Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Headboard Bench Gets a Makeover

Months ago, I bought a bench at a yardsale.  It was obviously made from a headboard.  The lady who sold it to me said it was an incomplete project that she got tired of looking at.  She just wanted it gone.  I was happy to help her out. 

Thanks to her unfinished project, 
I now have a wonderful bench in my coat room, 
but it was a long time coming.

It sat at our house waiting for attention for ages.  I began to wonder if one day, I too, would just want it gone.  It was already partially painted.  It was as if someone had been putting on the first coat and was interrupted and then never got back to it.  Or maybe they were going to do some sort of two toned finish.  I don't know.

I got started on it last week.  Knowing I would be distressing it, I didn't even prime it.  I wish I had read Barb Blair's great article (Design Sponge) on subtle crackle finish last week.  I would have used a bit of crackle here and there.  I also would have made my first coat of paint something other than black.

I bought some one inch thick foam and put four pieces of it together to form a cushion.  I would have preferred to have one nice four inch thick piece, but Hobby Lobby didn't have it and I didn't have the patience to wait.  As the Nester says, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."  I find myself using that quote often these days.  It's a wonderful phrase to help you feel better about not being a perfectionist.  

I made "underwear" for the cushion - a cover for the foam to go under the real slipcover.  I made it from a painter's dropcloth.  I love dropcloth slipcovers for the real slipcover, but in this case, I had something else in mind. I haven't had time to make the real slipcover, so this project isn't officially finished.  I plan to pipe the real slipcover and make it look a little bit snazzy.  

With Thanksgiving cooking to do, I didn't have time to finish.  The bench cushion would have to settle for underwear for a few days.  But then, all my furry friends came to investigate. Ugh oh. I decided to give it a temporary cover out of a fabric similar in color to the one I'll be making. I just wrapped a few yards of fabric around the cushion and tucked it here and there.  Why bother?  Because, I swear, if I didn't , one of the kitties would barf on the dropcloth cover and it was incredibly hard to pull over the foam.  I hope not to have to wash the "bench underwear" very often. So... better safe than sorry.

I had fun playing with pillows. I don't think I have the right look yet. All of these pillows came from yard sales, and I love them, but I believe I need some a little smaller.  I recently found some pillows at a yard sale that would have been great on this bench.  I put them in my booth and they sold.  Dang!  (or , if you speak French, ^%$#@!)  

Once I finish the real slipcover, I'll feature it in another post.  Meanwhile, I'm happy with it.
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  1. That's a great looking bench. I thought it was finished in the first photo. I like that fabric on it.

  2. I love this bench..great shape and size too...I really have never seen one quite like it. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I am a new blogging friend!

  3. Please pardon the dust in my brain, I knew I had been here before, but was not sure if I was following, yep I am!

  4. I love benches and own two, one in my entry and one in my bedroom. You have a great idea to make the cushions. Thanks for sharing and Hmmmm...I don't know if I'm skilled enough with my machine to make a cover.

  5. What a great find! The work you did to it gives it even more character - great job!

  6. what a perfect find- a bench ready for a great makeover! you did a fabulous job in creating a warm and cozy seating area.

  7. Lucky you to find this treasure at a yard sale...great size!!!


  8. Good job on the bench. Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov!

  9. I would love to have a fabulous piece like this on my deck.....

    Take care,



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