Old Workbench Repurposed as My New Desk!

The pantry/office makeover is taking a little longer than I thought it would. The space is only eight feet by five feet (or something like that – I didn’t measure), but it seems to be taking forever! In reality, I’ve only been working on it for a week, but if feels like there’s s much more to do!

Next on my project list was this old workbench:

It was my grandfather’s and has been sitting in this spot in the garage for as long as I can remember. I’m guessing he painted the top red many years ago. It was pretty beat up, but the more I looked at it, the more I saw it’s potential.

So I dragged it out of the garage, sanded it down a bit, and gave it a new life.

I had to remove one of the drawers, or there would be no room to sit.

*I will warn you, this little room is smack in the middle of my house and get absolutely no natural light, so the pics are the best I can get them*

I had really wanted to stain the top and paint the legs, but I don’t have a sander and that red paint was a lot harder to get off than I thought it would be! I don’t like complicated projects, so I decided to just do the opposite of my original plan. I painted the top white, and stained the legs and sides with red┬ámahogany. I’m still considering painting the legs white as well, but for now, I like it.

The chair was from a yard sale many years ago. My mom had bought it to add to her dining room as an extra, ┬ábut doesn’t need it anymore so she gave it to me. Debating on what to do with it – paint or stain? What do you think?

Sanded the edges a bit. The drawer is pretty beat up looking, but I like it that way!

This room was originally the laundry room, which is why you see all of these holes and hook-ups in the wall. Still trying to figure out how to hide all of them, but really, I’m the only one who will see this room, so I may as well just live with it.

I’m really liking the way this little room is shaping up! The next step is getting a wireless modem hooked up in there so I can move my office equipment in. The pantry has been painted and I’m just waiting for the knobs so I can put it all back together. I’m hoping to have it all finished by Easter – I can’t wait to show it to you!!!

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  1. says

    Fabo! With the chair my suggestion would be to paint the chair white the same as the table however leave the seat and stain the same as the legs on the table. I love that this piece was your grandfathers :)

  2. says

    I love your workbench. I wish I could have taken my grandpas but he built it in his workroom which was very long and narrow and there was no way that the bench was coming out. You have such a great area there and I can’t wait to see how it comes along.

  3. says

    I love it! It’s so fun when something like that is rescued (special meaning to you/just sitting around/free! and you did an amazing job! Looking forward to seeing the rest of what you have planned! It’s going to be a great space! :)

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