7 Unique Piano Bench Makeovers

Being resourceful, having fun, seeing the potential of every object to be transformed, is the ultimate authentic creative style statement we strive for. Decorating is always more fun, way more interesting and much more affordable when we disregard the rules and think outside the box. Don’t you agree?

13 Creative Piano Bench MakeoversThe piano bench is the most versatile piece and has the power to lift a room or outdoor space. You can inject a pop of color, introduce new texture when reupholstered, provide a secretive spot for hidden messages or storage. So, the next time you see one unloved in the corner of a thrift store….GRAB IT!

NOTE: On the bottom of this article you will find step-by-step directions on how to create your own shabby chic look!

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Piano bench as coffee table
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Piano bench as a coffee table

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Ol' Faithful" chalky finish paint. Distress with 220 grit sandpaper.

A coffee table is a high use, high foot traffic piece. So be sure to use a durable sealant like Minwax Polycrilic.

Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin3M Pro-Pak 99411NA 9"by11" Garnet Sand Paper Sheets 220 Grit - 25 Pack"Ol' Faithful" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook

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Piano stool as outdoor accent bench

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Sea Glass" chalky finish paint. No need to distress if you want to keep this clean modern look.

An outdoor piece requires a sealant specifically made for the outdoors. I personally recommend Chalk Mountain.

 "Sea Glass" Chalky Finish Paint by Porch Nook Chalk Mountain Hemp Seed Oil Furniture Sealer, 32oz

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"Tulip" and "Dew" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook
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Piano stool as flower or planter table

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Tulip" and "Dew" chalky finish paint. No need to distress if you want to keep this clean look.

Note: "Tulip" and "Dew" are part of Porch Nook's Spring 2018 collection available for a limited time, so be sure to check out this fun and refreshing collection before it's too late! 

This concept would generally make this a low use, low traffic item. You can have fun with Minwax clear wax and dark wax creating a soft sheen. Or, to save time and a little effort, you can stick with a trusty polycrilic.

"Tulip" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook  "Dew" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin Minwax Natural Paste Finishing Wax, 1-Pound

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Piano stool with metal base as outdoor side table

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Ol' Faithful" chalky finish paint. Distress with 220 grit sandpaper.

An outdoor piece requires a sealant specifically made for the outdoors. I personally recommend Chalk Mountain.

"Ol' Faithful" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook Chalk Mountain Hemp Seed Oil Furniture Sealer, 32oz 3M Pro-Pak 99411NA 9"by11" Garnet Sand Paper Sheets 220 Grit - 25 Pack

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Organized Clutter
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Piano bench as seasonal decor or antiques display table

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Charcoal" chalky finish paint and "Antique Market" stencil. No need to distress if you want to keep this sleek clean look.

This concept would generally make this a low use, low traffic item. You can have fun with Minwax clear wax and dark wax creating a soft sheen. Or, to save time and a little effort, you can stick with a trusty polycrilic.

"Charcoal" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin Minwax Natural Paste Finishing Wax, 1-Pound Antique Market Vintage Stencil

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Piano bench used inspirational notes or kids craft table

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Sea Glass" chalky finish paint and Distress with 220 grit sandpaper. To create chalkboard surface I recommend Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint.

This piece could potentially be handled a lot. So, I would go with a polycrilic sealant for the base.

Chalkboard paint does NOT need a sealant. However, before using it be sure to cure the dry surface by covering it with white chalk and then whipe down with a lint free cloth.

"Sea Glass" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook  3M Pro-Pak 99411NA 9"by11" Garnet Sand Paper Sheets 220 Grit - 25 PackMinwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin Rust-Oleum 206540 Chalkboard Brush-On, Black, 30-Ounce M-S Dish Cloths Microfiber Dish Cloth, Kitchen Cloth with Poly Scour Side, HIGH ABSORBENT, LINT-FREE, STREAK-FREE 12 by 12-Inch (5)

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Piano bench as a personalized monogram accent piece

Recreate this look using Porch Nook "Daffodil" chalky finish paint and Distress with 220 grit sandpaper. Easily personalize the piece using a monogram stencil.

Note: "Daffodil" is part of Porch Nook's Spring 2018 collection available for a limited time, so be sure to check out this fun and refreshing collection before it's too late!   

This concept would generally make this a low use, low traffic item. You can have fun with Minwax clear wax and dark wax creating a soft sheen. Or, to save time and a little effort, you can stick with a trusty polycrilic.

"Daffodil" chalky finish paint by Porch Nook Momenta Serif XL Adhesive Cardstock Alphabet Stencils 26pcs 7"x10", BlueMinwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finishes, 1/2 Pint, Satin Minwax Natural Paste Finishing Wax, 1-Pound  3M Pro-Pak 99411NA 9"by11" Garnet Sand Paper Sheets 220 Grit - 25 Pack

 

 Step-by-step instructions on how to achieve a distressed shabby chic look:

  1. Remove dirt and grease collected over the years by wiping the entire piece with water and Mineral Spirits (4:1 ratio) on a lint free cloth.
  2. Once dry, remove the seating lid and apply 2-3 coats of Porch Nook chalky finish paint. Allow at least a few hours between coats.
  3. Add stencil of an ornamental design or touching message to create a surprise and delight experience. Or, by simply painting the inside of the bench using a statement color can be equally impactful.
  4. Allow the bench to dry and harden over night before distress sanding.
  5. Sand over the entire painted area by hand lightly using a 220 fine grit achieving a smooth surface. Then work edges and corners more aggressively to create a shabby distressed look.
  6. After the level of desired distressing is achieved, wipe down the entire piece with a damp lint free cloth to remove dust. Allow the piece to dry completely.
  7. Now it's time to seal your bench! Personally I feel nothing beats the smooth sheen given by a clear wax sealant. However, if you piece will be used daily or placed in a high traffic area you should seriously consider a polycrilic sealant like Minwax Satin.
  8. After applying a few coats of your sealant, give your bench at least a few days to cure before handling and placing in your home

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