Upholstered Bench Updated and Refreshed

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, however it looks like someone tried to pep it up at some point.

Upholstered Bench Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Upholstered Bench Top Before | prodigalpieces.com

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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 use a soft white and my Square Brush. No prep needed, even for the glossy paint. Woot!

Painting Upholstered Bench Legs with Dropcloth Chalk Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle via Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


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.

Toddler Helping Mama with Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Under that newer fabric is the original tapestry. I thought it was so pretty. Unfortunately, it had snags and runs all over. So, off it comes too.

Original Vintage Tapestry Fabric on Bench | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Stapling on new upholstery | prodigalpieces.com

Finally, my upholstered bench is done. So fun to do!

Vintage Upholstered Bench gets updated look by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

Upholstered Queen Anne Bench and Pillow Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cottage Style Upholstered Bench for Bedroom, Entry and More. Comes with Coordinating Pillow. By Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


Thankfully, I was able to make a pillow from the remnant fabric using scrap embellishments. I love it!

Vintage Upholstered Bench and Pillow Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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 (SOLD) along with many other goodies.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Cozy Farmhouse Cottage Style Bedroom with Upholstered Bench Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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.

In addition, pin and share to inspire others too. Thank you!

What a difference! This vintage upholstered bench needed some TLC and is now refreshed with simple steps. See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Check out all these wonderful projects by my blogger buddies:

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Benches at the foot of the bed are so stylish and handy to have. This one turned out so nice. I love the fabric, it really makes the bench shine.

    November 30, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      They truly are and I wish I had room for one. The fabric is certainly one of my favorites. Thanks, Debra!

      November 30, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
  • Frances Batson

    The bench looks great. I love the fabric!

    November 30, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! It was fun to have the right helper. 😉

      November 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa I knew you were going to do a great job, but that pretty fabric really makes it special. It is simple yet not boring at all!

    November 30, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You’re the best, Mary! Thank you. Hugs!!

      November 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • kandice

    I love the fresh new look. its so light and airy – perfect!

    November 30, 2017 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Love the words you chose, Kandice. Thanks!

      November 30, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply
  • Janette Deans

    Oh this is so pretty, I love the material you used, gorgeous re-do once again Larissa, and good luch in the draw, fingers crossed for you, from a very cold Blackpool, UK..x

    November 30, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words mean much, Janette! I think I’m right there with you in the chilly part. 😉

      November 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Donna Gonzalez

    Just like everything you do, I love the bench – the shape, the fabric, the color. Keep those projects coming – I’m trying to retrain my brain to see the possibilities . . .

    November 30, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You can do it, Donna! 😀 Thank you for the love.

      November 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    Oh I love this fabric too Larissa! It looks just perfect on this bench. I enjoyed seeing your little girl helping out too, she’s the sweetest!

    November 30, 2017 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Gotta have a helper to make the job more fun! Thanks, Kaycee.

      November 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply
  • [email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Such a beautiful transformation, Larissa! Love your little helper! XOXO

    November 30, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! She is there with me all the time. I love it!

      November 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    So pretty, love the new look! The fabric is beautiful. Benches are one of my favorites to redo!

    November 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      They are so simple and easy to do. Quick fixes rule! Thanks, Jen. 🙂

      November 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm Reply
  • Linda

    This is beautiful Larissa! The fabric is perfect and such a pretty shade of blue

    November 30, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It seriously makes me sigh every time I pull it out. Thanks!

      November 30, 2017 at 9:21 pm Reply
  • Paula

    You really put the “fab” in fabric! I love everything about that bench. And how crafty to whip up a cute little pillow with the leftovers (and the thoughtful gift of embellishments go so well–I do hope you keep that for yourself).

    December 1, 2017 at 12:10 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Paula! We had fun giving this a new look and glad to hear you like it.

      December 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Marie

    It’s so soft and feminine now, Larissa! I have no doubt it won’t last long in your shop along with the beautiful pillow. Pinned and voted 🙂

    December 1, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply
  • Julie Briones

    Love! The paint and fabric compliment each other perfectly! Would be perfect in my bedroom!

    December 2, 2017 at 1:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! It’s available in my shop if you are interested. 😉

      December 3, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply
  • Daniela from Sukhi

    Nice change! Looks like it was creative and fun at the same time!

    December 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It sure was and felt good to get it done. Thanks!

      December 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm Reply

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