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DIY Transform An Old TV Stand Into A Entryway Bench

For the past 5 years or so, my husband and I have been watching TV on a very small 20-inch set that was given to us second hand when we moved into our home. We were also given a small laminate TV stand to go with it. For my husband's birthday this past year, I decided to splurge and purchase him a slightly larger TV and a new stand to go with it. 

So I was left with the old TV stand and had no idea what I was going to do with it. For months it sat quietly in the middle of our spare room staring back at me, until one day, inspiration hit. This tiny TV stand appeared to be the perfect size to fit in our entryway. I grabbed my measuring tape and confirmed my hunch! 

I dragged the little old TV stand out of the spare room and smack dab into the middle of the kitchen and gathered my supplies. Here is what you will need if you want to transform your own TV stand into a bench!


- An old TV stand
- Primer
- Paint
- Paintbrush (I used a 2-inch angle brush)
- Drop sheet 
- Adhesive contact paper (This is optional, I just wanted to add a bit of unique design to my bench)
- New Hardware
- 2 cushion covers (To make a cushion for the bench)
- Foam or polyester fiberfill

Now that you have all of your materials, let's get started!


1. Place your TV stand on top of your drop sheet. Dust your TV stand very well. Remove any knobs or cabinet pulls.

2. Using your paintbrush, apply a coat of primer to the surface. Allow it to dry completely before continuing on to the next step.

3. Apply a coat of paint. I used white acrylic latex paint, as that is what I had on hand. Make sure to allow your paint adequate time to dry between coats. Altogether, I had to paint on 4 coats in order to achieve a nice consistent white coverage. 

4. Once you are satisfied with your paint job, allow the paint to fully cure. I just moved it to a corner in my kitchen where nobody would disturb it for a few weeks.

5. Now, this step is optional, but I thought my white cabinet looked a little bit plain, so I carefully adhered some patterned contact paper to the shelf to add a bit of flair. It's the same contact paper that I used on the valance of my vertical blinds.

6. Carefully attach your new hardware, making sure not to mar your new paint job. If you like the drawer pulls that I chose, you can find them on Amazon HERE. (Affiliate Link)

7. Now it's time to fill your cushions. You can either fill them thinly with polyester fiberfill or cut out squares of foam pad to match the size of the cushions. I chose to use foam padding as it was what I happened to have on hand at the time. I just measured out the foam to just a smidgen smaller than the cushion covers and then put the foam inside. 

I chose these lovely quatrefoil cushion covers which can be found on Amazon HERE. (Affiliate Link) As you can see below, the cushions turned out very flat and not puffy, just the look I was going for.

Now you can move your new bench over to your desired spot! Here's mine. What do you think? I'm pretty proud of it. I always wanted an entryway bench to store our shoes and gloves.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Have you ever transformed a piece of furniture into something completely different? Let me know in the comments section below, I would love to hear from you.

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