footboard. And the fact that it can can serve double duty makes this sophisticated and functional piece of furniture extra swoon-worthy.

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8 comments :

  1. I want that! I want it bad!!!

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  2. I LOVE that table--I think we had a similar one when I was a kid. And I think you did right thing by not painting it--the wood was part of the look in that period of furniture!

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  3. I love it! Perfect at the foot of your bed!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  4. It looks perfect there!

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  5. I like it! Looks great there! I've been getting into some mcm lately too. Wish I would have kept my mil's dining room set!

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  6. Melissa@thehappiehomemakerAugust 13, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Oh I LOVE that bench-what a lucky find, it looks gorgeous now!

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  7. OH my god. Those little gold feet kill me. That table is BEAUTIFUL! So glad you were able to restore the finish. What a lucky find!

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  8. I was just talking about mid-century furniture today and how it never goes out of style...it's so classic. And the bench looks great in your room!

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