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Are you all sitting down? Cause this bench transformation will blow….. your…. mind!
Recently, an Instagram friend, Alicia at Un.De.Once shared this trash to treasure project that is ah-mazing!
One day her son showed up one day and said, “Mom, I found this bench on the side of the road and I thought you could make it pretty”… he knows how much she love to transform items from not so great, to a favorite great piece.
A 1980’s reupholstered floral bench that was wobbling.
The first thing she did was remove the fabric and the legs. The cushion needed to be reupholstered so the fabric was removed but the cushion was reused……. not as two separate cushions as above but as one.
An inexpensive fabric was used to cover the bench cushion. She was going to create a slipcover for it so the fabric here wasn’t as important… (purchase what’s on sale). She used a staple gun all around the bench bottom edge, as you see here, to secure the fabric at the same time pulling to make the cushion feel tight.
The legs were sanded a bit for a rustic feel and painted with Annie Sloan, Old White, and then waxed them with clear wax (or use your favorite chalk paint like this). Distress as much or little as your preference.
After they have completely dried, they were attached then added to the bench (screw them in).
The next step was creating the slipcover using a canvas drop cloth (again online or your local home supply store).
The dropcloth was soaked in bleached water for a few days to soften the fabric. It was then washed a couple of times to remove the bleach and the smell. The fabric becomes more pliable for sewing if you do this.
Measure the bench to complete the slipcover.
She created the piping first and used the already finished edges of the slipcover as the skirt, this way you avoid unnecessary sewing.
A strip was added at the center of the slipcover to make it look like grain sack fabric. (We did a fabric piece like that here.)
She used the same Annie Sloan paint and wax as mention before.
And she loves the result…it added just the perfect charm to it.
Moral of the Story
Never pass a bad piece of furniture because of its current state…. Look and see what it can be.
To see more of Alicia’s beautiful home and projects, be sure to follow her on Instagram HERE.
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