I teased you all with the bench refinishing process yesterday. You’ve waited long enough. Feast your eyes on a sanded, stained, sealed, upholstered bench that nearly required more labor than my kids.
The fabrics are from Joann, so nothing crazy or expensive. This way, when I change my mind, I won’t feel bad. Though, I did choose a neutral fabric for the seat so I could change the pillows out to go with a different color scheme.
I found the ceramic stool at Ross a few weeks ago for $30.99, marked down from $45, but originally $95. Score for a 68% discount.
The seat is a few inches taller than the cushions, because I used a 3/4 inch thick plywood and added another inch of foam. One long cushion makes the piece look more like an outdoor bench than a couch, in my opinion. And, the plywood base is much more sturdy than the sagging canvas.
Surprisingly, the trellis pattern wasn’t difficult to keep straight. Perhaps because it is a small-scale? Speaking of small-scale, I want to add another set of larger pillows to beef things up and add comfort. Maybe 18 inch square ones?
Overall, I think this was a great transformation. A little time-consuming, not too expensive, but I worth it. Last night, Ben finally admitted he said he thought the bench was ugly so he wouldn’t have to help with it. He thinks it looks cute now and said he saw the potential from the beginning.
Just after I finished upholstering the seat and setting it in place, I plopped down to enjoy it. Then, Vincent sat down with a bag of tortilla chips.
For a more dramatic before and after, how about a side by side?
Now, for a cost breakdown:
Sander and paper: Already owned
Stain: Left over from another project
Clear Protective Finish: $19.99 for a quart, with tons left over for another project
Cushions: Reused from original bench
Mattress Topper: $12.49
Fabric: $25.79, including two yards for the seat, two yards of vinyl, and one yard for pillows
Pillow forms: Living room forms displaced by new World Market pillows
Grand Total: $58.27
The process was fairly simple, but time-consuming. Nothing a patient DIYer couldn’t handle, though. What do you think of the change? Was it worth the time, effort and money?