BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
….this is a post I did in the winter….a couple hundred followers ago….
it has been a big hit on Tip Junkie and Pinterest….
PICNIC BENCH MAKEOVER!
PERFECT SUMMER project with all the yard sales out there, and picnics a-happening, there are bound to be a few benches banging around…just waiting to be prettied up!!!
Recycle the Old and Bring on the NEW!!!
This has been perhaps one of my MOST rewarding makeovers- EVER!!!
Rewarding because I took a piece of furniture that was truly a nothing piece…just a bench…
yes it was cute-ish, I had painted it high gloss yellow after I bought it for a song at a used furniture store in D.C. .
It has been at the foot of our bed, all but forgotten and certainly not high on the list of “MUST-DO’s”!!
You will need:
1. Picnic Bench or long bench or even a short bench!
4. soft cotton batting
5. staple gun and staples (1/4″) I highly recommend investing in an electric one
6. measuring tape or yardstick and a pencil
This foam was part of a sofa a cushion that I no longer use.
I cut and pieced it together. Reduce – Reuse- recycle!!!
8. nail head tacks – this foot bench took 9 packages of 25 tacks/pack.
9. sheet or drop cloth for floor
10. Dog sleeping on the sofa to keep you company …
Lay down your drop cloth .
On the drop cloth (This will help catch random staples and tacks and keep the fabric clean as well) LAY DOWN in this order –
1.fabric (cut to size) face down,
3. foam and then the
4. bench top down upon the foam.
As far as cutting the fabric – my bench is 10″ wide and 50″ long so.
I cut my fabric 20″ wide and 70″ long this gave me height for the foam, and leftover the wrap below.
I began stapling by alternating side to side, to make sure the fabric pulled evenly. I discovered that if I kneeled on the bench it would depress the foam, eliminating the need for me to PULL the fabric so hard. I finished the bench this way and it gave me a nice tight pull of the fabric. I got a few lumps, but oh well.
when I got to the end, I wanted to cover up the area where I had lots of stapling…I took a piece of the batting and glued it on top.
I took the fabric and folded it over and stapled it down underneath.
View of the bench, PRE NAILHEAD TRIM…I love the gray and yellow!!!!
I drew a line across the bottom edge of the sides, and followed that line with the nailhead trim. I discovered that if I used my needle nose pliers, that I could move faster and I avoided
hitting my fingers with the hammer.
I purchased a magnetized tack hammer for this project
($6.50@ Lowes ) and I am IN LOVE with the difference it makes!
Because I pieced together two pieces of foam, I ended up with a teeny lump, but hey, this is going in MY bedroom, and NO ONE will notice it…In fact…my husband may not even notice that I upholstered it to begin with!!!!
My Son Cooper was a HUGE help, I held the tacks with my pliers and he did the tapping!
It made a difference following the pencil line, I have done it without…
and I would not recommend it.
The final result..!
I love how it looks, especially, when placed at the foot of my/our bed!!! I am so excited about how great it all looks together.
Cost: Fabric, Batting, Staple Gun, pliers, foam, bench, – recycled – I had all of these supplies.
Tacks – $12.00 ($1.30/pack)
Magnetized tack Hammer – $6.50
I bought the fabric over a year ago, with something else in mind
that never materialized (HAH…no pun intended!!!).
The batting I had leftover from an upholstery project a few years ago.
I bought the nail head trim yesterday at Lowes for $1.30/pack and everything else I had.
Total time 2 hours, and it probably could have taken less time… had I not had to take breaks to pick up kids from school, teach a drama class, drive to my daughter’s Track Practice, take my son to a hair cut appointment, make dinner (okay… so I ordered pizza!!!)…but I did get it all done in one day!
It is most assuredly a great weekend project!
Take a look around… do you have any benches that might be improved with upholstery?
I am already looking for my next project.
Have a Great Week!