I Found this Hidden Gem at the Salvation Army. I knew I could definately shrink it to bench size. It was all solid wood and made very well.
I removed the top:
It was supposed to have glass in it, but they couldn't find them so I got an even bigger discount (:
(I will use this frame for another project in the future, I've already primed it, you'll just have to wait to see what I do with it.)
After I took the top off, I removed all of the legs and the bottom shelf. I was left with the apron that I needed to cut about 5 inches off the shorter sides. It was really easy, two cuts and I was done. (I used the miter saw to keep my cuts straight). I then reattached the legs.
Now I had to figure out the bottom shelf. It was a frame and a rattan insert on a piece of backerboard. I kicked out the rattan backing (well, not really kicked, but I did use my feet for to press the staples away from the frame).
Now I had to measure and cut the smaller side of the bottom shelf framing using a miter box. I picked up some dowels at Ace hardware (they sell them individually). I drilled where the old dowels were and made new holes on the newly cut side, and inserted the dowels with some wood glue. I straped them while the glue dried.
I reattached the shelf to the frame:
I picked up a piece of MDF and had the guy at the store cut it down for me. I sanded, primed and painted it and then reattached it to the frame.
Here is the finished bench: (sorry for bad pictures, this area of my house doesn't have any natural light, so my camera doesn't take the best pictures here)
This was my inspiration:
Pretty close match, huh? I think mine is actually better because of the bottom shelf.
Ok, here is the reminder:
Yes, you can do it too! I was a lot easier than you'd think!