DIY & Home

Hack this Ikea TV Stand into a Bench with Chalk Paint.

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My husband is a major DIYer. He loves to up-cycle, build, and create but on a larger scale than myself. I’m more of a handmade card kind of gal myself. He takes on the larger projects. That’s why I’m handing over the DIY reins when it comes to my blog by regularly featureing a “Daddyzoid DIY”.

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This plain jane $70 Ikea TV bench has seen countless transformations. In our first apartment it served as an entertainment centre. It held our TV and all our DVDs. Once we moved into our condo we used it as a coffee table. Then we had a cushion made to fit on top to make a bench for extra seating in our living room. Now it’s time for another incarnation of this piece.

My husband has been wanting to experiment with Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan for quite some time and when he mentioned a new life for our aging Ikea TV bench, I was game! There was nothing structurally wrong with the bench and no scratches. It was just starting to look tired and I guess we were growing tired of looking at it. The feeling was mutual, I’m sure.

About a 10 minute walk from our house is one of the two Chalk Paint™ retailers in my province. Rusty Hinges is one of my favourite stores in Halifax and owned by the sweetest most down to earth lady I’ve ever met! She helped my husband figure out how much paint he’d need to cover the table/tv stand/bench seat.

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Once the baby was in bed for the night, he set to work on the transformation. He had a piece of wood cut to fit the opening of the bench to create a door so that we could stash our junk out of sight. We found a funky knob. He attached that to the centre of the door.

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Then the fun part began — the painting! The best part about using Chalk Paint™ for this project was there was no need to sand or prime the bench. He literally just shook the can, opened it up, and started painting. Even on cheap melamine! For the style we were going for, brush direction wasn’t a concern. He applied the paint in circles, back and forth, and up and down. He only needed to use the 4 oz sample size to cover the bench with two coats. According to the website, 4 oz covers an area of about 12 sq ft. A little bit went a really long way!

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My husband has done a lot of painting and was so impressed with how well Chalk Paint™ went on. He said the thickness of the paint was what made it a dream to work with. The paint was dry to the touch in about 30 minutes!

Once the paint was dry he applied the Clear Soft Wax with a lint free cloth, although you can use a brush. He applied the wax in small areas making sure to work the wax into the paint until the whole bench was completely covered. The purpose of the wax is to preserve and protect the paint. The wax was dry to the touch shortly after it was applied. Once the whole thing was waxed he took a piece of 120 grit sand paper and lightly distressed the edges and random spots on the surface of the bench.

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Funky Drawer Pull – Wayfair

To finish it all off he added some brass corner hardware. These little brass corners add so much pizzaz and really kicked this project up a few notches. I find it really plays off the decorative knob on the door.

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What do you think? Did he do a good job giving this basic bench it’s fourth life? I am so happy we’ve saved this from entering a landfill yet again.

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I’ll be sharing this post on these amazing blogs =)

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  • Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    Super cute! I looooove chalk paint. I’m working on painting a dresser with chalk paint at the moment! This turned out great. I love the color, and the handle! 🙂

  • Mari

    I love Ikea Hacks nice one :)!

  • Monica Geglio

    Wow, that looks gorgeous! My husband and I would like to start up cycling furniture hopefully this spring. We want to learn to build furniture as well. This spring we will attempt to build a kitchen table. That’s awesome that your husband is into DIY projects like this!

  • Oh my gosh it look awesome!! I am all for Ikea hacks these days, the cheaper the better and you get to make it your own 🙂 xo Thanks for linking up this week on the Saturday Spotlight!

  • your bench looks great! We have used Chalk paint before and I love it!!

    Thanks again for linking up with us for the Saturday Spotlight!

  • This is awesome! Do you rent your DIY hubby out by any chance?? Found you on the #DIYSundayShowcase.

  • Teri@The Freshman Cook

    I just love this! What a great job and the corner hardware is such attention to detail! Creative and gorgeous! I would love if you would share these at my blog party, Celebrate It! It is all about how we celebrate the big and little moments of our lives!

  • That is just to cute! Visiting today from Inspire Me Monday!

  • That looks great!! Kudos for thinking outside the box on this one! So smart!

  • Nortonmum

    That is fab, I am eager to try Chalk paint on my kitchen cabinets but need to build up the courage.

  • Wow, what a transformation! I LOVE it!

  • super cute! And it holds up when people sit on it?! That is great!

  • I love when furniture is repurposed like this.

    You did an amazing job. The knob is a beautiful added touch as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • This was such a cool project.

      Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

      Wishing you a lovely day.

  • The bench looks amazing!! For some reason I only think of chalk walls when I think of chalk paint. This is an incredible use of that paint, it looks so shabby chic, I LOVE it!

  • Awesome repurposing … going to have to keep this in mind if I come across a table that’ll make for a great bench/window seat conversion!

  • That is an amazing re-do!! Love it.

  • Ummmm he did AMAZING!!! Wow!! Such a big transformation, this is so cool! I’ve heard so many good things about Annie Sloan’s chalk paint, I can’t wait to try it for my pantry door.

  • Wow! What a clever idea! Looks great!

  • Wow, that is awesome!

  • Sherry Thecharmofhome

    Great makeover! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.


  • Sydney Andersen

    I love this! Who would’ve though of making a TV table into a bench?! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays. I hope you can join us again next week.

  • Lynda E

    nice work! Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday

  • Wow,it looks great!

  • That is too perfect! I’m having IKEA envy. It’s good thing there is one just a 15 minute drive from my house. I’m pinning this for the next time we go.

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  • Kelsey Elaine

    Love this project! It was one of our features this week over at ReLoved Fridays! Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you again at this weeks party!

    Kelsey @ The Vintage Storehouse & Co.

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  • Nicki

    I love this transformation! Can I borrow your husband for a few projects around here? 😉

  • Christine Hawkins

    This is amazing! I would love to do this! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Karissa Ancell

    Really great transformation. Thanks for linking up with Motivational Monday. If you could add that to your link up list, that would be great.

  • Shirley Arocho

    I love it! Well done!

  • I have totally thought about making my old coffee table into a bench too! It looks great!

  • Allison Short

    So excited to feature you tomorrow on A Little Bird Told Me Link Party!

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  • Melissa

    This is so cool! Totally transformed into something awesome!!! Love it!!

  • Chrissy Le Nguyen

    hi, wondering if you have had any problems with people sitting on this? Or did you use anything to give it more weight support? the item says the max load is 143lbs so did you run into problems using it as actual seating for more than one person. Thanks!!