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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