Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bench Job and Burlap Love

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!! 

This is one of my favorite pillows, it sat on the bench before the re-do...I used it to help pick the color.

The wreath was made out of the same warm brown colored burlap....I cut it into strips 6" long by 1 1/2 inches wide and then tied them on to a wire frame...

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!


  1. Very clever... using burlap!
    This bench looks great. Love the color you used too, yellow so bright and cheery :]

  2. Me too - love the color. Will work for every season! Darling!

  3. LOVE the yellow...and wish I had your cane seat!! (lol)

    Deborah ♥♥ (visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com/...hope you might stop by and say hi!)

  4. I love everything about it down to the pillow and throw you chose to use!

  5. I love the color of the bench now. It's so warm and inviting.

  6. That bench transformation is so impressive! You breathed new life into it. I love the color you picked. It's so warm and inviting. I am a new follower from Women Who Do It All. Vicky from www.messforless.net

  7. wow. I would say that's a total redo- that seat which was probably hand-canned is really expensive and isn't something that is done anymore...so wrapping it in foam and fabric was a great way to preserve it! lol. Until one day you want to sell it and it's worth a ton! nice work!

  8. Oh, love the makeover! The burlap and yellow combo is great, the bench looks so welcoming and friendly. Great work! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

  9. I love it!! The yellow is so cheery and it looks perfect with the burlap! Love the blanket draped on it too!!

  10. Such a beautiful yellow & love anything burlap! Thanks for sharing it with us at the PoPP. I'm putting your bench in the Spotlight this weekend.

  11. So pretty--love all your touches for fall. thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  12. Denise, your bench turned out beautiful! What a great color. I'd love to add this to the paint color galleries on my site and include it in a blog feature. You wouldn't have to do a thing, just let me know if you're interested!

  13. Hi there!

    You've been featured on my Blog party today! Check it out at http://notsosimplehousewife.blogspot.com/2011/10/recreate-into-something-new-9.html

    Thanks for the great inspiration!
    Kaitlin-The Not So Simple Housewife

  14. I love your yellow bench! Thank you for sharing the entire transformation process. It was very inspiring!



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