You’ll remember that recently I mentioned how much I procrastinate when it comes to upholstered pieces. Apparently that’s even true of pieces that just require simple upholstery, like this one.
My friend/picker Sue found this bench quite some time ago. And actually, she was going to give this one a makeover herself. Her husband had already cut a sheet of plywood to make a new base for the seat. But for whatever reason, she gave up on it and offered it to me.
As you can tell by the ‘before’ photo, that was some time ago.
I painted it in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Farmhouse White way back last summer.
I was hoping to get a little chipping out of it, but I really didn’t. I did distress the edges though, and am very happy with the end result.
I top coated the paint with some clear wax, and then … well … I ignored it for the next 7 months.
I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to make it comfy enough to sit on without spending a fortune on upholstery foam (that stuff can be weirdly pricey). I kept thinking I’d run across some sort of over-sized cushion while out garage saling that I could re-purpose for this bench, but I never did.
But then I got inspired by a piece I saw on Instagram and decided I could just use a king-sized pillow. And while out shopping with Mr. Q one day, I found a cheap one at Target for just $10.
All I had to do was ask Sue to sew me a cover for it out of drop cloth fabric, and ta da!
Well, technically there were a few more steps in there. First of all, I covered the plywood base with some batting followed by drop cloth fabric. Then Sue sewed the drop cloth pillow cover. Once I had that back, I added a stencil to it using Dixie Belle paint in Gravel Road.
Then I stuffed the pillow in and tried it out. It was way too puffy. So I pulled it back out, ripped open a seam and removed about half of the pillow stuffing. That helped a lot.
It was about this point that I realized I didn’t like seeing the uncovered pillow inside the drop cloth cover. So I sent it back over to Sue’s house and she sewed a ticking stripe cover for it.
Ahhh, much better.
This bench is quite petite at 36″ tall x 40″ wide x 24″ deep, so it wouldn’t work well at a table. However, it would be adorable in a small foyer or maybe at the foot of a bed.
If you’re local and have the perfect spot for it, be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page to see if it’s still available.