Garage Sale Piano Bench Upcycle with Buffalo Checks/Antiques Stencils


I purchased this piano bench at a garage sale last summer.

It is structurally in great shape but the maple 1960ish finish is scratched and chipped.  It's going to get a makeover.
I painted the piano bench with two coats of Dutch Boy Chalky Finish Paint mixed as True Black.  I then lightly distressed the edges with 150 grit sandpaper, and smoothed the center areas with 220 grit sandpaper.

Then I pulled out my *buffalo check stencil from Old Sign Stencils.  I centered it both lengthwise and width wise, and taped it in place with blue painter's tape.

My checks were stenciled with Ceramcoat Buttercream acrylic craft paint.

Next I moved the stencil left, making sure to line up the checks perfectly.

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After the stenciling was completed, I brushed on a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Water based poly in satin.

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The piano bench could easily serve as a small coffee table!  

Complete with magazine/newspaper/remote storage!

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I always leave the checks somewhat opaque.

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I love it!

But not so fast, this project is not finished.

After I painted the inside of the piano bench, I pulled out my *Antiques & Collectibles stencil from Old Sign Stencils to stencil the inside cover.

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The stencil was just the right size for the inside cover.

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Now to fill it with some antiques and collectibles!

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Do you remember this chair back photo holder project?

The clothespins hold photos of my great grandma and great grandpa.

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I can't decide if I like it better closed as a table or open as a display piece.

What do you think?

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*Old Sign Stencils provided me with complimentary samples.
All opinions about these fabulous products are my own.

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9 comments

  1. Hi Carlene. Two different looks - instant decoration changes - love the buffalo check on top of the lid - and then the surprise of the Antique sign inside the lid. You spark ideas.
    Joy

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  2. Way to go Carlene! Love this makeover! As I scrolled, I wondered if you would use the fringe stencil. :) Love the bench open or closed. :) Classic colors as well. Thank you for the inspiration and eye happiness to see this.
    ~ Christina in SW FL

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  3. Way to go Carlene! Love this makeover! As I scrolled, I wondered if you would use the fringe stencil. :) Love the bench open or closed. :) Classic colors as well. Thank you for the inspiration and eye happiness to see this.
    ~ Christina in SW FL

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  4. Love it both ways -what a great idea .... piano benches like this are often found at antique and flea markets -you should be a contestant on the show Flea Market Flip.

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  5. Awesome job! Love your piano bench. You make that buffalo check stencil so versatile.

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  6. I really like this! Could even suit a masculine room decor as well. I like it both open and closed! Tough decision. Great job!

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  7. I couldn't love this more if I tried! Love how it morphs from a display case to side table! Really clever and both designs equally beautiful! Totally smitten with the inside as it's just such a cool way to display collectables.

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  8. Your ideas are just brilliant! I love them all.

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