Makeovers

My nursery bench made from an old shelf unit

May 19, 2017
sitting_bench1

[En]Happy Friday everyone! The weekend is almost here and I thought it was about time to share another DIY project from our nursery: the bench made from a shelf. Yes, from an old shelf we've had hanging around the house with no clear purpose, until now! 

[Ro]Vinere frumoasa tuturor! Weekendul e aproape si m-am gandit ca ar fi timpul sa va mai arat inca un proiect DIY din camera bebelusului: bancuta facuta dintr-un raft. DA, dintr-un raft vechi pe care il aveam prin casa si care nu avea un scop clar, cel putin pana acum!

[En]Unfortunately I've lost some of the pictures I've taken during working on this project, but I'll try to do my best explaining it with words :). So we've had this piece of furniture that was used as a suspended bookshelf when my husband was a child (he is still a child sometimes 😀 ) and for the past few years it was in our bedroom by the window used for storing all kind of stuff. Since we renovated our bedroom, we had no place for it but I was determined to use it somehow instead of throwing it away.

[Ro]Din pacate am pierdut o parte din pozele pe care le-am facut pe parcurs ce am lucrat la acest proiect, dar o sa incerc sa explic cat de bine pot in cuvinte 🙂 . Aveam deja acest corp de mobila care a fost folosit ca biblioteca suspendata pe vremea cand sotul meu era copil (nu ca nu ar mai fi copil si acum 😀 ) iar in ultimii ani a fost la noi in dormitor, langa fereastra, ca suport pentru tot felul de lucruri. Dupa ce am renovat dormitorul nu am mai avut loc pentru el, dar nu am vrut sa renunt si sa il aruncam, m-am gandit ca voi gasi o cale sa il intrebuintez cumva.

sitting_bench2

[En]With the happy news that our baby was on the way, I decided to transform it into a sitting bench in the nursery. I had a little experience with upholstering since we did it for two old chairs about two years ago, so I wasn't nervous about the sitting part.

[Ro]Si am gasit! De cand am primit vestea fericita ca urma sa avem un bebelus, am decis sa transform corpul intr-o bancuta cu sezut. Aveam un pic de experienta in ceea ce priveste tapitarea de cand am retapitat 2 scaune vechi acum vreo 2 ani, asa ca nu am avut emotii pentru partea asta.

[En]I started to paint it when I was about 8 and a half months pregnant (yes, I was bored at home 😀 ) using white paint, like I did for the changing table here. Then my husband helped me to make the sitting part. We needed some thick plywood but we didn't have any nor the time to go and shop some, so we used what we had around the house. I had some leftovers from other projects, but it was too short and too thin so we needed to improvise. We glued together several pieces of thin plywood to obtain the thickness and length we needed.

[Ro]Am inceput sa il vopsesc pe cand eram insarcinata in 8 luni si jumatate (da, eram plictisita acasa :D), folosind vopsea alba asa cum am facut si cu masuta de infasat de aici. Apoi sotul meu m-a ajutat sa fac sezutul. Aveam nevoie de placaj gros si nu aveam deloc si nici nu aveam timp sa mergem sa cumparam asa ca ne-am descurcat cu ce aveam prin casa. Imi ramasesera niste bucati de placaj subtire de la alte proiecte, dar erau si prea subtiri si prea scurte. Dar asta nu a fost un impediment, a fost doar nevoie sa improvizam. Am lipit mai multe bucati din placajul pe care il aveam pana am obtinut grosimea si lungimea potrivita.

sitting_bench3

[En]After that we cut a piece of 5 centimeter thick foam, leaving it about 2 centimeters wider and longer on each side of the plywood. Then we glued it to the plywood and it was time to put some fabric on it. A few days before I started this project, my husband surprised me with some nautical fabric he bought from a local store and it was perfect for my bench. First I've cut the fabric leaving about 10-15 centimeters extra on each side (it wasn't an exact measurement) and then I've ironed it. Again, with the help of my lovely husband, it was piece of cake to staple it to the plywood (we have a cheap manual staple gun). Again, I'm sorry I don't have more detailed pictures, I have no idea how I lost them 🙁 .

[Ro]Apoi am taiat o bucata de burete de 5 cm grosime, lasand-o mai lunga si mai lata cu aproximativ 2 centimetri pe fiecare parte a placajului. Am lipit-o de placaj si urma sa adaugam materialul. Cu cateva zile inainte sa incep acest proiect, sotul meu mi-a facut o supriza placuta: a cumparat de la un magazin local o bucata de material cu tema marina ce era perfecta pentru ce faceam acum. Am taiat materialul astfel incat sa ramana cam 10-15 centimetri in plus pe fiecare parte si l-am calcat cu fierul de calcat. Din nou, cu ajutorul sotului meu a fost floare la ureche sa il prind de placaj folosind un capsator manual pentru lemn. Inca o data, imi pare rau ca nu am poze mai detaliate, chiar nu stiu cum le-am pierdut 🙁 .

[En]One last step was left: to attach the plywood to the shelf. Again, we've used glue to do it and we've put some weights on it for about 24 hours to be sure it sticks. We didn't use screws because having such thin plywood we were afraid we would feel the screws when sitting on the bench.

[Ro]Un singur pas mai trebuia facut: sa atasam placajul cu burete de raft. Din nou, am folosit lipici pentru asa si am pus niste greutati deasupra sa fim siguri ca se lipeste bine. Nu am folosit suruburi sa prindem pe dedesubt pentru ca avand placaj asa subtire ne era frica sa nu cumva sa le simtim prin burete cand ne asezam.

sitting_bench6

[En]In the above picture you see there some storage boxes on the shelves. I didn't find any suitable ones in the stores, they were either too tall or too deep so I made my own. I bought some carton ones from Ikea, but they were too tall. I've cut them and it was not easy to assemble them, but I managed somehow. Then I painted them white and covered them in fabric (white, blue and red stripes).

[Ro]In imaginea anterioara se vad niste cutii pe rafturile bancutei. Din pacate nu am gasit in magazine cutii de depozitare care sa se potriveasca, erau ba prea inalte, ba prea adanci asa ca mi-am facut eu. Am cumparat niste cutii de carton de la Ikea, dar si acelea erau oricum prea inalte. Le-am taiat si nu a fost prea usor sa le asamblez, dar m-am descurcat. Le-am vopsit apoi albe si le-am invelit in material (cu dungi albe, albastre si rosii).

sitting_bench5

[En]This is how it looks now and I like it, even if, to be honest, it is a little taller than it is supposed to be. The alternative was to buy an Ikea shelf unit and make it a bench, but I really wanted to use what I had instead of dumping it to the trash 😀 .

[Ro]Asa arata acum si imi place, dar, ca sa fiu sincera, e mai inalta decat ar trebui sa fie o bancuta. Alternativa era sa cumpar un corp de la Ikea si sa il fac pe acela sa fie bancuta, dar chiar imi doream sa folosesc ce am in loc sa arunc la gunoi 😀 .

sitting_bench6

sitting_bench7

sitting_bench8

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *