Upcycled Bench- Yes Please!

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Before (truly! 😉 )

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After- Love this!!

So, first of all I very clearly need some technical help with formatting these blog posts (ay carumba)…and I consider myself pretty tech savy…give me Word or Excel and I can crank out a masterpiece.  Anyhoo….wait until you hear how easy peasy this was to make….

Ok, first of all- you guessed it- this was a thrift-store find…please…keep….in….mind….this was my first re-upholstery job.  That said- piece of cake :).  For this piece- the only prep was to go pick out the fabric…and paint.  I did have to purchase a staple gun…and I have to say- that thing rocks (I’m sooo excited that I finally found another piece today to re-upholster…it’s a chest covered in vinyl… that’s gonna be a bench (oh i have some plannnns)- stay tuned 😉 )  This little beauty was for my youngest daughter’s room which is all done in black and white with some red and pink accents.

Here’s what you do:

  1. take your piece apart- this will most likely require a screwdriver
  2. You may want more padding- you can purchase some padding or get creative if you’d like- I decided I didn’t need to add padding to my piece.  You can totally decide to skip this as well- totally (cause I said so)!
  3. go ahead and paint your legs (not yours, per se, your piece’s) and base- pretty much everything but the part you are gonna cover with fabric (lightly sand first???? if ya want)
  4. while that’s drying (if you chose spray paint- it’ll dry pretty quickly)…try your hand at re-upholstering the cushion part…do not fear- this is not hard…lay your fabric down upside down, lay your cushion down upside down on top of the fabric….now pretend like you are wrapping a present- fold over one side at a time- use your staple gun and pull tight as you staple across about an inch and a 1/2 from the ends…it’s REALLY hard to mess up- fold the corners so they look niceish and do one side at a time- it doesn’t matter too much what the back looks like (i promise)- that’s it!!!  If you want to, you can trim the parts hanging over the staples with scissors.
  5. paint your base/legs again (and again and again)…ya, probably not that many agains…i’m pretty sure I’ve only ever gotten to one again….two agains on occasion if I really mess up.
  6. Finish with a sealer (polyurethane spray works well for me)
  7. After it’s nice and dry (take it from me…wait until it’s dry- walk AWAY from your project….)…then put your piece back together again- ISN’T IT AMAZING…ya, you did that- show ALLL your friends-  😉

Thanks for stopping by,

Traci :)

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Thift-Shop Upcycled Lamp- Adorable!

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Before! (sort of lol- you can’t really tell because I got excited and didn’t take a true before picture- but the base was a brass color- icky!)

After!

This was another super duper simple project.  I started with a thrift shop lamp base (that worked- duh!) and shade- just look at the bones- don’t get caught up on colors or patterns….people, they don’t have to match- that is exactly the point!  And, please please please (I beg!!)- look for a good price ;)….I do most of my thrift shop hunting on 50% off day- why pay full price at a thrift shop (sheesh!).

I picked up a couple of cutesie things for the lampshade design (Michael’s)- and some burlap (Joanne’s).  I had the paint on hand….here are the supplies:

cutesie things!

cutesie things!

Paint (purchased at Home Depot)- Heirloom White i believe (I can fly!!??)

The rest was a piece of cake (not that the first part wasn’t…the shopping/designing in my head as I go part is allllways fun!)….

All ya gotta do is:

  1. Tape off the part of the lamp base you don’t want painted with painters tape (like the switch)
  2. spray paint (you may want to sand lightly first- I did not)
  3. second coat- usually a good idea- play by ear- how does it look after one coat?  not so good- ok, apply another (it’s a very *fine* science ;))
  4. third coat- ya, i never go there
  5. For the shade- now I’m not saying this is the best way to do this…this is just how I did it lol (and I probably would have taken more care if I was selling it- but it was just to adorn my daughter’s dresser- so nobody was going to be inspecting it tee hee)…take your fabric, lay it out and wrap the shade in it so you get a rough idea of where to cut.  Leave some play on the top and bottom- and cut your fabric down to size.
  6. Take your handy dandy hot glue gun (safety first- but I usually just expect to be burned- it goes better that way- and by burned- I mean, ow that hurt- not get out the burn ointment and bandaids…now, this is a low temp glue gun- just as a disclosure)…work your way around the top and bottom of the lampshade and glue down as you go, pulling the material tight along the way- it doesn’t have to be perfect- worst case just rip some off and reglue- you got this!
  7. use your cutesie accessories and accessorize- apply with hot glue gun
  8. wa la- you are finished- put the shade on the base- and take some pictures to post to your Facebook Wall- you are a do-it-your-selfer!!! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Traci 🙂

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adorable, ya?? 🙂