Quick Bench Makeover

Happy New Year everyone!

This project was the perfect start to the year. It was pretty simple, quick to finish and a big transformation. This bench belongs to my mom. She has recently done a makeover on her kitchen, dining and living rooms (I will work on getting some shots of the whole space on here soon) and this bench was sticking out like a sore thumb. Here's the before.

Dated and faded, not good qualities for anything really!

Dated and faded, not good qualities for anything really!

This bench lives under the bay window in the kitchen/dining room and really doesn't see much use except as extra seating with big gatherings and of course to sit and watch the birds at the feeders on the deck all winter long.

This project was fairly simple. I removed the old faded and dated fabric and then stapled on some new fabric which I also used to cover new buttons for the light tufting on the top. And what a transformation. I was toying with the idea of painting the base white but once the new fabric was on, it really didn't seem necessary. Just like the Ercol Windsor Chair, the update to the fabric made everything better. Take a look.

Magic! New fabric makes everything look so much better.

Magic! New fabric makes everything look so much better.

This shot is really just to give you a good idea of the true colour of the fabric. It is a linen finish upholstery fabric in a light seafoam, blue-green colour and with the darker stain on the wood, it looks beautiful. And now, proof of what the bench is ACTUALLY used for!

This is Maude on squirrel patrol!

This is Maude on squirrel patrol!

My parent's dog, Maude spends most of her day perched on the bench watching out for squirrels which she is periodically let out to chase off. Don't worry, those squirrels are still some of the best fed, we just like to keep them on their toes!

And here's one more Before and After. Overall a very satisfying project!

From old and dated to chic and sophisticated

From old and dated to chic and sophisticated