Thursday, July 11, 2013

Upholstered, Antique Bench

Hi friends! I am so excited to share with you all this project I did for an awesome customer of mine recently.
She had this antique bench that had been her mothers and she wanted me to give it a fresh and modern update. The lines and gorgeous carvings and legs were already amazing, but it was in need of new fabric and a couple of minor repairs.

So, here is the before, from when she dropped it off. Please note that I worked on this almost entirely in the evenings so the photography is less than to be desired and Figgy was straight up obsessed with this bench!
And, another before after I got two layers of fabric off and I revealed the original upholstery...
I started off by removing all of the fabric and the carved wood pieces. I then painted, distressed and waxed the legs and side pieces. Next, I removed one of the broken pieces of jute webbing and replaced it with a new strip to add extra support.
I then covered the top in several layers of batting and snugly secured it so I would get a smooth finish when I upholstered it.
The next step was to cover the underneath portion with fabric. This was necessary to make it look more finished, but also for a more practical reason of keeping all the hay stuffing intact. I ended up using drapery lining because I liked the feel, color and look of it.
Once all of this prep work was complete and everything was neat and tightly secured, I began upholstering the piece with the fabric we chose, which also happened to be what my dining room chairs are upholstered in.
Since the legs were not removable, I just cut the fabric as needed, folded and stapled it as close as I could to the legs. When I was done I trimmed any excess off.
The last step simply consisted of hot gluing some trim around the legs and adding in the decorative pieces.
Here are some more pictures of it in my living room. My poor children actually thought this was ours to keep and they loved it! I think I need to be on the hunt for something like this!
You know when there is a project that you do and it just gets done and is not really a big deal? Not so, with this one. It was challenging and was filled with sentimental value which made me want to work my absolute hardest on it. Such a great feeling when my customer saw the pictures and then was able to see it in person!
Enjoy your day...I think we are getting more rain!


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  1. Turned out great! I love your little helper :)

  2. Beautiful job! Love the new look!
    Mary Alice

  3. Love this!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  4. This turned out great and I love the new fabric!! The curves and legs on this bench are so pretty. Figgy looked cute sitting on the bench. I have two pups so I know they get curious with items brought around.


  5. What a beautiful transformation. And it's too cute to see that Figgy loved it too. Happy Weekend.

  6. Beautiful transformation! What a difference and great fabric choice! Thanks for linking up to the Inspiration Gallery this week!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

  7. Great before and after! I love the fabric choice too. I am sure working around the legs was not fun, but you made it work with the trim detail.

  8. Saw your bench on the DIY Showoff - What a transformation. I just love the lines of the bench such nice detail. Love your fabric choice and your helper!

  9. Hey, I just saw your DIY upholstered bench at HomeTalk. I must say you are one crafty girl! And with quite the talent with the camera. Love your pictures, especially the ones where your little furry friend tries to help.

    I adore the colour scheme you'e chosen. Cheerful, yet subtle and elegant. All I am worried about is the cleaning of the upholstery, especially with a pet in the house. How would you keep it clean?

  10. We used to have a white slipcovered sofa and that was super easy--just take it off and wash it. I haven't had a prob. w/ the kids or cat w/ out light colored furniture. I just try to spot clean whenever I see something. But, because of health reasons my cat is strictly indoors. An inside/outside pet is another story. But seriously, if you want light go w/ white slipcovered furniture. SO easy!


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