I have been trying to stay true to my New Year’s goal of treating my blog as a job. All in all I have been doing well at starting and completing projects, writing posts, and updating my facebook page and other social media. At first I felt a bit shy to share my projects with the outside world, but I have found great support and encouragement in this new endevor. Thank you all for being such great cheerleaders.
So on to the next porject… an ugly duckling turned into a beautiful swan….a darling bench makeover. Sometimes when I start a project I get excited and forget to take a before picture This happens to be one of those times, but I do have plenty of pictures of the process
Imagine a needlepoint cherry stained bench.. I found one on treasure hunt a while back. I could tell it had good bones. All it needed was a makeover and a chance to be updated. I removed the seat and sanded the base before painting.
The color I chose for this project was one of Miss Mustard’s Seed’ new European Colors named Marzipan . This warm beigey- white I thought would go well with the coffee bean sack I was using to cover the seat. A quick couple of coats with drying time in between really gave this bench a fresh look and terrific makeover.
To recover the seat, I chose a coffee bean sack I picked up at a local grocery store when they were on sale. Because this seat was padded well already, I just cut the sack to size, flipped it over and began stapling I just love the graphics on this particular bag.
I attached the seat back onto the bench, distressed it a bit and finished it off with clear wax. Finished! The tired, needlepoint bench has a fresh make over. A new piece to add for home decor. I love what a little paint can do!
Have you freshened up anything lately ?
jessica saysMay 1, 2015 at 2:30 pm
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! See you definitely have an eye for turning the ugly junk into beautiful pieces!!
pinned and shared 🙂
jessica saysMay 1, 2015 at 2:33 pm
where are your follow buttons!! I was tweeting this and i wanted to tag you. @jessbureslrs is my twitter. add me so i can tag you in the post 🙂
thriftytonifty saysMay 1, 2015 at 7:44 pm
Thanks Jessica. I was pleased with the bench too
Janice Wald saysMarch 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Wow! You make your own benches? You are lucky you are so domestic! Thank you for coming to the Inspire Me Monday Linky Party on Monday. I’m Janice, one of your hostesses.
thriftytonifty saysMarch 29, 2015 at 9:40 pm
I’m very far from domestic. Just love to paint. Thanks for taking a look and sharing on the link up
Amy | Canary Street Crafts saysMarch 25, 2015 at 7:50 pm
Fantastic makeover! I forget to take before pictures all the time too! I really love the coffee bean sack!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 26, 2015 at 2:54 pm
Thanks for taking a look, Amy!
Shirley Wood saysMarch 24, 2015 at 7:44 am
Love the coffee bean sack. Huge difference in the before and after. Great project!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 24, 2015 at 7:20 pm
Thanks for commenting, Shirley I surprise myself sometimes on how things turn out ☺️
Alli saysMarch 24, 2015 at 6:47 am
I love how you used a coffee bean sack. It’s so vintage and stylish! The bench IS darling! Great job!!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Thanks. It was never a plan to use the sack it just all came together Love when that happens!
Kristen from The Road to Domestication saysMarch 23, 2015 at 9:22 pm
Ooo, that came out so fabulous! Lovely and vintage and shabby chic-like! Love it!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 24, 2015 at 7:16 pm
Thanks Kristin, I was happy with the transformation too
Sarah J saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:37 pm
Popping over from Inspire Me Monday =) What a great little update! My mom got into finding old chairs and updating them. But then we has a basement full of chairs and no where to put them. =) Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm
Thanks for taking a look Will link up tomorrow too
Chris Ducommun saysMarch 23, 2015 at 12:46 pm
maty, you’re so clever and brave. Love the step-by-step pictures. Well done, artist!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:12 pm
Your always a cheerleader!! Thank
Meaghan | Cook. Craft. Love. saysMarch 23, 2015 at 12:45 pm
I tried to make a slipcover for our ottoman that resulted in an epic failure so I’m always so impressed by people who can do this! I love how it turned out!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm
This was my first attempt. Lots of pulling!! Lol
Kristen saysMarch 23, 2015 at 12:24 pm
Wow this bench transformation is amazing! I love the fabric on the updated version. Great job! Visiting from Inspire Me Mondays
thriftytonifty saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:07 pm
Thanks Kristen for taking a look I was pleased with its outcome also
Anna @ NorthernHomestead saysMarch 23, 2015 at 11:59 am
What a great project! The coffee bean sack sure adds character to the bench. Well done!
thriftytonifty saysMarch 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm
Thanks. It wasn’t planned that way. I actually forgot about the sack until I dug out the bench. I guess they were suppose to go together..