I have been known to stop and pick up trash along the road, not just any trash—I’m particular about my trash. It needs to be a piece of furniture in terrible shape that the owner has determined is not even fit to donate to a thrift so out to the curb it goes. This little sewing machine bench was on the curb in my neighborhood along with its water damaged, beyond repair sewing machine cabinet buddy. I passed this sad little pair three times before I decided to load up the bench. The cabinet was just in too bad of shape to take and try to rehab.
The bench sat outside another week before I had a idea for its transformation. I decided it would make a great clothes hamper for my bathroom. I’ve needed one for a while and just hadn’t found anything I’d want sitting out in the open where it can be seen.
Step 3: Remove the plywood panel from the top of the stool--the seat part of the stool is not hinged but sits nestled into a recessed area about half an inch into the base of the stool. (See pictures for details) Also, remove the bottom of the bench base--it simply unscrewed making this really easy!
Step 4: Distress the newly sanded base and top. I used commercially available distressing tools, but you can make your own.
Step 5: Stain the bench and the top. See that small brush in the background? I used that to apply paint to the "wormholes" as the t-shirt rag doesn't get into those areas.
The hamper bag was attached to the bench with sticky back velcro along the flat sides and binder clips on the corner brackets. Because there are corner braces, the frame is octagon shape, but the bag is rectangular.
To make the bag fit, I made a tuck at each angle and attached a mini binder clip. After the clip was in place I removed the silver handles. The handles can be removed by simply squeezing the silver part together and lifting them out of the channel at the closing end of the binder clip. After the bag is attached, place the seat top in place.
With the seat piece in place it gives the hamper a finished look.
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