Hello beautiful friends, and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Most of what I share are trash-to-treasure projects, but today I get to do it with four of my favorite treasure-maker friends! You’ll find links to their projects at the bottom!
Today’s makeover is this little bench that I painted way back in 2013:
It made an appearance in my tutorial for adding graphics old-school style and used to have the word Love across the top. It lived in my closet until we moved two Summers ago.
It’s a little bold for my taste these days so I started to redo it last year since I missed having it in my closet. However, I only got as far as sanding the words off. I knew adding it to this haul would get it done. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
It looks much different now!
I used to sit on it to put my shoes on when it lived in my old closet, so I decided to add some cushioning to the top this time. Then I added a few tufts as well.
I started by covering up the blue paint with Rustoleum satin Espresso spray paint:
I didn’t want the blue to show through when I sanded.
Then I painted the legs in two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton…
When the legs were dry, I lightly sanded them with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax. I would have used the satin clear coat, but I couldn’t find my blue sponge. I ended up finding it in Brennan’s room of all places!
Then I measured out where I wanted the tufts to be and drilled holes with my drill:
When I shared this moss-filled chair that I replaced the cushion on not too long ago, I used a regular knife because I couldn’t find my electric one. In fact, I hadn’t remembered seeing it since we’ve lived here. Turns out, my Mom had it! It was a lucky $4 thrift store find and makes it SO easy to cut foam…just like butter!
Then I marked my holes on the foam as well and used a screwdriver to puncture the holes:
Next, I cut my fabric, including a thin white layer to cover the green foam since my fabric has a white background:
This fabric was originally a pair of curtains I found at HomeGoods for another project. The thin white layer was the liner that came with them. I love hitting up the curtain aisle for decor fabrics! You can see also that my legs unscrewed from the bottom which was super helpful!
For the tufts, I found these clock buttons at Walmart that I painted with a coat of Cotton first…
I usually cover my buttons with fabric and you can see what I use to do that in this post, but I decided to go a different route this time. I lightly sanded these and gave them a coat of spray sealer when they were dry. (You can also hit up the thrift store and look for garments with unique buttons you can use.)
I threaded the wire through the loop at the back of the button and then pulled the ends straight and slightly twisted the ends together like so:
I poked the wire down through the top fabric, the foam, and then the bench top:
Then I used some buttons I already had to help secure them on the underside of the seat…
I just put my knee on the back and pushed the cushion into the floor while I tightened the wire.
That made it a bit easier to “sink” the button a bit to create the tuft.
When I had all my tufts complete, I used my el cheapo staple gun to secure the fabric to the back:
The bottom was really gross, so I covered that with fabric. You can see how I cut out some of the bulk on the corners before securing:
Then I cut a small slit in the fabric where the legs screwed in…
When it was put back together, it felt like it needed something more. I found a stash of old nailheads I had removed from these chairs when I redid them, and they were exactly what this little bench needed!
I used needle-nosed pliers to hold them in place while I tapped them in with a hammer.
Remember this mirror? I used three pieces to create one chunkier frame:
You can see that makeover HERE.
And the underside as well…
I just love how this little stool turned out, and it only cost me the foam since I had everything else!
Don’t forget my friends have their own Trash-to-Treasure makeovers to share with you today!
If you liked how this little bench turned out, you might like this makeover too:
See how this chair turned out HERE!
For even more fun trashy makeovers, visit all of my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday posts in one place HERE!
One more piece crossed off the list!
If you missed any from this haul so far, see them all below!
I’ll see y’all on Thursday with this little step stool and that white-washing video tutorial I promised!
UPDATE: See how this stool looks now and see my tutorial on whitewashing furniture HERE now! 🙂
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