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While doing errands last week I decided to stop into one of my favorite thrift stores. No sooner had I stepped into the furniture section of the store when I spy this bench calling my name. I did a quick scan…nice shape, sturdy, $25 not cheap, but not too pricey. I left it there, but could still here it calling my name in the distance, and checked out the rest of the furniture.
It was about this time that I get into a chat with a man also looking for furniture. He was looking for 2 end tables for his house in West Virginia. They couldn’t be too dark because the room is dark, but he did want them to match. This thrift store had 2 great tables that did match, but this guy didn’t want to do any painting and they were dark wood. OK, good luck with that. (I would have gotten the end tables, but that’s just me). I have my own problems.
Do I get the bench? The question I usually ask myself is… If I leave it here, will I be kicking myself when I get home wondering why I didn’t just buy it? I’ve done that more than once.
As you can tell by the picture, I bought it. And as for the other guy, he’s going to be kicking himself, because he didn’t buy the matching set of end tables.
The bench was actually in perfect condition. The foam had no bumps or dents which is super important when you’re doing any kind of upholstery since foam is rather expensive. The cover was rather dirty and there were a few scratches in the wood…
…and one end had sort of come unglued. The perfect condition for a makeover.
Just four screws held the cushion to the wood frame. Pulled the staples from the bottom holding the dust cover upholstery cloth in place. With no rips, it’s going back on.
Pulled out the rest of the staples from the fabric and what do you know..there was another layer of fabric underneath. The second layer of fabric was beautiful..not my style…but in fantastic shape. Because it was in such fantastic shape I just left it as it was. It’s doing a great job of holding all the batting and foam in place and some day when somebody else recovers this bench, they too will find the original fabric in fantastic shape.
Only needed 2/3 yard to cover the bench. The fabric is stapled on as if you’re covering a seat cushion…start from the middle and work your way to the corners pulling tight as you go.
Reused the dust cloth to hide all the seams and staples.
Needed two coats of white chalk paint to cover the dark wood.
One of the reasons I wanted to paint the bench white was to highlight the fluted legs. The legs and all the other edges were given a light sanding followed by a coat of clear wax.
Number 2 son was telling me that they needed a bench to keep their extra pillows off the floor and away from the dog fur. Not sure if I’m going to part with it, it looks kind of nice at the end of my bed.
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