One of my favorite things to do
is to reinvent something in a unique way.
take a leap of faith……
And pleasantly surprise yourself!
Here's a perfect example of a piece I had to rebuild recently,
so I took the challenge!
I purchased this old antique upholstered bench at a yard sale.
It was covered in an old raggedy gold velour…
It had a glorious wood frame with lots of detail
But boy was it a mess!
I had to take everything off….
I removed the springs.
(Easily made 7 times my investment on this piece by just
repurposing the springs into candle holders…added some
fabric scraps and ball candles and put in my booths.)
But I digress.
Back to the bench.
One of the sides had a broken frame
so I wood glued it.
Then I removed everything from the seat.
The original stuffing, burlap, etc,
I left the upholstered sides
because they were still in good shape..
I rebuilt the seat using scrap lumber pieces, and
painted the frame in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream.
After the cream paint had dried, I dry brushed an overcoat of Paris Grey
and then I distress sanded.
I rebuilt the seat with layers and layers of batting.
Here you can see the frame after I added dark wax
to all the nooks and crannies…
(Sorry for the dark photo…I was working late…)
Okay, on to the finish!
I found this awesome printed canvas rug at Ross.
I decided to use this for the upholstery.
I stapled and trimmed the rug…
(and treated myself to an IPA…)
And instead of using traditional gimp,
I decided to just fold up and glue the raw edges.
Then I used galvanized roofing nails
to adorn and secure the edges.
Getting close….now to the sides…...
I used a grey and white ticking to upholster the sides,
after adding a layer of batting.
Then I used gimp to edge.
And it's done!
It's in my booth at Greenwood Antiques & Uniques.