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Repurposed Bench

This project had me really proud of myself!  I bought a small bench for $5 at a yard sale the other weekend. It wasn't much to look at, but I was already picturing what it could become.
I have an armoire in our master bedroom that I use for scrapbooking, and I need a place to sit while working. This will work!
I just installed a headboard above our bed, so I used the same color paint from that project to redo the legs. I wanted fabric to color coordinate with our bedding, and I was picturing something either striped or plaid. The perfect fabric was waiting for me at Hobby Lobby.  I took a pillow sham and the paint chip with me to make sure it matched. I also asked the opinion of two other shoppers just to make sure!

The top of the bench was easy to detach, only needing to be unscrewed from the base. I sanded the base, applied primer and the colored paint, and moved on to the top.

I measured out the fabric, leaving about 2 inches around each side to wrap over the edges.

Then came the fun with my hubby's staple gun! This was the first time I had used it, and it was really easy. Since I was working with stripes, I made sure they were running straight across the top as I stapled the bottom. (I later realized that I probably should have centered the stripes as well.) I started with one short side, then moved to the opposite side, pulling the fabric tight as I attached the fabric to the bottom of the board.

I used hospital corners as I attached the long sides, continuously checking to make sure my stripes were staying straight and the fabric tight.

I reattached the newly painted base to the reupholstered top, and it was perfect!



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11 comments:

  1. Erin-what a beautiful job and great idea ! You go girl ! :-) love and hugs AT

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  2. Great job! I love the color.
    Visiting from DebbieDoo's Linky Party.

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  3. My kind of fun project here. Love the color. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  4. You've inspired me.

    I have a piano bench I got at a yard sale and I'm gonna copy cat that color you used..

    love it~!

    found you at DebbieDoos newbie party.
    your newest follower
    Sonny

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  5. I love easy and quick projects with great style, this is one of them, I love the turn out and colors.

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  6. Erin, What a cute little bench! You did a super job! Love your choice of color and fabric. Visiting you from Debbiedoo's, so happy to be now following. :-)
    Sharla

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  7. You did a great job transforming that bench! I love the colors you used! :)

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  8. Also visiting from Debbie Do's Link Party!

    Great job on your little bench. I recently redid a $6.99 bench as well in ASCP paint and a $2.50 piece of fabric from the resale shop. These little stools have such nice turned legs!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  9. Hi! I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's Newbie Link Party. I love your bench re-do! It is pure awesomeness.

    Carolyn
    {my simple messterpiece}

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  10. This is a cute bench. You did a great job. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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