Happy Friday Friends!
Boy have we been busy over here! Since schools out for the summer so I am spending more time outdoors, on Lake Michigan, and away from screens. But sprinkle in some quick DIY’s here and there and it’s the perfect balance….well as perfectly balanced as a summer with kids gets.
Today I have a quick tutorial for you…because who doesn’t want one of those! Grab an iced coffee and come along with me.
I have probably re-covered and re-purposed a dozen benches and stools. Some already had fabric and filling and others I added foam and fabric to turn what was a table into a bench. So, when my little diy project went down this week I wanted to share with you my process!
Sometimes on Craigslist you just hit the jack pot. I had been searching and searching for an inexpensive vanity bench or stool for my foyer. My only criteria was a metal base and that it fit within my table’s parameters. Of course I also wanted to keep it budget friendly as brand new ones were in the $150-$200 range. So I had my eye set on this bench from Bed Bath and Beyond. It was a bit smaller than I wanted so I kept searching Craigslist for an alternative and then this beauty popped up.
After the first coat she looked like this:
While the second coat was drying I started assembling my new bench seat.
Now here’s the thing about fabric. I’ve recovered benches using curtains, apparel fabric, cotton, up to high quality linen. As long as you have enough fabric, you love it, and its durable who cares where it comes from! I haven’t recovered any bench or stool that required more than a yard of fabric but it’s best to measure before purchasing of course.
For this project I went with a cotton home decor fabric simply because I liked the pattern. It’s by Waverly (Work of Art Caviar) and I scored it for 50% off. It’s still on sale here!
I ironed the fabric and laid it out over the bench to get an idea of how the pattern was going to lay.
Once I was happy with the placement of the flowers I started cutting the excess fabric.
I left about a 6 inch border around the bench to accommodate for wrapping and stapling.
I flipped the fabric and bench over to start stapling.
I think of this as wrapping a present but instead of taping we are adding staples. I have also used spray adhesive in the past to ensure the fabric sticks to the bench but I didn’t this time as the results were still great.
I fold over the fabric and start stapling in this order:
Once I started folding the fabric over I realized I still had a bit too much so I cut off more excess (maybe another 2 inches around). You also want to make sure when you are folding the fabric and stapling that you don’t cover the holes where the screws attach.
Once you get to sides 3 and 4 then you need to make sure the corners are folded and tucked before stapling, much like the “wrapping a present” analogy.
Then you fold the bottom over the crease gently pulling taut and staple. You’ll do this for each corner. The key is to make sure you don’t have a bulk of excess fabric here so the corners don’t bunch. Best to start with too much fabric and then cut back as you need to.
After your corners are done it’s smooth sailing. Time to flip it over and admire your work!
I was all giddy to put this together again! I may have pet the fabric once or twice….
To reassemble just flip the bench seat over, place the base on top, and screw them back together. It literally took 30 seconds.
My heart exploded when I saw the finished product!
How chic is that?
The rest of the foyer isn’t ready for her debut, but I can tell you this was just the thing it needed to start tying the whole look together!
Here’s a few more glamour shots:
And the obligatory before/after: