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Today’s post is a super easy DIY project! About an hour’s time, a hand saw and a bit of paint!

I have this small space at the bottom of my stairs and I have been racking my brain what to put there. I previously had a small table with a lamp in the spot, but it was boring and plain and served no purpose but to fill an empty space.

When I finally settled on a bench to fill the spot there was one problem; traditional benches are narrow and if you add a couple pillows for interest no one could ever actually sit on it and most of the benches I found were too long to fit the space. I did check into having a custom bench made but that option was not in the budget.

I was wandering around a “Junk in the Trunk” event here in Scottsdale and saw an end table with a cute shelf underneath that looked about the right size. I tested it by sitting on it (yes I realize you broke it you bought it) and it seemed really sturdy, so for $20.00 it was mine.

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Home to wash it up, sand a few areas and trim the legs to the correct height and we were ready for paint.

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I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! I use it on everything. It is so easy to work with. You can find it on my kitchen cabinets, furniture, accessories and now my little end table~bench. Two coats of paint with no sanding in between and it is ready to go.

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I also made a cute slipcover with some left over fabric from a fabric painting tarp from Home Depot. If you haven’t used a tarp to sew you should check them out. They are the best and most durable fabrics and quite inexpensive for the amount if fabric and the width allows for projects that would normally require piecing like drapes and shower curtains. Always pre-wash and dry on hot heat to preshrink it and you will need a hot iron and some spray starch to get it back to wrinkle free but I love the look.

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A pillow added to the top ( of course) and a little basket to store my hand sewing and we have a great place to change our shoes!

 

 

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