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Vintage Tufted Bench Makeover

A gal can have things that make her smile, right? I’m not much for sparkly or blingy things as much as I am for the down-trodden and those needing love. Much like our Heavenly Father loves us no matter where we are in life. Even furniture. hee hee. Do you see what I see? That there be tufts, y’all. I’m in the mood to give this vintage tufted bench a facelift for modern day.

Vintage Tufted Bench Before in Thrift Store | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

At first glance, it looks in great shape. The skirt isn’t falling off and it has all its buttons – even the legs are what sealed the deal for me. And, isn’t it odd that somehow I feel like I’m violating the bench by lifting up the skirt…tsk.

Wooden Legs of Vintage Tufted Bench | prodigalpieces.com

However, the corners are worn through and small tears here and there. Let’s see what we’re up against, shall we?

Damage Tufted Bench with Tears in Upholstery | prodigalpieces.com

DIY TIME

First, this part of the job is not only therapeutic, but is also essential to understand the structure of the upholstery. Whenever you tackle a project like this, it’s important to pay attention to the order of assembly. Take notes or pictures…ie. what comes off first? That would be what you attach last with new upholstery. If you want to tackle a beginner-type project, start with a footstool. I demonstrate how easy it is in this tutorial or in the video below.

DIY Felted Wool Footstools Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor

Then, for a better view, when I flip the bench over here is what I see…the tufts are tied down and sturdy as ever. I remove the upholstery tacks and retrieve the welting to reuse for later. I had to giggle…it looks like a lady has fallen and can’t get up. ha!

Bottom View of Vintage Tufted Bench | prodigalpieces.com

Here’s a fresh start with a intact base perfect for a new look. It feels good to see this ready to go after my hands and arms are aching like I just finished a round at the WWE.

Inside View of Tufted Bench with Upholstery Removed | prodigalpieces.com

With that in mind, remember I’ve saved all the pieces and took note of assembly. That way, I can replace the upholstery with as little fuss as possible.

NEXT STEPS

Next, I flip it back upside-down and put on a new layer of batting to increase bum satisfaction. When I’m stapling the batting, I am basically tacking it on to hold it in place while I add the top layer.

Stapling Batting on Vintage Tufted Bench | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, I cut my upholstery and attach it as well. It’s a soft green in a solid color, but I want to add a bit of a modern vibe. So, I paint on a couple of stripes using acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium. You can see how I’ve painted with this medium in past posts HERE.

Painting Stripe on Vintage Tufted Bench Upholstery | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Finally, the last repair/addition is to add new buttons for tufting. The process is simple with the right tools. In addition, you can get a kit like this in the notions section of your local store.

Dritz Craft Button Cover Kit for Upholstery | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Skip the box store and shop local – I do! Here’s a peek at a place I frequent built out of reclaimed wood.

Local Fabric Store Built out of Reclaimed Wood | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Fabric Selection at Local Fabric Store | prodigalpieces.com

Country View out of Fabric Store Window | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Barn Loft at Local Fabric Store | prodigalpieces.com

Isn’t it lovely? Funny thing is, it’s right next to my source for all the reclaimed wood I could ask for. (see HERE) Finally, I’m able to finish up this vintage tufted bench and share the new look.

THE REVEAL

At last, here is this fun find refreshed and ready for many more years.

Vintage Mid Century Modern Tufted Bench Makeover with New Upholstery by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #midcentury #modern #diy #upholstery

DIY Vintage Tufted Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upholstery #diy #furniture

For me, I’d say this is bench is breathing a HUGE sigh of relief. {{aaaaaahhhhhh}} No more wonky skirt, or tears, or just dated upholstery. (not that I have anything against plaid…I love plaid.).

Closeup of DIY Vintage Tufted Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #homedecor

Top View of DIY Vintage Tufted Bench for Modern Farmhouse Style by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #modernfarmhouse #diy

Also, as always, I’m curious…what would you have done with this bench? Left the legs out in their sassy style or replace the skirt. Maybe a floral print, or…? Either way, I’m smitten with the outcome and am excited to see it in its new skin.

Mid Century Modern Vintage Tufted Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #modern #farmhouse #diy #home #furniture

Finally, if you’d like to add this to your home story, you can find it and much more available in my online shop.

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Additionally, leave me some comment love below and do pin and share my vintage tufted bench makeover. Inspire others to give DIY a try!

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Up next, another thrifted find that is ready for a brand new look and function. Stay tuned!

Vitnage Framed Art Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Lori B Sawyer says

    I love that she’s showing her legs! Merry Christmas

    • Larissa says

      Right? So much more drama there. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  2. Mother Deer says

    Wow! What a difference! The new style is excellent. You are so creative and seem to always have a vision for these well-worn pieces…that’s what sets you apart from the rest 🙂 Merry Christmas and may you and your family have a stellar New Year.

    • Larissa says

      happy dance!! Thanks so much for saying so. This truly was a fun piece to “dress down”…haha. Merry Christmas!

  3. Rebecca - NC says

    Gorgeous!! From “drab to fab!!” And those legs….. definitely needed to come out from the skirt! 😍

    • Larissa says

      Sweet!! I agree. dem legs are so beautiful! Thank you, Rebecca.

  4. Mary says

    Oh Larissa…I Love this new “farmhouse” look for this bench! What a transformation! I didn’t see it coming, and was thinking, why is she painting brown on that bench? and voila! those legs! That is why…Oh my! I love the legs showing and the brown stripes just pulled it all together sooo beautifully! Again, I wouldn’t have thought of that, but its the piece de resistance 🙂 Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Merry Christmas and many blessings wished for your New Year! So grateful to have your blog to inspire. Keep letting your light shine ❤️

    • Larissa says

      haha! I’m sure many of my ways are unconventional and make people scratch their heads…trust me…they let me know! 😀 Thanks so much for the kind words as they mean much. Hugs and Merry Christmas!

  5. Cindy Davis says

    Great transformation. The skirt definitely needed to go. The stripes sealed the deal for me!

  6. Bryan Patterson says

    Two things:
    1. I wanna go there!!!
    2: I just got an idea for Harbor Freight canvas drop cloths… wonder if they can be dyed???
    how do you find this stuff??

    • Larissa says

      tee hee hee! Right? Sweet local haunt.
      Yes, you most certainly can with Rit Dye. love that stuff. Fun times!

  7. Victoria Eubanks says

    Beautiful job! I would have given her a short, ruffley skirt-very flirty!

    • Larissa says

      tee hee! I debated on that too. I did that on my piano bench linen cover HERE.

  8. Kim Banko says

    Oh my gosh! It’s absolutely perfect! I love everything about it!
    Are the castors original, or did you add them?

    • Larissa says

      They are original and what made me excited to give it a makeover. Thanks so much, girl!

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