22 August 2009

Little bench

Remember my shabby chic desk? We've now replaced the boys' computer on it. Unfortunately, there was only one chair at it and they like to sit together. They kept pinching one of my chairs so I had to make a plan.

I bought this little side table off eBay for £2.99 (local collection):

I thought I'd upholster the top to make a padded seat but when I went to remove it only the middle bit came out:

No problem, I simply adjusted how I did it. First I primed the bench then painted it with four coats of antique white emulsion, then scuffed it a little.

I bought some one-inch-thick foam and cut it to fit on the removed plank and glued it on. I made a slipcover (kind of like a fitted sheet with drawstring) out of some beautiful bluey-green taffeta fabric. The pictures really don't do it justice, it shimmers in the light and changes from blue to green. Anyway, here's how it looks now:

And yes, my two boys' skinny little butts both fit on the bench at the same time. And yes, the cables annoy the heck out of me and I will be dealing with them.

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  1. Love it, so glad I was there to see it happening and to keep you sane. Mwah dahlink!

  2. What a great idea. Unfortunately I think my two would fight too much to ever share a seat :) But I love what you've done!

  3. That looks so GREAT. I have tried upholstering several things, but it never turns out this great. I think it's cause I never use foam, only batting. I'm definitely using foam next time.

  4. They look like they were made for each other. I refinished a bench recently too. I love the color of the cushion!

  5. It looks wonderful - I loved that you could make the cushion work.

  6. I love it! Could you tell me what brand/type/and color stain you used for the top of the desk?
    The color is gorgeous :)

  7. Thanks, guys.
    bearcatfan1, the product is shown in this post:

  8. Hello Jen - no way! I can't believe that's the same bench. You hit this transformation over the park! I LOVE the blue fabric you used. So fab.


  9. Love this bench, and I love how it looks with the desk! And the pop of color is so nice.

  10. I have a little table I'm about to convert, and I've been looking at a ton of these for inspiration...I LOVE your finished product, and the splash of color is perfect for this.


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