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….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….

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”!!

BUT NOW!!!!!
it is a gorgeous piece!

Gather all of your supplies:
You will need:
1. Picnic Bench or long bench or even a short bench!
2 .fabric
3. scissors
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

7. foam
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,
 2. batting next and then lay the 
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.

Project Breakdown:
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!



  1. I have just fallen in love with grey, myself! Where had it been all my life??!! The blending of the patterns you use is wonderful and the beauty of grey is that you can pop it without any color! Great tip on setting the nail heads and what a fun project!

  2. Duhhhh…. that was supposed to say “you can pop it WITH any color”! Yup.. I guess I’m still haven’t quite woken up yet! LOL

  3. Fabulous makeover! Ironically, I just found your blog via a pin which led me to this post because I have a couple of yards of this fabric hanging about and not sure what I want to do with it 🙂 What a gorgeous project but I have to say, I am LOVING your home – it’s so quirky and cool and fun!! That chevron sofa has practically given me heart failure I love it!! I’ve added you to my reader, thanks for the inspiration! xxx

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