I am so excited to show you this project…I can honestly say this was one of my FAVORITES EVER!! 🙂 I bought this bench last week at my local thrift store for $3.90. This was a rare find…the thrift store around here usually NEVER has interesting furniture…usually it’s plastic-y, beyond repair, and over-priced. So I was really excited when I found this bench in great structural condition – just completely ugly! Now, I have been drooling over all of these re-upholstered projects…and I have been so scared to try my own! I decided that since this bench was so cheap, and it was so simple to re-upholster (not like a crazy chair or anything)…I could try it! First step: primer!
Next step: spray paint the insideNext: painted the outside, legs, and undersideNow comes the fun part. Part of the reason I stayed away from re-upholstering…I had no staple gun! I assumed it was expensive…and we all know I couldn’t afford that. However, I got one at Wal*Mart for $8.88! What?! I had no idea! So exciting! But before I could use my new stapler…I had to remove allllll of those lovely staples already in there.Ugh. I have many cuts on my thumbs now… 🙁
Enter…the new stapler!I cut my beautiful black and white fabric to size, pulled the corners tight, and stapled them into place first. I then went around the borders and put the remaining fabric.I had to also cut around the hinges. Then I used a cute small polka-dotted fabric to cover that ugly “wood”I just love black and white…and I wanted to add a little more interest to the inside…so I measured and the mod-podged some b&w scrapbook paper on the inside…Yes! Now I just had to re-attach the hinges…and I took it outside for a modeling shoot!! 🙂
Just look at how sophisticated she is now! I do think this is a true “Cinderella Story”!! And the re-upholstering was so much easier on this project than I thought it would be!!
Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.