I put it at the end of the bed for a couple of days to see if it was the right size. I decided that it would work perfectly. I originally wanted to paint it. I wiped it down with TSP so that I could paint it. After I wiped it down I thought it looked pretty good, but when I actually started to change it into a bench I was having second thoughts about the finish.
I had a lot of stain on hand, but decided to bring out the RestorAFinish instead. Mahogany wasn’t the perfect match, but it would do. You know I’m all about using what you have.
I had a piece of scrap mdf. I cut it to the proper size and drilled holes in it so I could do some button tufting. I used a small drill bit, probably too small. If I were to do it again I would use a larger bit.
This is where my project got delayed. I had a piece of foam that a friend had given me last year. I thought it was too dirty, so I got the bright idea to hose it down. It was drenched! I hung it on the fence for an entire day while the sun was brightly shining and the temperature was about 95 degrees. It did not dry at all. That night I took it for a spin in the dryer (two cycles). The next morning I let ‘er rip for another 90 minute cycle in the dryer. I cut the foam to size I actually needed for the top of the bench, and continued to let it dry in the sun for another whole day. The next day I put it outside in the sun, but this time on the black top driveway. That night I put it in front of a fan in the living room and I left it there for 36 hours. Finally I felt like it was dry enough to continue.
I covered the top with the foam and some batting, using a drop cloth for the upholstery fabric. You can see how tiny my holes were for the button tufting.
I covered the buttons with the sheet fabric that coordinates with the rest of the accessories. If you’ve never done the button kits, they really aren’t that hard. I do think they were a little on the pricey side, (a little under $3.00 a package) but I had already decided that I wanted the buttons to match the other accessories.
Coffee Table into Bench
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