How to Make a Chair Bench with Dining Room Chairs

As one of 30+ bloggers participating in the Thrift Store Décor Challenge this month, I am excited to share how I made this awesome chair bench with 3 dining room chairs. When you get to the bottom of this post you will be treated to some serious creativity so please hop around to each blog and get to know us.

DIY Chair Bench Made with 3 Dining Room Chairs

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How to Make a Chair Bench with Dining Room Chairs

My chair bench was made from 3 dining room chairs that were gifted to me by my friend Liz. She has a cute little junk shop in town but “little” is the keyword here. These big chairs were taking up a lot of room in her cute shop and she just didn’t have the time to do a project with them so she kindly gifted them to me.

Chairs for the chair bench before the makeover

My rule of thumb with wood furniture is to paint it if it is heavily scratched or damaged. These wood chairs were in pretty decent condition other than the stained seat cushions and I opted to not paint them at the moment. After my hubby removed the stained chair cushions, he shimmed the chairs together and added some 1 x 4 boards across the three chair frames to make the bench.

Prepping chairs and removing the stained cushions for the chair bench.

I painted the bench seat with 2 coats of flat paint and decided that I wanted to stencil a saying across the seat. Since the surface was a dark color the stencil transfer was going to be a bit more challenging as I couldn’t use graphite paper.

Added to coats of flat black paint to the chair bench

I printed my saying using a banner template on Microsoft Publisher and rubbed the back of the paper with a piece of chalk.

Printed saying for chair bench and ready to transfer with chalk and a pencil.

After I centered my banner on the bench I taped it using painters tape. Then I took a pencil and traced around each letter on the sign which then transferred the chalk outline onto the chair bench seat.

Tracing the stencil on the to chair bench seat.

Then I took some of my homemade chalky paint and filled in the transferred chalk outline. I have to disclose that I do not have a steady hand and I am the worst at painting details. Probably explains why I am so drawn to the chippy, shabby imperfections of the farmhouse look.

Completed chair bench stencil transfer with chalk and a pencil.

After I painted the letters I lightly distressed the bench with some sandpaper. Since my saying  is “Sit and Stay Awhile”, I wanted it to look like the words had been there for some time and many people have enjoyed sitting on the chair bench.

Filling in the chair bench saying with chalkpaint

I really do like the completed chair bench but I am going to be giving this bench to a friend and she can let me know if she would like the chairs painted or left as natural wood tone. Stay tuned, this might not be the end of this project.

How to paint and stencil a chair bench with scrap wood.

And now for more thrifty goodness…check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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    • Denise Bryant says:

      Sarah….this is a project right up your alley…I can see it all painted white and on your porch. (With your son relaxing with his blanket and plate of cheese 🙂 )

  1. Erlene says:

    I’ve seen chairs made into benches before and I think it’s such a clever way to create some new seating. I love the stencil quote you chose too.

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