Posts Tagged ‘bench’


make me pretty – am i a table or a bench?

April 9, 2014

I found this table/bench in the alley and decided to paint it a fun color. I had been wanting to try the Annie Sloan red which I had heard was a really good red. I have found it really hard to find the perfect red. It’s either too orange or two pink but this one was just right.

Now tell me, is this piece of furniture a table or a bench? I made a pillow for it thinking it would be a great bench with a little table spot on each side but it just didn’t look right.








make me pretty – the cubes

June 20, 2013

When one of my neighbors was getting ready to move she gave me these two white cube shaped end tables (Sorry I somehow lost the before picture). I knew I would do something with them but I wasn’t sure what. Every time I looked at them I saw those sharp pointy edges and couldn’t imagine having them in a house with kids. Then one day I was sitting on the front porch when I figured it out. I would use the cubes as bases to build an outdoor bench. Yeah!

So Jasper helped me paint the cubes green and we measured how much wood we would need to make the bench top. I ended up getting a bunch of 1 X 3’s because I didn’t want to have to cut anything. I sanded them, stained them and screwed them on to my cubes. I also added one board across the underneath the middle of the bench to add support. Then I covered the whole bench with an outdoor polyurethane.





This bench has been a great addition to our front porch. We have already entertained friends on it and when the weather is nice we are out on the porch more than we are in the living room!


make me pretty – mid century modern bench

November 4, 2011

This bench was a super steal at Fantastik thrift. It probably had something to do with the wild bird velvet fabric but this is one of those times where you have to use your imagination. The shape of the bench is super cute and it is incredibly sturdy – it just needs some new fabric and a little love!

So my first stop was my favorite fabric store, u-fab, where I fell in love with this graphic flower fabric. I somehow managed to re-do this bench with only one yard but I was cutting it pretty close. I took the bench apart and used the old fabric cover as my pattern. The tricky part for me were the buttons. I have no idea how you are suppose to attach them but I covered the bench then used a crazy homemade contraption to pierce the fabric. I taped a piece of kitchen twine on the end of sharp wood kitchen skewer and it ended up working perfectly!

Here is the finished bench. Jasper said he really wants us to keep this one but I know it wouldn’t last a week in my house with the kids. So I hope I can find it a new happy home!


make me pretty – make your own upholstered bench

July 26, 2011

So my little man started crawling a couple weeks ago, two days later he started pulling up and two days after that he was cruising. When Jasper got mobile we put those foam edges all around the coffee table but there were still so many bonks! So this time around I decided to go a step further. I wanted to make an upholstered bench to replace the coffee table.

I happened upon two 75% off outdoor cushions at Target and snatched them up. At $8 a pop, taking them apart and using the foam would be way cheaper than buying foam at the fabric store!

Next, I went to Lowes and found a piece of MDF that was the right width and had them cut the end off so it would be the right length. Then I picked out some legs and the hardware to attach them.

Here are all my supplies – I also needed batting, fabric and a staple gun.


First I attached the leg brackets.


Then I screwed in the legs, painted them (you could also stain them) and put some rubber feet on so it wouldn’t slide on our wood floors.


Each of the cushions had 2 layers of foam – I decided to use three of them, then covered it with batting and then the fabric. If I didn’t have two little boys (and a husband) I probably would have sewn a more tailored cover for my bench, but let’s be realistic here. This fabric will probably last less than six months (I’ve actually already bought a back up yard of fabric to replace this one when it gets too dirty!)


I used my fancy new upholstery stapler to secure all of my layers and then trimmed the extra fabric.


This whole project cost less than $50 bucks and even better, it is going to save us hundreds of head bonks. Plus, it is so nice to prop our feet up on which is all we ever really did with our coffee table anyway!


And Emerson seems to be liking it too!