Benno inspiredcabinet

Published on September 21st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Benno TV Bench Gets New Life as Paul McCobb Inspired Cabinet

Materials: Benno TV Bench, Waddel Tapered Legs, Grasscloth

My husband has had this Benno TV bench since his bachelor days. It is at least 8 years old. Ikea doesn’t sell this anymore. When he bought it looked sleek and fresh, but lately had really started to bug me.

the old Benno TV unit

I was about to Craigslist the sucker when it dawned on me that we might be able to give it a new life without too much effort. I was inspired by the teak and grasscloth cabinets and credenzas in Paul McCobb’s planner group. (pix, right)

Step 1: Stain the tapered legs. This was the most time consuming part. It took 5-6 coats to approximate Ikea’s “medium brown” finish. The legs and brackets were purchased online at Home Depot.

Step 2: Saw off the elongated sides of the Benno bench. My husband accomplished this pretty easily with his circular saw.

Step 3: Attached the legs and angled brackets to the base of the cabinet.

Step 4: Cut grasscloth to size and affix it to the existing glass doors. We roughed up the glass doors with sandpaper first and then used Elmer’s spray adhesive. I was able to keep the cost down by using wallpaper samples from Seabrook Wallpaper.

Step 5: Reassemble the cabinet and enjoy!

It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out pretty well. Definitely an improvement.

~ RiDas, Washington, DC

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Jules Yap

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7 Responses to Benno TV Bench Gets New Life as Paul McCobb Inspired Cabinet

  1. Anonymous says:

    Does the remote control work throuh the grasscloth?

  2. Looks great! Very clever.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just a note that the Benno was designed to resist the weight of the TV through its sides not its base, By mounting the legs on the base it may break the base as it was never designed to take the weight of the TV.

  4. Anonymous says:

    RiDas here. Thanks for all the nice comments.

    @Patzberg – The stain we used was Miniwax Antique Walnut Satin. It turned out okay, but I think there are probably better matches out there.

  5. AprilAries says:

    Very creative!

  6. patzberg says:

    You did a terrific job! I have been searching high and low for a stain that matches Ikea’s med brown shade. What brand and what shade did you use to end up with such a close match?

  7. Dileep says:

    Hey dude,
    its superb what you have done with the set. I dont think they might have though that this is gonna be the tv stand’s faith. lol. nice work however

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