{Guest post: The Painted Hive}



Ok everyone,  this is my very first ever “guest”!  Kristine has a super awesome blog, if you love a good furniture makeover then this blogs for you.  She made a little comment in her 2nd paragraph that i am the “furniture rehab queen”, not even close!!!  Kristine has a ton of before and afters that she would love to share with you guys – she is definitely the queen :)

I love a good furniture make-over and i have a garage full of them to show you guys but until then enjoy this little post from Kristine and be sure to go and check out her blog, i promise you wont be disappointed (but read this post 1st!)



Hi there! For those of you who don’t know me my name’s Kristine and I’m from The Painted Hive. I started my little blog not too long after Sausha and am super thrilled to be guesting for her today as she enjoys some much awaited and deserved time with her family and husband who’s just returned home for Iraq.

Now, I know Sausha is a furniture rehab queen so I’m guessing you guys love a good before and after? Well, with that in mind I thought I’d share this little reinvention project of mine…

You know those old-fashioned telephone tables? Like this one:


(not my photo)


Most of them have good bones and smart lines (and can be found super-cheap!) and I’ve seen lots of them looking great once made-over though the utilitarian function is some-what defunct nowadays with everyone having cordless phones and the like so I thought I’d do a little re-purposing….



First, I removed the screwed-on drawer (don’t worry, I didn’t just throw it away – I’m keeping it for a rainy day) and old chair pad then painted the base crisp white.

Then on with some jute webbing. Kinda like this:


Next, a layer of foam wrapped in some thick wadding followed by a piece of cute fabric (taupe and cream ticking stripe in my case).

I pulled, stretched and staple-gunned the fabric into place before trimming away any excess and hot-gluing a length of braid trim around the whole bench to conceal the staples.

Some covered buttons were then added for that finishing touch.

So, from this:


To this:


Just a little bit of a change.

Some coordinating pillows and a throw rug really make for a cute ensemble.


The throw is simple taupe polar fleece trimmed with the matching ticking fabric.


Here you can really see the braid trim and fabric. To give the base a bit of extra character and a slightly more relaxed feel I lightly distressed the edges.

Here’s the set in my parent’s guest bedroom:


You can read more about this bedroom here if you’d like to.

I so hope you enjoyed this little project of mine and that perhaps it’s given you some inspiration. If you have any questions about it please feel free to hop over to my blog and let me know.

If you’ve not visited my blog before I’d love to have you. There are furniture make-overs galore and right now I’m having my very first giveaway!

Thanks so much for having me over Sausha and Show & Tell readers!


The Painted Hive


9 replies
  1. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    That is a really cool idea. I like the fabric you chose nice and calm. I think that is a great choice for a bedroom. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Love this idea. I see those old phone tables everywhere though never knew quite what I could do with them. Thanks for the ideas.

    VINTAGE says:

    The idea is wonderful – love it! But you have a lot of great ideas – so I fixed your site on my blog. It's ok, or?



  4. Stacy's Designs 88
    Stacy's Designs 88 says:

    OMG! I finally got a chance to catch up on a lot of your Blog posts. Glad I did bc you always get me in the mood to keep redecorating. I love what you did to this old bench and gave her a fresh new outlook on life. Your mom must be thrilled! Keep up your make-overs bc it always spurs us all on. Ummm…when you're done with your house, I think you should start re-doing furniture and selling it. What do you think? Aloha, Stacy

  5. Anonymous
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