I had to laugh when I read Abby’s awesome confession over at Just a Girl and Her Blog. Her dining room set has three chairs, but she has a family of four. So one of her sons “has always sat on an uncomfortable folding chair” at meal times. Ah . . . the joys of working with what you have! When her sister offered up an old bench, Abby knew it was time “to make my little guy a cushy bench to sit on instead!”
Abby had never tried tufting before. “This piece was so small, though, that I figured it would be a great piece to start on.” After painting the bottom of the bench white, she used a pegboard (genius!) to map out perfectly placed tufting spots. She used spray adhesive to attach a 2″ layer of poly foam over the pegboard (why hello, cushion!). She covered her buttons with fabric and then got to tufting! When she was finished, Abby used bolts in pre-drilled holes to attach the finished pegboard to the top of the bench. It turned out so well, her boys now fight over who gets to sit on it!
See the complete instructions at Just a Girl and Her Blog.
“My family is finally getting past the shame and embarrassment phase of me grabbing things from the trash,” laughs Mindi at My Love 2 Create. “In fact, this bench was picked up by my oldest son–I didn’t even have to get out of the car!”
The piano bench they hauled home was sturdy and useable, but had some veneer issues. It took some elbow grease, but Mindi was able to remove all of the veneer. The wood underneath was in good shape, so Mindi painted the legs, stained the top, and added stained boards to the bottom of the bench to create a shelf. She added a few stripes and a vintage French graphic stencil to the bench, in the style of French grain sacks. Lovely!
Get all the details on this pretty piano bench makeover by visiting My Love 2 Create.
Kristin blogs at Yellow Bliss Road. When she saw this piano bench on its way to the curb, she couldn’t stand to let it go! Kristin knew it had potential.
After about nine months, Kristin decided on the perfect way to re-fab her piano bench. She went to work with a sanding block and primer, then painted the bench a pretty aqua blue. What a beautiful addition to Kristin’s porch!
If you want to find out the name of that gorgeous aqua blue paint, stop by Yellow Bliss Road to get more details from Kristin.
Sara from Thrifty Treasures had a piano bench that had seen better days. She also had a sample can of paint in a bright coral color that she was interested in using. Since Sara usually gravitates towards softer colors, she wanted to try that bright coral on something small, first. The old piano bench was a perfect opportunity.
The coat of coral pink was just the pick-me-up color that this bench needed. Sara took it a step further and added a touch of glam with a shiny, gold Morrocan-inspired stencil. Completed, the once dowdy bench is now an exotic glamour girl!
You can read more about this makeover at Thrifty Treasures.
Kate from Lace & Grace had been in search of an ottoman to accompany her new wingback chair. Kate’s search finally ended when she found an old (and unattractive) piano bench at Goodwill for only five dollars.
Kate painted the base a bright, crisp white and reupholstered the top with a neutral plaid fabric she picked up for only $0.88 at Goodwill. Because it was once a piano bench, the ottoman has a handy dandy little compartment underneath the top that’s great for storing remotes and such. Now Kate has the perfect place to sit and kick up her feet after a long day!
Head on over to Lace & Grace for the tutorial.