Hmmm...Where do I start? I had this old bench that I really didn't love, but was useful (at my front door...as a catch all, for everyone in the family...Maybe I really don't need it) :0 Anyway after being inspired by all the wonderful benches I have seen here in "Blog Land'...(I must say I am dyeing to make one out of a old bed)! I decided to give mine a face lift!!!
This is what I started with, an out dated beat-up oak bench...
With a woven seat that I never really cared for!!
A friend had given me a foam pad, that he had used for camping but was tired of storing. (Yee-Haw...I knew there was a reason I took it)! I placed the seat down on the foam and traced around it. I then measure in 1" on 2 sides of it. A long side and a short side...does that make sense? This way the foam would be 1/2" smaller all the way around than the seat....I then cut it out....
I laid the seat and the foam on top of my burlap and cut it so there was enough fabric to cover the top, sides and be stapled to the bottom....I forgot to take pictures of this step but I think you can figure it out!! :)
The next step was to paint the bench. I first primed it with Zinsser Cover Stain primmer and then painted it this AWESOME color from Walmart's Glidden Brilliance Collection. It's called "Dusty Gold"...Sometimes it's hard to tell if it's gold or green....BUT I LIKE IT!
The bench now brightens up the hallway and the burlap matches beautifully with the rug!!
I don't think my pictures do it justice...It really is quit lovely!!
( I edited them on picnik to make them look more interesting but I'm not sure it helped).
The leaves I just pinned on so I can change it with the seasons...I admit the wall need more work...maybe some Halloween bats on it!??
Anyway that's it for now.
Take care and check out all those link parties on my side bar...I will be hooking up to many of them!