Hi everyone, it's Mindi from MyLove2Create again! I am excited to share a fun project today!
I have always wanted to try upholstery and this was my first attempt. I have looked at upholstery fabric in the stores and I am always shocked at the price, so I decided that I could do it the thrifty way.
I found this cute little bench at the Restore thought it was worth $5 so I picked it up...
I had also picked up this curtain one day at the Restore for $1 and decided they would be a perfect match. This curtain fabric is very thick and sturdy, kind of like canvas, but with more texture. Repurposed curtains are perfect for upholstery!
I started with unscrewing the bench top and removing the padding and wood. It was warped and cracked, you can see it on the left in the above photo. I cut a scrap piece of plywood the same size, on the right above.
I had some foam that I cut down to size and placed on the new seat board. You can see the old board and padding on the left.
For some reason I decided to use both the new and old padding. Not sure if that is how it is supposed to be done, but I was winging it so I went for it. It is really comfortable and soft, so I am happy I did. I flipped it upside down onto some batting...
And stapled the batting into the wood. Then I set it onto my curtain and cut my seat cover piece.
I wanted to try a fun design so I cut a diamond pattern with contact paper and put it on the curtain piece. I mixed some orange paint with a textile medium and...
Started painting! You can see I decided to add a little modern twist and make one triangle grey. I was amazed at how crisp the lines were!
While my fabric paint was drying, I painted two coats of the same grey paint onto the bottom of the bench. This photo was after one coat.
I centered the fabric and started stapling. I did all the straight edges and left the corners until the end. Then I trimmed them down and folded them over and secured with staples. It may not be perfect, but I was happy with my first attempt!
You can see each corner was a little different...it makes me appreciate a good upholstery job, I will have to keep practicing!
I did some distressing on the base of the bench and sealed it with a coat of poly. Once it dried I just had to drill some holes into the new wood seat and screw on the base.
I love it! Totally fun and fresh.
Some of my family think I should have done two grey diamonds, but some like it with one. I think it gives it a little spunk.
What do you think? How would you have done the diamonds?
I would love it if you came to check out my master closet makeover!! Below is a little peek of one of my favorite features...
Have a wonderful day!