Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reupholstered Benches

Moving forward to the next project for the master bedroom,
a pair of benches that sit at the foot of the bed.  I found these lovelies at Target. 
 They were fine as is, but it was fun to add some color and give them a unique look!
You can tell how long I have been sitting on this project by the color of the grass.
  I miss my pretty green grass!
Autumn from Design Dump picked out the fabric and the trim, and I purchased it online. 
 I would have never thought to put the two together, they look great together!
The ottomans that Autumn originally picked out were from Sears, I think you can still buy them online. 
They had more of a "box" look, so I definitely needed to add some more foam to my Target benches. 
To avoid wasting the original foam, I added layers of foam I had on hand. 
If I were to do it again, I would probably just use one thick piece of high-density foam. 
The look would have been much smoother, but hey, it was free!
When it came to upholstering, I wanted a clean look with sewn corners to create the "box" look.
 I flipped the fabric over, like you do when you make a slipcover, and pinned. 
Next, I used my quilting ruler to get the correct angle, and marked the fabric before sewing. 
I love the sewn look, and it was really easy!

 I finished it off with staples.  I have been using a power stapler with too thick of staples for years.  It was always a difficult chore to upholster, and I wasn't ready to take the step to an air powered stapler. I went to Home Depot and bought a semi-heavy duty stapler for 9.88.  The staples went in so easily!  Not bad for under 10.00. 
I finished off the ottomans by adding trim with a glue gun.
I am really pleased with how they turned out. This project gives me an itch to try some more upholstery. 
 It was so fun to take a piece of boring furniture and give it a little character!
Today I started the headboard! Yeah!
 It is a knock off of a headboard from Ballard Designs, and one of the more hefty projects left.
  I'll be back tomorrow with another project crossed of the list!


Lindsay said...

Oh wow, these little benches are SO adorable. You did a really great job updating them! I'm excited to hear about your headboard! You've got mad skills. :)

Tanya said...

Those turned out fabulous. I'm going to be on the lookout for a bench like that now :)

Sandie said...

Beautiful job. I am pinning this. I love the sewn corners too.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

LOVE your little benches! They look so much better. The fabric and trim are perfect, and I love the added thickness. That really made a difference!

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