The Idea

cowhide-vignette-2

There is nothing I love more than a treasure hunt at my local Habitat ReStore for unusual items I can re-imagine.

And, there is nothing hotter right now than furniture made out of savaged industrial pieces.

When I found both the vintage car jacks used in this bench and the piece of beam in one trip it was a good day! There is a large part of my garage devoted to pieces I found that are waiting for something else to complete them so finding everything I needed to make this fun little entry bench way pay dirt.

The Design

jack-bench

Originally, I thought I could use all of the metal jacks but they proved to difficult to attach to the wood in a way that was stable enough for seating.

So I used 2″ wood dowels that fit into the jack, painted them a rusty orange to match, distressing them slightly with some browns. I then found plumbing flanges that I could screw into the beam and that the wood dowels fit into perfectly.

The Materials

Industrial Bench Materials

  • 2 vintage car jacks or other interesting metal pieces that are stable enough to make legs. I found 2 sets of car jacks at my local ReStore and I have also seen them on ebay
  • 2 16″ pieces of 2 inch wooden dowel (you can have these pre-cut to length at the hardware store)
  • Approximately a 4′ length of 4″ x 10 or 12 inch wooden beam
  • 2 – 2 inch plumbing flanges
  • 3″ wood screws
  • An assortment of paints to match your metal

The Process

Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional question

bench-materials

  • First, I removed the metal pieces from the car jacks
  • Next, paint the dowels to blend with your metal bases
  • Attach the metal flanges onto the beam, being sure to center them about 3″ apart for stability
  • All I did was put the dowel into the base, put the bases into place and then set the beam with the flanges on top making sure the wooden dowels were inside the flanges
  • For safety a long screw should be pre-drilled and then screwed through the beam from the top and down into the dowel, sink the screw head down into the beam so it doesn’t catch on any clothing

Watch the video if you are confused about any part of this process, or comment and I will respond!

The Outcome

This bench makes the perfect entry piece in a small resort home, the area doesn’t get a lot of use so we wanted fun, engaging pieces to welcome people. But it definitely works well for pulling on snow boots!

jack-bench-after

The Budget 

$9.98 – 2 car jacks at $4.99 each

$11.97 – 3 feet of 2″ dowel at 3.99 per foot

$28.98 – Metal plumbing flanges for a 2 inch pipe $14.99 each

$0.00 – I had the wood screws and some paints in my garage

TOTAL: $51.93

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The Idea

round-planter-sand-box

Children love playing in sand! During the summer the beaches and backyards across the country provide hours of imaginative play.

When the weather starts to change we need to be a little bit more creative ourselves to keep our children’s imagination engaged.

Whether you have a full playroom or one family space that serves both parent and child, you can have an indoor sand box.

The Design

indoor-sand-box

I wanted to keep the design of this sand table consistent with the look of a coffee table but also able to contain art materials. If you are trying to make a small space into something multi-functional, a childish table is not going to work for you.

This is one of the simplest projects we have ever done. I basically put together two components, a found as-is IKEA drawer which I carried upstairs and matched to a coffee table base. I chose LACK because of the price, the sturdiness and the storage shelf underneath either for art items or anything else you might need. Extra storage is always a plus.

The Materials

Indoor Sand table materials

  • 1 LACK coffee table
  • 1 KOMPLEMENT drawer, or look for another drawer in the As-is department and match it to a table size
  • Loctite Power Grab
  • Art materials of your choice. I used Kinetic Sand but rice, beans or dried noodles could be a less expensive alternative

The Process

Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional questions

  • Paint any unfinished edges on your drawer — often the part that faces the back is not completely finished. I used black and it blended right in
  • Put together the LACK coffee table following the IKEA instructions
  • Make small piles of adhesive around the top of the coffee table. They need some height because the bottom of the drawer is recessed slightly and a flat bead of adhesive will not reach the bottom of the drawer
  • Put any art materials you like in the top tray and have fun!
  • I recommend using a container or a tray so you can easily remove the sand and toys when you can control their use

Sand-table-after

The Outcome

This small table fits into my client’s tiny playroom perfectly, and there is no greater reward than an engaged child to let you know your project is a success!

sand-table-with-James

The Budget 

$19.99 –LACK Coffee table

$10.00 – KOMPLEMENT as-is drawer

$7.97 – Loctite Power Grab

$9.99 –Kinetic Sand (It is $19.99 at Michael’s so use your 50% off coupon)

$0.00 – I had some black acrylic paint to touch up the drawer

TOTAL: $47.95

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If you want to dress up your home contact YES Spaces today! I would love to talk to you about your family and your space!

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