I’ve been super busy lately, and not with furniture painting. Between my day job, family and life I haven’t had much time for it. The things that have kept me busy the past month or so are all very GOOD things though, just not very creative ones. When life gets like that for me I begin to crave something creative to lose myself in. It’s relaxing for me. I find that I can concentrate and sleep better because it truly reins me in a bit and I need that from time to time.
OK, more than that.
If I’m being honest.
So a few days ago I had a half hour or so to hit a junk store or three and actually made a good haul of Smalls.
This cute little bench was the Largest of the Smalls
Someone had actually done a pretty good job with it when I got it. The padding and fabric were both in good shape. I just had something a bit quieter in my head.
First, I recovered the seat part in a piece of white cotton duck that I already had in my scrap stash.
That fabric hoard of mine really pays off on days when I’m pressed for time or on days like this day when it’s pouring rain outside.
As I was painting the frame of the bench in Old White I started thinking it might be kinda cool to come up with some sort of slipcover for this little bench. It is small and lightweight so a person could move it around of take it out on a porch or patio as needed. A slipcover out of washable cotton fabric would be perfect. Back in my hoard I already had a piece of blue ticking that I had already prewashed so I grabbed it and got to work.
First, I cut out a perfect rectangle about 1/2 inch larger (for a seam allowance) than the bench seat itself. Then I cut out four strips of fabric that would form the skirt part of the cover. I layed all of my five pieces out right sides facingeach other to check the fit of each. I trimmed the length of one of the pieces and next went to work hemming the unfinished edges of the four skirt pieces before I sewed the entire thing together.
Here’s what it looked like with all unfinished edges hemmed and all five pieces sewn together.
I gave it a good press with a hot iron and it was ready to go!
I love this little bench!
I sanded the legs down quite a bit to show all that dark wood underneath and I’m really glad I did. I love the look of those distressed legs with a humble fabric like ticking.
After I styled and shot these photos I sat out on my porch and drank that glass of wine. It was a lovely evening and the light was just perfect. Now that’s just what this girl needed.
To me this project is a perfect furniture flip, from the price of the bench to the degree of difficulty. I’ll be breaking this one down even further later in the week.
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