First Attempt

This bench was my first attempt at covering something with fabric. It was easier than I thought it would be and a tad harder in a way, too! Make sense?

My husband got this bench for me on our 3rd anniversary - it used to have a sleigh bench on top. But the top was cheaply made and didn't last long. It was hollow inside, too! However, this iron bottom has been lugged around with us everwhere for the past six years to four different houses and two moves, from WA to AZ and back to WA. I love it's scrolly design, and it's so sturdy.

I used to just set a piece of plywood (sized to fit) over the top and use it as an outside bench, end table, etc. I figured it was about time to do something with it! I couldn't make up my mind if I just wanted to have a piece of glass cut to fit for a coffee table or keep using it as a bench. I think that's what took me so long to do anything - my indecisiveness.

I found a pretty cottage-looking piece of fabric at Joann's, two thick cushions, some batting, and a new upholstery stapler. It went together really well except I couldn't get the ends to look quite right. I'll have to practice some more by redoing my dining room chairs. It really is an inexpensive way to change something!

I love how it turned out and we use it now as our piano bench (for the FREE piano we found on Craigslist). Gotta love that!!

A question for you: Is it just me or does blogger's spell check not work??

Only two more days till Valentine's Day and my six year old turns seven! Then I'll have two seven year old's for a week till the other one turns eight! Their father's birthday is in between there. So we have lots of February birthdays to celebrate!

Happy Tuesday!!


D'Rae said...

I am having the same problems with blogger. I wonder what's up.

By the way, that bench is just darling!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Hi, glad to answer your question about pinkeeps, just tie your fabric around the stuffing with a rubber band and glue really fast! lol The bench turned out perfect!

jilly said...

I have reupholstered three sets of dining room chairs and a bench now myself (well a little help from a boyfriend). I have a channel back chair that I love that I already have the material for that I would love to do myself, but I have no idea how.

Your bench material is SO cute and you did a fabulous job!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

I love the bench! the fabric is so cute!

Thirkellgirl said...

It's not just you - spell-check doesn't work for me, either. And half the jpgs I try to upload are rejected, too.
I think your bench is beautiful!

Debbie said...

Just found your blog. Really nice! Blogger says spell check does not work. They seem to be having lots of tec problems right now.
your bench looks great!

Kathleen Grace said...

Love your bench and no. spel chek dusnt werk:>)