Lazy Upholstering

A few years ago, I inherited this small bench from my parents and had big plans to make it over.

Reupholstered Bench 1

However, having a baby, making a cross country move and project procrastination led me to cram this little guy into storage and it was never seen again. A few weeks ago, while trying to come up with some seating options for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party, I resurrected him and decided it was finally his time to get a transformation.

After a little searching online, I found {this bench from West Elm} which was inspiration for the leg color and fabric. Since I already had some gray and white chevron fabric, I just needed some paint. My husband was sent out to buy some black semi-gloss paint and this is what he returned with.

Reupholstered Bench 3

Yup, that is black satin paint. But I decided to roll with it and got to work.

First, I removed the 4 screws that attached the seat cushion to the base.

Reupholstered Bench 2

Next, the entire base got a few coats of the black satin paint. (I sanded everything in between each coat to give it a super smooth finish and help the paint adhere.)

Reupholstered Bench 4

While the paint was drying, I started working on the “upholstery.” I just used quotes there because I didn’t really do anything special, besides cover the current seat cushion, tan pleather-y fabric and all, with my chevron stuff. Is that technically upholstering it? Or just covering up something ugly? I don’t know and I was just too lazy to do anything more complex, hence the title of this post.

Using a manual staple gun, I secured the fabric to the underside of the bench seat. ({This tutorial on upholstering benches} was what I followed to figure out how to attach my fabric and attempt to make the corners look presentable.)

Reupholstered Bench 5

Then I placed the seat cushion back on top of the base and screwed it all together. Done and done. Not too shabby, right?

Reupholstered Bench 6

My favorite part of this project was that it was so easy to work on and finish. Plus, besides just being a bench, it is also a great place for unicorns and whale sharks to frolic. Or so I hear. Oh yeah, pants are optional too.

Reupholstered Bench 7

(Did you see the chevron and unicorn sneak peek photo we posted on Instagram and Facebook earlier today? If not, you can follow on Instagram {erinejd} or {click here} to find us on Facebook.)

3 thoughts on “Lazy Upholstering

    1. Erin Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Ashley. We would love for you to come back and share your refinished coffee table when you are done!

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