Cheap Laminate into Gorgeous Storage Bench

Mindy blogs at  MyLove2Create, but she shared this nifty rescue at My Repurposed Life.  This beat-up, cheap laminate cabinet was a free find that Mindy picked up when she was picking up some other Craigslist freebies.


Initially Mindy wasn’t sure what to do with her find, but one day as she was considering how nice a bench would look in one part of her living room, inspiration struck!  Since the cabinet wasn’t much to look at as it was, she went to work transforming it.  Mindy turned the cabinet on its side and beefed it up with layers of trim and a fresh coat of paint.  She stained a board and attached it to the top for a seat, and added wheels to the bottom of the new bench for added functionality.  The new bench looks amazing!


Make sure you click over to My Repurposed Life to see a full tutorial for this project.

Giving Laminate Furniture New Life with Paint

Over at Meatloaf and Melodrama, Dee had two laminate shelves on either side of her television that were functioning fine as they were.  Dee’s one big objection to them was that due to the sheen and color of the laminate, they were dust magnets!  Despite frequent dusting, they always looked like they needed to be dusted again!

Meatloaf & Melodrama laminate shelf before

Dee decided that painting the laminate shelves would be a change for the better.  She started by lightly sanding each shelf.  She wanted the end result to look like old, weatherbeaten wood, so when Dee began painting with a paint/primer combo, she used very rough strokes.  Just a light coat using this brushing technique resulted in a worn finish that resembles driftwood.  Now, the laminate furniture no longer shows every speck of dust, and Dee’s really happy with the new look!

Meatloaf & Melodrama laminate shelf after

Learn more about this laminate shelf rescue at Meatloaf and Melodrama.

Bookshelf Upcycle with Pallet Wood

Over at Namely Original, Emily tells us, “While we were cleaning up/organizing our storage rooms in our basement, we found an old shelf that was in pieces.  It was a cheap laminate thing that was wobbly and good for nothing, really. So to strengthen it we used some–you guessed it–pallet wood.”

Namely Original shelf before

Like Emily said, the shelf was really nothing but a skeleton.  Using pallet wood added not only strength to the shelf, but visual interest, as well.  Now the shelf has a rustic vibe and works great as a bedside table.

Namely Original shelf after

You can learn more about this project at Namely Original.