To channel some of my nervous energy (a by-product of dealing with Connor’s anxiety) this last week I decided to tackle a project I’d long been ignoring. It was an easy project, completed start to finish in just one day. I decided to recover a bench I’d had for years! It was desperately out of place in my modern eclectic household.
So here’s how I turned this:
in just a few easy steps!
First, I detached the cushion from the frame:
Then I used a semi-gloss black spray paint to change the color of the frame. It required only one coat, though I had to apply it in two sessions so as to get all the nooks and crannies.
While that was drying I attacked the cushion, which (even if the pattern hadn’t been out of date) needed a new cover. Yikes!
My cushion was it two parts! This made it a bit harder to recover alone, as I had to hold the pieces together while pulling the fabric taut around it. In the end it worked out ok, it just made me wish for a few more limbs.
To recover the cushion I’d decided to use a paint spattered drop cloth, thinking it would give the bench an eclectic artsy look. To recover the cushion, you simply pull the fabric as taut as possible and staple!
I didn’t want to spend any time sewing the corners into neat lines, so I decided to fold the fabric ends like it was a giant present! (Please don’t tell Martha!)
After that, I simply screwed the cushion board back on to the frame. And voila I was done!
I’d added a few more paint splashes across the cushion, thinking it would make it more expressive and dynamic. To my dismay, it ended up looking like an amateur art school project. So I taped a chevron pattern on the cushion and painted the lines black. So voila! Now I’m done. I think…
The fiance likes the look of the paint spatter peeking through the lines. I’m undecided. The good news is that I can leave it as is for now and decide later. I can easily paint the in-between lines white or some other color to make the whole bench look a little more sophisticated.
What do you think? Change it or leave it as is?