Piano Bench Makeover

Piano Bench Makeover

I am excited to finally share this little makeover with you.  This was one of the pieces I redid for the Christmas Market.  It was a plain dime-a-dozen piano bench I picked up from the thrift store.  I liked that it had hidden storage, but had no idea what I wanted to do with it:


Here is how she turned out:

Piano Bench Makeover

I love it!! You may have seen my drop leaf table makeover I shared recently that I painted very similarly to this.  I painted this piece first, and liked it so much that I decided to paint that piece much the same.

Here’s the inside before:


And after:

Piano Bench Makeover

I painted the base with DIY chalk paint in Cottage White (my favorite by Behr) and the top in Annie Sloan’s Graphite, which I love also.  It’s not a true black, more of a dark dark gray. A coat of clear wax seals it perfectly.

Piano Bench Makeover

To add the graphic (thanks Graphics Fairy!) to the top  I used my new favorite tool, blockposters.com.

How to add graphics to a table

It’s so easy to use and you can make your print out any size you want. Then since my surface is dark, I rubbed chalk across the back of each image:

How to add graphics to a table

Then taped it in place with a little frog tape:

How to add graphics to a table

And traced the outlines of the letters with a pencil:

How to add graphics to a table

Then I painted the letters in using  a script liner brush and acrylic paint:

How to add graphics to a table


How to add graphics to a table

I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and a sanding block to smooth everything out.

It actually did not sell at the show and I was thrilled because it was my favorite piece and I really wanted to keep it.

How to add graphics to a table

I thought it could be perfect beside the door to put gloves and hats in the winter.

Piano Bench Makeover

Piano Bench Makeover

Or at the foot of the bed as a place to sit to put on shoes…

Piano Bench Makeover

It has so much character now and would still make  great piano bench…if only I had a beautiful piano like my friend Andi 🙂

Piano Bench Makeover

I love makeovers! It doesn’t really even  look like a piano bench to me anymore!

I’d love to know what you think! Plus, your comments always make me smile 🙂





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  1. I love your beautiful piano bench. So worth all the work you did to it.

  2. I love this bench! The makeover is awesome

  3. Very nice! Even lining the inside – nice touch!!

  4. Just beautiful, Christy, but everything you do is simply stunning! I’m glad you got to keep this piece because not only is it gorgeous we can always use a little extra, hidden storage. Love it and pinning! Have a happy Monday!

    • Amen to extra storage, Cindy! Thanks for your sweet words! I hope you are having a great week! I know it’s been cold…we are in Disney right now and it’s been so nice to get a break from the cold! 🙂

  5. Fantastic! Love it! You do such a beautiful job. I wanna try that, but I don’t know if I have a steady enough hand. I guess I will try something small. I would have bought that bench…I have a cream colored piano with a very boring bench and pad lol.

  6. Beverley Leonie says

    Love it, love it, love it. You did a fabulous job. Great creativity and the lettering is first class.

  7. I love the chalk transfer method! I just figured out something similar on pallet art I made and could’ve sworn I was a genius…now I see everyone does it! Haha! Your bench turned out super cute, thanks for sharing! ~Lisa

  8. Oh my word! This is fantastic! I love what you did with the bench and thanks, also, for sharing your method.

  9. No! that’s right this looks nothing like a Piano Bench anymore … Just beautiful wherever it is used. Thanks for share !

  10. Hi Christy. I have the same exact piano bench that I picked up for $5. last year at a thrift store. It’s in my bedroom and every day I look at it and wonder what I will do with it. I hope it’s OK with you, I would like to copy the same thing you accomplished. I love your bench so I know I would love mine. Only difference would be that I will use Annie Sloan “Old White” for the bottom. Thank you so much for the tutorial. Pat.

  11. Lovely bench!! I love Graphite too! It really is beautiful with the dark wax also. Thank you for including your transfer method and link to block posters!! You have really inspired me to get going on some of the pieces I’ve had far too long.

  12. Awww….thanks for the shout-out!! I love the bench, and the graphic…I’ve used that one too! I’ve been trying to figure out what I can put in my foyer (it’s pretty small)…I think a re-made piano bench might just be perfect! Now I’m on the hunt….

    I hope I don’t have to buy a piano to go with it… 😛


    • I was so glad I could work you into my post…especially since you’re one of my favorites 🙂 I would live to learn how to play, but I’ll have to sit on my bench and pretend for now!

  13. I can’t believe it didn’t sell. You did a perfect job transferring the image and I love how you did white on black.

  14. Another gorgeous makeover by Christy! I love your French piano bench and the lined storage underneath is so pretty too. It caught my eye over at the Give Me The Goods Party.

  15. I’d love to do a project like yours – it turned out so well! I’ll have to check out the Graphics Fairy. Thanks.

  16. Just beautiful – I’ve been used block poster for a long time – how do you not have pixels on your image after enlarging it????

    • Thanks, Suzan…I won’t even tell you what I went through to get a large image before I discovered blockposters! Its so much easier…I have gotten very pixelated images before and I’m guessing it’s the size of the original image? Some may be larger files than others and the smaller ones turn out with pixels? That’s my best guess ha ha! Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  17. WOW! That looks like a lot of work! Great job! Pinning!

  18. Wow that looks fabulous!! What a unique bench!! You did a great job, I love this! Have a wonderful day!

  19. Christy, I love this! The black and off white look great and classy! Thanks for sharing your “how to” instructions! Beautiful!

  20. Your makeover has transformed that ol’ bench into a gorgeous work of art!! The graphics are beautiful, too!

  21. I love this! Great idea and tips! I need to get a script liner brush!

  22. Gosh girl….the inside of the bench too!!!!! You think of every little detail!! Love it!!

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration at Project Inspire{d}!!!!!

  23. Gorgeous Christy!! You’re right, it doesn’t really look like a piano bench anymore. Love the typography/sign on it!

  24. Hi Christy! I just love how this turned out! It’s gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing at DIY Sunday Showcase!! Hope you’re having a good week!

    • Thanks, Katie! Hope you’ve got something to share at our Get Your DIY on Party this Sunday. It’s trash to treasure and we always look forward to your projects 🙂

  25. Oh how I love this! I am definitely checking out this new site. It seems to be popular now! Featuring at my party tomorrow, thanks Christy!

  26. Christy, Could you share how you got the legs to have that shabby chic look? Thank you!

  27. Thank you, Christy.


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