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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upholstering Little Bench - A sweet spot to land

If you stuck through my ugly post yesterday. I have some pretty pictures for you today!

Two years ago I happened upon a cute little bench being thrown out with a neighbor's trash. (I am addicted to trashed furniture. In fact, I have a NASTY chair in my garage that needs a lot of help structurally and asthetically.)

The roadside bench was painted a very blah beige color. I brought her home and gave her some decorative lines and a monogram. At the time we didn't have anywhere to sit in our mudroom, so this little bench served the purpose well. Later I built a big mudroom hallway bench with built in shoe storage (I promise to create a tutorial for that at a later date.) So, this little bench was moved to the guest room where she sat by the window until this week.


The first thing I did was give her a little rub down with some sand paper. Then I laid down 3 coats of fresh shiny white paint (leftover from trim and moulding painting).


I used some old foam I saved from our move (only 3+ years ago). This foam was the packing material used to ship ice cream cones! I received it from a nice woman off of FreeCycle.org and thought it could be used for a cushion at some point.



I cut some batting to fit over and wrap around the foam (so as to hide all the seams in the foam).

Then cut the arms off of an old t-shirt of Pretty Handsome Guys (don't worry, he had already said goodbye to it.) And cut up the sides so I could use just the back of the shirt.


And finished off with the decorative fabric cut slightly larger than all the other layers.


I carefully folded my decorative fabric under being sure that I had the old t-shirt hidden in the fold. And put in two staples with the staple gun to hold the fabric on the one side.



Moving over to the other side, I cut the t-shirt, batting, and decorative fabric down to size being sure to leave about an inch excess on the decorative fabric.


Then I repeated the same fold under and put in two staples.


Now for the bling! I had plenty of leftover nailhead trim from this project (check that link out if you need a better tutorial on adding nailhead trim.) I began at the corner of the front of my bench and added the starter nail.


At this point my 6 yr. old had come over to my side telling me how bored he was and, "What can I do now?" I asked if he wanted to help me hammer. Once I started each nail, he was able to hammer it into the nailhead trim for me. (I did have to finish a few off myself.) We worked together adding the nailhead trim to the front and back of the bench.



Before adding the trim to the sides I neatly folded and tucked under all the layers (cutting excess off when necessary.) Until it looked like this. Then I added the trim on top to hold the fabric in place.


And there she was, my beautiful cushioned bench for our guest room. I've been busy trying to finish a few projects (rebuilding a curbside chair and making a night stand from a door and picket fence) in this room before my best friend from high school comes to visit. Nothing like a visitor to get your DIY butt in gear!

 Sittin' pretty

Sweet smelling soaps in a coordinating bowl

My trash to treasure bench is now a sweet spot to land

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40 Comments:

At July 20, 2010 at 1:00 PM , Blogger ChRiS said...

1st i love this material the colors are so pretty 2nd i love the the bench great job

 
At July 20, 2010 at 1:29 PM , Blogger cscottdraw said...

wow that came out beautiful!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM , Blogger Anita@GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh wow! I love the transformation of this bench! The fabric is fantastic. The colors are right up my alley. You did a great job! Thanks for stopping by!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Lori @ Nitty Gritty Pretty said...

That nail head trim is beautiful. Where do you buy it?

 
At July 20, 2010 at 3:07 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

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At July 20, 2010 at 3:07 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

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At July 20, 2010 at 3:08 PM , Blogger - Brittany said...

Thanks for the wonderful comments. Lori, the nailhead trim was purchased for this project: http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2010/06/adding-nail-head-trim-give-me-some.html

(Purchased every third hole style trim. It cost $1.25 per yd. on Amazon.com) Hope that helps! Be sure to purchase trim and the actual nails (sold separately).

 
At July 20, 2010 at 3:54 PM , Anonymous Becky@OrganizingMadeFun said...

I LOVE freecycle! That was a super use of that foam...my problem is that I don't like storing stuff very long so I have to have a good reason to keep it! It looks really pretty now!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM , Blogger Rhiannon said...

looks fab! i love the fabric too

 
At July 20, 2010 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Love Love LOVING your redo (as always!!) That fabric is beautiful - and you did an awesome job!!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I love it!!!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Sandra {sawdust and paper scraps} said...

That is beautiful. I think everything looks better white and I love the fabric!

 
At July 20, 2010 at 8:11 PM , Blogger cushycottage said...

love your tutorial. the spring fabric is beautiful. i'm hunting for a bench too. hope i can score one soon.

 
At July 20, 2010 at 9:15 PM , Blogger gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

awww that is such a cute bench! You did a great job.

gail

 
At July 21, 2010 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Jami said...

I love it!!! You are super handy!!! and creative!
smiles!

 
At July 21, 2010 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said...

SO FUNNY--I was just taking a break from re-appolstering a little bench/foot stool--when I got your awesome messages that you posted on my blog--so I thought I would come over and take a look at your blog--only to see this post where you are doing the exact same thing that I am doing right now!! AND I am excited to be your 100th follower!!! Congratulations on 100!!

 
At July 21, 2010 at 5:22 PM , Blogger gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Brittany,

This is such a fabulous remake...just love it. Your fabric and nail heads, turned hoe hum into terrific. Congratulations on a great job...and thanks for your visit! I'll be back for sure.

 
At July 21, 2010 at 6:21 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/pretty-little-bench-redo/

If you would like a "featured by" button, let me know ;)

 
At July 21, 2010 at 9:33 PM , Blogger Robin said...

Love it! you need to share this in my weekly upcycled crafts party Upcycled Awesome. Here is the link: http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled6

 
At July 21, 2010 at 11:53 PM , Blogger Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

Hi! Stopping by from Domestically Speaking. The bench turned out so cute! I love curbside finds! I love the fabric you chose.

 
At July 22, 2010 at 12:13 AM , Blogger Cecily said...

So pretty... the bench looks beautiful. Great job!

 
At July 22, 2010 at 12:16 AM , Blogger Meg said...

It IS sweet! I love it. Great fabric choice! It reminds me of a B&B somewhere or something fun like that. ;)

 
At July 22, 2010 at 2:54 PM , Blogger Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I can't believe they were going to throw that away! You made it into something amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your steps, I'll be linking.

 
At July 22, 2010 at 8:40 PM , Blogger Alanamous said...

YEAH 105 Followers! Not that it's anything new, but I am SO proud of you!

 
At July 23, 2010 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Kim said...

I love the fabric and nailhead trim, nice job.

 
At July 23, 2010 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

That is just lovely! I love the creamy white and the fabric is gorgeous! I'm putting it in the PoPP Spotlight tomorrow.

 
At July 23, 2010 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Sanja said...

Puno posla, ali je zato rezultat fantastičan!!! Prelijepo urađeno :)))

 
At July 23, 2010 at 11:28 PM , Blogger Kindra said...

What a wonderful find!! I love all the details you added...plus the fabric is so pretty!

 
At July 24, 2010 at 8:25 AM , Blogger Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Congrats on your feature at POPP. This bench certainly deserves it. I love the last photo. It all looks so beautiful together.

 
At July 24, 2010 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

What a beautiful bench. I especially love the fabric.

 
At July 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM , Blogger Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the fabric too and it turned out so pretty!

I'm now a follower BTW!

Rondell

 
At July 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM , Blogger Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said...

WOOO HOOO I LOVE THIS!!! I love green and pink together!!!

 
At July 25, 2010 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Caitlin Campbell said...

Yes, this turned out so cute and I love the addition of the tray with soaps. Any guest would be lucky to be able to stay in that sweet room! Can't wait for your blog about the gate turned nightstand!

 
At July 25, 2010 at 4:37 PM , Blogger ★All Thingz Related★ said...

Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

 
At July 27, 2010 at 1:28 AM , Blogger Jenni said...

That is wonderful! I love the transformation you gave it, and where you put it! :) I also love your blog name...Now I am off to go follow your blog! :)

Have a great night!

 
At July 27, 2010 at 3:10 AM , Blogger Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Wow, this looks great!
Thank you for sharing!
Have a good evening!
Leticia
www.msbinglesvintagechristmas.com

 
At July 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM , Blogger JHill said...

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

 
At July 28, 2010 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Mandy [Mandy's Yellow Corner] said...

You are ridiculous! This is amazing! I'm gonna have to follow :]

 
At July 30, 2010 at 6:23 AM , Blogger gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Brittany,

Congratulations, your bench made this week's Top 5 Hits at Singing With Birds. Come check it out, grab a blog button and have a great weekend!

 
At September 19, 2010 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Liz said...

I love this project! I am going to do this to an old bench I got a garage Sale a few years back. GREAT! Thanks for sharing!!

 

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