Sometimes a cheap and easy project is exactly what I need. Even though I have a gazillion enormous projects that need my attention, last night I was like “hey un-finished family room built-ins, I need a break from you and your total life domination. So I’m leaving you (for the night) for a cheap thrift store bench.”
I picked up this sad little guy for $6 last week from a thrift store (please look past the construction zone in the background).
The paint color was most unfortunate, but the worst part was by far the lumpy batting. I dare say it had the worst upholstery job I’ve ever seen. It was clear it wasn’t originally upholstered and someone added the fabric and stuffing. I knew with some paint and recovering, it would be perfect for a new space I’ve been working on.
I first took it all apart. I lightly sanded the base, wiped it down with a clean cloth, then moved it outside and gave it two coats of white gloss spray paint I already had on hand. Easy peasy.
Then it was time to tackle the seat.
Using a flat head screwdriver, I lifted the staples, the pulled them out with some pliers. It took about 35 minutes to get them all out. I tossed the fabric and the pillow stuffing.
I had some leftover batting on hand from past projects, and laid down two layers, then cut it to size using the wood as a template. I left about 3 inches all around.
I started in the middle and using a staple gun, started gently pulling the batting up, folding it over, then stapling it into place. Once I had three in place, I did about three on the other side. I worked my way out to the sides, then did date same thing. The corners just take some manipulation to make the batting lay correctly, then I just the execs away. Not every staple will go all the way in, so I use a rubber hammer to pound them in.
Ruby checked up n my workmanship and kept me in line. She’s a slave driver, that one.
Once all the batting was in place, I cut off the extra all the way around.
The fabric was a cheerful print I picked up on sale at JoAnn’s a while ago for $9 a yard. It is outdoor fabric, so it’s durable and cleans pretty easily.
Following the same technique I used with the batting, I cut the fabric to size around the bench, leaving about three inches, and worked my way around, starting in the middle and stapling it into place. I pulled it over the edge of the batting to make it neater.
I lined up the pattern carefully so it would be straight once stapled. The key to a tailored look is it to make sure the fabric is taut, but not stretched so it warps the pattern. For the corners, I kind of pleated them and used multiple staples to hold them in place. I then cut off the excess.
All that was left to do was screw the top back onto the base and put it into place.
Cute, right? Not bad for under $10.
He isn’t going to stay in my entryway– I have other plans for him. As soon as we finish up the laundry room (we are soooo close!), he will live in there, creating a sort of mud room area.
Sometimes all a poor piece of furniture needs is some paint and fabric to give it a new life. And of course, a little bit of love.