You spy this upholstered bench up for sale…what do you do? Me…grab it and get my DIY on! It’s Furniture Fixer Uppers day today and my blogger friends and I have some thrifty makeovers to inspire you. Now, this bench is in great structural shape, but looks like someone tried to pep it up at some point.
The legs had been painted in a glossy black that wasn’t too bad. However, brush strokes and a few drips were evident. The top had been reupholstered in this fabric that is…meh.
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I debated on stripping the paint, but decided to check my fabric supply and work with what I had on hand. That led me to grab my favorite Dixie Belle paint in Dropcloth and my Square Brush. No prep needed, even for the glossy paint. Woot! You can see how I’ve used these paints in my previous works HERE.
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Okay, back to the bench. While the first coat cured, my littlest used my staple puller to take out the upholstery staples. This tool is the best $6 I’ve spent in a long time. It totally saves my hands oodles.
Under that newer fabric is the original tapestry. I thought it was so pretty, but unfortunately had snags and runs all over. So, off it comes too.
The fabric I found in my stash was the same one I used on this curbside settee I rebuilt and upholstered. It’s a must see transformation! (see here) I’ve also used it on a footstool and has been requested by my custom clients after seeing it in use. Sweet!
For this bench, I updated the foam, the batting, and then added the new top. Last, I added a dust layer on the bottom. While I normally would use my favorite AirStrike stapler, I didn’t have the right depth staples on hand. Instead, I went for my standby. Just goes to show that you don’t have to have pricey tools to DIY. PLUS, if you’ve ever wanted to give upholstery a try, start with something like this bench or a footstool. I have a full tutorial for you in this post here.
Now this upholstered bench is updated and refreshed. So fun to do!
I have convinced myself that I need to do a piece for myself with this fabric…it’s so pretty. That soft aqua blue/green and those creamy details are classic and fit with most any decor.
There was just enough fabric left that I was able to whip up a pillow using some scrap embellishments I had received from an awesome reader who works with upholstery. I love it!
Although this upholstered bench set looks wonderful in my room, I just don’t have the space for it. You can find it available in my shop along with many other goodies.
What fun it was to give this sweet piece new life – really! My goal is to inspire you to DIY and make your house your home. It doesn’t have to take a big budget, just a bit of know-how. That’s where I come in.
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