Two Wrongs don’t make a Right, But Black and White Chairs Make a Bench!

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Two Wrongs don’t make a Right, But Black and White Chairs Make a Bench!

Welcome to my week of Black and White.  Not everything is Black and White in life, in fact, pretty much nothing is that clear cut.  However, this past week, I had a ton of Black and White projects.  Some for sale at Paris Flea Market and some for clients.  Black and White were definitely the theme of the week.

We all know the saying.  “Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right”.  Two Chairs and some White (and Black) fabric can make a bench though!

A few weeks ago, Emma and I were working and being the wonderful friend she is, Emma showed me a cute project on Pinterest.  Someone had made a bench from two chairs.  I know we have seen so many really good versions of this, but this bench was different, the chairs were facing each other!  Turns out, Emma had two perfect chairs she wasn’t going to use, and passed them off to me.

I had to do just a little patching up, they were arm chairs to start with.

Then I put them together to see how the finished product would look.  Maybe some different paint, fabric?

I used the existing seat pad as a template, I traced it on a piece of MDF, then flipped it and traced it again.  Then cut this piece out with my Dremel tool.  (Like a Jigsaw, but you can do curves so much better).


NOTE! I only use Debis Design Diary DIY Paint.  Any reference to

I painted both chairs in DIY Paint.  One Coat!  Then slightly distressed and waxed with DIY Paint all natural wax.  I used leftover batting I had saved from Rachel’s old comforter (that stuff is good, don’t throw it out!), and luckily, I loved this fabric so much, I had ordered yards of it.  (You most definitely will be seeing it again).

I counter sank wood screws on both sides of the chair to secure the two chairs together.  Then added the upholstered seat, and secured it at all the points where the chair pads would have been secured.


Yes, I really blacked out on the photo documentation here.  (yuk yuk)

You don’t have to imagine the finished product, here it is!

And, it traveled down to my new space at Paris Flea Market where it is now for sale…

That’s it for Two Wrongs don’t make a Right, But Black and White Chairs Make a Bench!  I hope you are inspired to make a bench from some old chairs too!









  1. Shelly Andrade

    My favorite expression ~ but my kids are sick of it – lol! Great Bench, isn’t Vermont Slate beautiful!!!

  2. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.

    Very cool Karen! I love the black and the awesome fabric. And of course it’s repurposing at it’s best!

  3. cassie

    so cute! it’s a perfect week for black and white i think.

  4. Deb Siemens

    This is a very creative effort and turned out so well,
    Hope it makes for a quick sale!

  5. Jill Flory

    That is really cute! What a great idea!

  6. Linda

    Very creative idea! I have two extra chairs and I’m going to copy you (if you don’t mind!)
    Love that fabric.

  7. Cynthia

    Very clever. I love how this project turned out. Great results.


  8. Patty Henning

    Your bench rocks! Love your creativeness, with that and a little CeCe you can do anything!

  9. Jill

    So awesome! What a great idea!!

  10. Heidi @ Decor & More

    Loving the black and white, Karen! Bet that bench won’t last long… 🙂
    xo Heidi

  11. Karen Schulz

    That is so so so clever. thanks for all the inspiration you give.

  12. Jo

    Now that’s a fantastic idea,would be great at the foot of my bed…just send it to me,teehe.
    I’m visiting from Debbiedoo’s.

  13. Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

    look at you, at it again .. i think this whole chair to bench idea is contagious … i’d love to find a pair of old beauts. nice work!!

  14. Tess

    Oh for heaven’s sake! You did it again le kare. I’m so into this black and white motif lately…not exactly by design…just happen to have a ton of the same paint and lots to paint. I’m laughing at some of the before shots in the background. Looks so much like my garage…er, um shop! I have that stool too…a couple of them, actually, waiting for help!!!!

  15. Katherine Landreneau

    Girl! You ROCK! Awesome!

  16. Amadna

    That would look so cute at the end of a bed! What a great idea.

  17. Rebecca

    That is so cool!

  18. ColetteMarie

    I absolutely love your bench! What a great idea. I saw 2 great old chairs @ a local junk shop the other day for $5 each. This would have been a perfect idea for them, but of course, I didn’t buy the chairs since I already have too many chairs & it never occured to me that I could make a bench like this.

    I am wondering, though, how you covered the 2 chairs with one complete pad & uphostery. I have repadded individual chairs & reupholstered them before. Did you cut one padding straight across & not use the one chair’s existing pad at all?
    Thanks for your help!!


  19. Michele

    Wow, this is just the bench I’ve been thinking of to go with the vanity I’m refinishing!!!! Uhhhg, i could have picked the chairs when i bought the vanity last sunday. My car was too full!!! I’m new so check out my Vintage Halloween Apron post here, And please, please, please give me a linky or FB “like” at Thanks. Michele

  20. Susan Freeman

    love the bench, what I really like is the way the back of the chairs have a back bend.

    Wonderful job,

  21. Pamela

    Too cute Karen!! Love it! Thanx for linking up! I hope to have something done to share at your party soon.

  22. nina

    I saw them in person at Paris Flea, wish I had a place for it.

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