DIY | A Thrifted Bench Makeover

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See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

With the new office I’ve definitely taken on a lot of fun DIY and decorating projects. Some are big, some are small, but all make a big impact in our space! Remember the cork board I made over in 1o minutes? Quick and still being complimented!

This sitting bench has been around my whole life. It was sort of the “traveling chair” in our house that made it’s way from room to room, eventually ending up in my bedroom. I recently asked my mom it’s backstory, mainly wondering to try and see if she’d mind it becoming my latest DIY project. (Somethings she’s sentimentally attached to, aka Maryland’s largest hoarder… Sorry not sorry, Mom!) She told me that she had thrifted it sometime around her first apartment and it had just held up around this long.

I knew that it would make a great accent in the office just by looking at it. The bench had some wear and tear over the years so I decided to give it an overhaul. Just by looking at it you could tell that the wood was extremely scratched and the fabric on the seat cushion was faded  and stained. Click through to see the full tutorial of how I revamped this sitting bench!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

Materials

You don’t need a lot for this DIY. Start by finding your perfect fabric, which we chose a similar grey colored vinyl to match our concrete floors. You will also need a measuring tape, staple gun, scissors, fabric glue, and Scotchgard™ Fabric & Upholstery Protector.

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

Prep & Remove

In order to prep for this project, remove whatever it is that you’re reupholstering from the frame. Start by removing the current fabric. We used a flathead screwdriver to pull up the staples from the previous upholstery. Next, measure the size of your bench and add 4″ to each side. Cut your piece of new fabric this size.

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

Staple & Protect

Then, you need to staple your selected fabric onto the bench.  Fold your excess fabric over, stapling towards the top of the fabric. Make sure to pull the fabric taught around all edges. Pro tip: When attaching fabric, shoot staples in halfway (sub-stapling) while you’re perfecting the position of the pattern and smoothness of the upholstery. Lastly, spray your fabric protector and reattach your reupholstered seat!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

Here’s a look at my new favorite nook of the office! I think if this corner with in my home I would just want to always curl up with a good book and a blanket! When I get tired of this fabric I might decide to sand down the wood and paint it white, but for now I’m really happy with it.

In addition to reupholstering the seat we also polished up the wood so you didn’t see so much of the scratches. Somehow it perfectly matches the color of our window molding so it works! I styled the nook with a simple pillow, plant, and a floor lamp. It will probably stay like this until our conference table comes in.

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

See how I simply madeover a thrifted sitting bench by adding new upholstery and getting rid of some scratches. Before and after photos included!

Scotchgard was a great purchase to make before moving into our new office. It repels liquids, blocks stains by pushing them away from the fabric fibers so stains release easily, won’t change the look, feel or breathability of fabrics, AND is safe to use on delicate and dry clean fabrics. That means you can spray it on so many things around your home or in your closet, really!

Make sure to head here to find out what other projects you can tackle with Scotchgard. Target is even offering a coupon! What do you think of my new little nook?

 

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9 Comments

  1. Your bench turned out great, Taylor!! Love that your mom thrifted it years ago…such a fun piece! [client]

    Published September 9, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thank you so much Kristi! I was a little afraid that in photos there wasn’t much of a difference since the colors were so similar, but in person it looks brand new!!

      Published September 9, 2016Reply
  2. Rachel said:

    I love, love, love it when people take a thrifted/flea market find and give it a face lift! This bench looks like a million bucks (literally!).

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    Published September 12, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thanks Rachel! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

      Published September 14, 2016Reply
  3. I love the way this DIY turned out! It’s always fun to give life to thrifted furniture! Your pics are also stunning!

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

    Published September 15, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thank you so much Andrea!

      Published September 15, 2016Reply
  4. Reese robins said:

    Hi Taylor! Miss you! We need to make cookies soon!!!

    Published September 15, 2016Reply
  5. Wow, what a difference in the bench!

    Published September 19, 2016Reply
    • Taylor said:

      Thank you Jennie!

      Published September 19, 2016Reply