Hi friends! How’s your week going? We had soccer practice #2 for the boys last night and it did not go very well. For some reason their attention spans were like .02 seconds and they quickly wanted to do other things – play on the playground, play with nana’s phone, eat a snack, sit on the blanket… (Sigh.) We’ll try to practice with them at home so they’ll have some idea of what to do during their first game on Saturday- wish us luck!
Today I’m sharing a fabulous bench makeover with you which I originally posted at One Artsy Mama last month for my first contributor project. I hope you like it!
I bought this bench, covered in dust and spiderwebs, at a yard sale about a year ago. I knew I wanted to update the look but I just didn’t know how until a couple weeks ago.
I got excited and started dismantling it before I got a good “before” picture; here are two views and you can tell it was not a pretty sight with the fake leather top, yellow-orange wood, and the metal cowboy cutout panels.
First I unscrewed the seat and set it aside to reupholster later. Then I removed the cowboy panels (I saved them though, because part of me thinks I can do something cool with them later).
I didn’t want huge open spaces on the sides (for visual interest and for sturdiness) so I had to figure out what to put in there instead… then I remembered the huge collection of unused paint stirrers I had amassed from all the cans of paint I had ever bought – perfect!
I had just enough to fill both spaces; 7 stirrers each. I tapped one little nail into each end and kept the little grooves at the bottom. Here’s a peek from the other side:
When both ends were finished, I took it outside for some spray painting. Here’s where things didn’t go exactly as planned…
When I bought my seat fabric at the craft store, I wanted to save time so I bought some generic black spray paint there instead of driving to the hardware store. Big mistake. The spray was uneven, the black was more like gray, and I used the entire can and didn’t even spray the whole bench. It actually looked like something that had been in a house fire.
This time went much better and I got a very smooth, black finish. (So did some of my grass!) Then I protected it with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray.
Next up was the seat. I bought some French burlap from Joann’s with a postal theme. I love anything French (and burlap) so it was a win-win for me!
I used my little staple gun from Hobby Lobby to reupholster the seat, making sure to fold the edges to prevent unraveling.
Then I screwed the seat back onto the bench and I could’ve really been finished at that point… but it needed just a little bit more. One decorating item that I love (and use whenever I have the chance) is upholstery tacks. So I hammered a bunch around the bottom of the seat and I think it looks faaaaabulous now.
What do you think – do you miss the cowboys? 😉
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