Thursday, February 21, 2019

Repurposed - Built a Shower Bench

Repurposed a low stool into a very sturdy shower bench, used thrifted and on-hand supplies.


A shower bench was needed. DGS measured the space, the necessary height and width. DH repurposed various pieces of wood to add height to the tole painted thrifted low stool. I painted.

The cute bears short stool (before) was the beginning of this project.


garage sale - pine (teddy bear tole painted) low stool
free piece of salvaged plywood (just right for the side extensions and brace)
free - nice board from the cabinet turned into a cupboard

on hand - screws, nails, glue and clamps, skill saw, hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, set square

on hand - Marine Enamel Paint (garage sale), foam brushes, Exterior Varathane, Polyclens (garage sale), clean rags, newspaper, paper towels

The beginning - gather supplies, measure, square, cut.  

Measure, square, cut, glue, clamp.
First leg support in place, repeat for the 2nd side.

Added the 2nd supporting side over the first. Glue, clamp and screw, repeat.

The bracing board was glued to the edge of the original side supports and clamped. Screwed down along the joining edges. It was also screwed in from the outside of the lengthened side pieces.

Heavy, sturdy, very solid. I know, not a beauty, just needed.

Next up - painting/sealing with Marine Enamel and Exterior Clear Varathane. Two coats on sides, 3 coats for the top and a final Varathane Exterior on all surfaces.


• decide the stool could be re-invented (no cute little kids
• gather supplies (involved checking in the carport, paint
  storage shelves and workshop)
• plan sequence
• Cut the plywood board into 2 sides and a braceing piece 
  (after measuring twice)
• Cut the nice board (ditto on measuring)
• add the 'extended height' pieces, glue/clamp
• add the nice board to outsides to grungy board
• add a piece of grungy board to brace the legs
• first coat of paint (dry overnight)
• second coat of paint
• Varathane Exterior all surfaces.
• place the sturdy rebuilt stool for shower seating

Before and After

It makes me happy to see 'found' supplies
used for a needed item
(also a bit more stuff is used up).

If it doesn't work as well as we hope 
then it can be a potting stool
(the cactus told me so).

We use our living room when we are 'making/fixing/rebuilding' something 
so the carpet (which has just a bit of pink to share with
 Beverly of How Sweet The Sound) takes a beating 
(not the 'clean the carpet' beating).

Since we like fixing things we 'live with it', clean up afterwards and wait for inspiration for our next project.

Always happy when my blogging friends drop in.

Thanks for visiting today. 

p.s. DGS and DS tried out the stool, decided it was a bit too tall for comfort and shorted the bench side supports 1 1/2" and sanded the sharp front edge. Added 3 coats of outdoor clear Varathane. Now it works well for them 
as a shower stool.


Sharing with:

Janet of Try It - Like It 
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Beverly of How Sweet The Sound
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  1. How nice that you can work together! I'm your neighbor at AIM Link up this week.


  2. Been meaning to build a bench so loved seeing your wonderful step by step instructions. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. I love how y'all work together and make the things you need. That bench is sturdier than anything you could have bought plus the pleasure it gives you both from making things with your own hands. You two are amazing!


  4. Great up-cycle project! Happy Weekend, Kippi #kippiathome

  5. It's always good to have a partner in DIY. Looks great!

  6. I love the way you engineered this taller table/bench! Great thinking Joy! :)

  7. I love that cactus talks to you! The cactus is right, it could double as a potting bench or even an outdoor garden bench. Smart to cover it so many times in exterior varathane. That is my downfall when making projects exposed to the elements (indoor or outdoor). I get lazy and skimp on the protection. Enjoy your new shower bench!

  8. love seeing old being reused and redone so it can be used to meet needs thanks for sharing come see us at

  9. This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


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