Hello beautiful friends! Today I am continuing with a super cute find from my new Shop my own Garage Haul; this bench that I scored for $5 at the thrift store:
They actually had the entire set:
Unfortunately, the dresser drawers would not go back in at all. It was as if it had been left out in the elements and the drawers had swelled…swollen…gotten too dang big to fit back in. The night table and dressing table both looked as though they had mold growing on them. The old me would have bought it all, but these days I am a bit more hesitant to take on problem children when I know I can find pieces that need a lot less work instead.
The bench was marked $10.25 and half off that, so it came home with me!
As you can see on the close up above, the fabric was filthy. In fact the whole thing was quite dirty. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I removed the top and gave the base a good wipe down with Lysol-type wipes.
Then I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle’s Cotton and got some bleed-through in the joints, so I followed up with some BOSS in white and let it dry for most of the day. Then I gave it one more coat of Cotton.
I sanded all over using 220 grit sandpaper, being careful not to remove any from the edges. You’ll see why in a bit.
Then I started removing the layers of fabric using this tool to remove staples. I always love uncovering fabrics from the past!
I had three layers of fabric in all:
I actually loved the gold, but I really loved the original fabric, and it looked to be in perfect condition:
I’m assuming it was the original because it was held in place by tiny furniture tacks.
Unfortunately both this and the gold were dry-rotted.
I wanted to add a layer of cushioning anyway and do to that I added two pieces of foam to my Walmart delivery order.
These were $6.98 each and I just butted two together. Did you know that Walmart has delivery? At least, the one near us does. It has been SO nice!
I used an electric carving knife to cut my foam:
It cuts through it like butter! I found mine at the thrift store, but I bet you could find one at a yard sale pretty easily. The blade is removable so it can go in the dishwasher, so we can still use it to cut Thanksgiving turkey!
Then I used spray adhesive to join the two together.
Then I wrapped it in batting first and stapled it in place with my staple gun…
And then I followed up with my fabric! I had to use what fabric I have on hand, and luckily I had enough of this cute check!
I love this with white and I was thinking that it might be cute with this desk that I redid not too long ago that is already in my booth:
The check would be super cute with the floral drawers:
The distressing is hard to see in these photos, but I always like a little distressing. Because this was originally green and tan before, I cheated the distressing once again using my distressing block:
You can see more on how I do that HERE. It really looks so authentic!
You can see that before the top was almost flat and it was hard as a rock to sit on…
That’s because when I removed all the fabric, there was no cushion at all…just a layer of thick batting. Adding brand new foam not only made it look so much better, it made it much more comfy too!
The new foam cost me $14, but since the bench was only $5, it was still a great deal for $20!
If you liked this post, you’ll enjoy this one too! Remember this one??
See it HERE!
And that is three pieces down!!
If you missed the first two pieces I redid, you can see them HERE!
I’ll be straying from my new haul on Thursday to share a piece that my Mom has wanted me to paint for several years!
It’s this pretty hutch:
And because she’s been staying home more than ever, she is finding all the things she wants to change about her house ha ha! We started with this piece!
UPDATE: See how this beauty looks now HERE!!
Take another look at my haul photo and tell me what you want to see next!!
Take care and I’ll see y’all Thursday!
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