Sunday, March 4, 2012

HOW TO: Reupholster a bench or chair

Hellooooo Bloggies :)

We had such a great weekend. My husband had off finally from his insane schedule...and we spent the whole entire weekend out and about! Ususally we just lay around the house and just R.E.L.A.X. But there was just a lot I wanted to do this weekend! Yesterday, we headed to Bismarck, ND's state capital and did some shopping. I cured my withdrawals from TjMaxx as well :) Today, we went to the local Flea Market and found some great treasures. I'll do a post on those later. These bench was also one of the treasures that we found today.

Silly me always forgets to take a "before" picture but this is the best I can do. My materials I worked with and the picture of the fabric before on the bench.


I made sure to iron my fabric I was going to use for a good, even look.



I started by removing all the staples from the fabric. There's alittle trick that I use shown on the picture after this. I use a butter knife to loosen the staple. In this case, this hadn't been re-covered in ages so it was alittle bit fiesty but finally came off.




Here's my first row of staples. I make sure to keep those lines even. Stripes are alittle more difficult but I am LURVE with this fabulous fabric so I used it! Start with a small end...like I did and you will find yourself coming onto a corner.


Here we are at the corner. Fold the corner off like shown in the picture and staple that fold.


And fold the next and final corner again, smoothly. Avoid any un-tight corners. You're basically just over lapping them, neatly.


Make sure you're pulling each end tight and firm....

And you should come out with something alittle like this...


I LURVE this fabric on this cute little bench! I haven't decided if I am going to keep it or sell it. I also haven't decided whether I'm going to re-stain the bottom wood part or paint it a crisp white. Decisions.




What do you think of my bench re-do? Was it simple enough for you? Do you think the bottom should be a rich stain or a crisp white? Thanks y'all for stoping by again and we'll talk to you soon!

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XOXO,
Mrs. Schmidheiser

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