Monday, August 22, 2011

handmade monday: furniture makeover

Once upon a time I went thrifting. My friend pointed out this bench and said "that has potential."
I agreed. The price was right at a mere $10. 

I'll take it. Mr. Bench/Ottoman, you're coming with me.

I had plenty to do that day, but I couldn't just let it sit there all southwestern and ugly in my house. I immediately took the screws out, got out the staple gun, raided my fabric stash for yellow hues and got to work.

It was such a simple project. I picked out my fabrics, cut out long rectangles (no, I didn't measure because that's how I roll) and sewed them together. After pressing them flat, I stretched it over the original upholstery and stapled away. I then put the screws back in and voila!

I love how it turned out, don't you?? I questioned whether or not I should paint it and decided no. I just love it's rustic charm and the wood is in great condition. It will be a great addition to my handmade market booth and home in the meantime!

Have you "upcycled" any furniture lately?



  1. it looks so much prettier now! well done you :)

  2. It is gorgeous!

    I wish I had the ability to upcycle furniture but I would honestly hurt myself in the process! lol.

    I'll just stick to making patchwork cushions. :D


  3. I love it!! The fabric is perfect. I found you at Sandy's!


    Art by Karena

  4. WOW-this is just divine! I wish I was crafty enough to upcycle, but I just don't think I've got it in me!

  5. oh my this could be something from anthropologie!! You did an amazing job.

  6. Love it!! And I love your blog! I stumbled upon it and am your newest follower!


  7. so cute! and i like the wood...good choice :)

  8. Great bench redo! What a difference a little fabric can make,

  9. I can now add video editing to the list of skills I never thought I'd need to be a furniture maker. I've created a high speed version (with title and captions!) of the lateral file cabinet assembly video.

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