Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Tres Chic Tutorial: A Bench Makeover


Remember when I posted this picture of my entryway, and promised to give you a tutorial on how I created these x-benches?  Well, it's finally here!  You might not believe it, but when we found these benches at Target, they were all black with a black leather cushion:



Sure, they could pass in a man cave, but there was no way I was going to put these benches in my home without a serious face lift.  So enter: My incredibly talented mother.  She is the master of all DIY projects, my friends.  

Items Needed:
Staple Gun
Scissors
Tape Measure
Fabric for Cushion
Paint (we used a shimmery silver from Hobby Lobby)
Paint Brush



 We found this adorable ikat textile at a local fabric shop.  I love it!

Step 1:  Take your fabric and lay it face down on a flat surface.  Smooth out any creases.  Place object to be covered face down on top of fabric.


Step 2: Trim off extra fabric on edges.  
I suggest leaving approximately 3-4 inches of fabric on each side.


Step 3:  Making sure fabric is straight and there are no creases, pull fabric around side of cushion, fold over so that the raw edge is covered,  and staple in the middle. When finished, you'll have a staple in the middle of all 4 sides.


      Step 4: Now, we must cover the corners.  This can be tricky, but if you go slowly and carefully, your result will look beautiful.


Step 5: Staple near a corner, then fold up fabric next to staple and staple again. Repeat this process until you have worked all the way around the corner.



Step 6: Do this for all corners. When finished, you may want to trim the excess fabric at the corners.


Step 7: While the cushion is off the bench frame and legs, prime and paint the legs your desired color.  Let frame dry overnight.  Once it dries, you are ready to reattach your cushion to the seat.  


This DIY is rather simple and cheap, but I am just in love with the results.  I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  
Today I am guest posting over at The Inglenook Decor's Musings- I hope you will check out my guest post and show Maureen some love!!

51 comments:

  1. those look incredible! fabulous job - I love the ikat print!

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  2. What a transformation! I love that you saw such potential in those black benches.

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  3. I thought those were the target x benches- such a stunning transformation Sam!

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  4. Loving, loving, loving this! Such talent. Adds so much interest to the space!

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  5. Looks GREAT SAM! Aren't moms the BEST!???

    OH and dont forget to check out our GIVEAWAY today!!

    Bethany
    www.PowellBrowerHome.com

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  6. Fantastic makeover, Sam! Love the ikat fabric that you have chosen. Your vignette looks fab, by the way.

    P/S: Come by and enter my online room design giveaway, if you like!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  7. What a transformation! I bet the stools even feel better :D

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  8. Gorgeous transformation, Sam! Love your fabric choice, too!

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  9. those are fan-freaking-tastic! I love them! I saw those benches at target and kept on walking...Good eye, kid!

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  10. Love the benches, Sam! The mother daughter combo on projects is so fun!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  11. GREAT TIPS:) Your blog makes me happy..and I will follow.
    If you want some inspiration ala IKEA and spring you can check out my blog:)
    Have a very lovely week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

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  12. WOW! They look perfect! I must try this!

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  13. that's such a cool idea! love it! looks so nice.

    http://scarletredblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. sam, they look awesome! i have a mini bench that i've been meaning to make over. you've just reminded me to get my butt into gear!

    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

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  15. FABULOUS job!!!! They look beautiful!!! xoxo Elizabeth

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  16. Amazing transformation! Love the fabric you chose!

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  18. Sam, you did an amazing job! I'm so impressed - and love the ikat fabric!!

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  19. Hello! Love your blog! I just added myself to your followers for support, and I wanted to invite you to come follow my blog and be a part of a really fun giveaway I’m having!

    Hope to see you there! Thanks!

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  20. I love the ikat fabric you chose for the cushions. They really turned out great!

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  21. I'm so doing this! Thanks for the inspiration! Kelli

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  22. Sam this turned out AMAZING!! love it!!!

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  23. They look ADORABLE! I LOVE that ikat fabric. How did you get the cushion off the bench?

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  24. wow so pretty! love the fabric you picked.

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  25. I LOVE this! You did such a great job!!

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  26. Love this Sam! You did an awesome job + I love the fabric choice!

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  27. Sam these look amazing...love the silver metallic and the fabric is gorgeous!!

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  28. the benches look totally amazing and SO different from the originals. it just goes to show how you have to see the potential in furniture sometimes :)

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  29. Well done Sam! They look fantastic :)

    Abbey x

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  30. Such a great before and after!

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  31. Incredible makeover!! And I love your whole console styling.

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  32. I am SO impressed! Im going to have to consider this for my next DIY Project :)
    thank you so much,
    xoxo,
    tiana of l'esthetique

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  33. Could it be so simple? Love Target! I'm going to send this to a friend that's been wanting a zebra x stool. Great idea!

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  34. What a fun hallway makeover, makes all the difference! Love love that fabric
    x kat

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  35. Sam seriously could it be any easier and I LOVE the fabric you chose!

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  36. Loving the ikat fabric! Sweet find!
    Your blog is awesome I just saw a few older posts that have caught my eye - off for a read!
    xoAmy

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  37. I've just discovered your blog! AMazing diy!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Maria

    http://www.unidentifiedlifestyle.com

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  38. They look awesome Sam! You did such a good job and I adore your fabric choice it's perfection!

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  39. great fabric! I saw those at Target a little while ago and thought they would be perfect for a makeover, too! So glad you shared:)

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  40. LOVE this DIY! I think I just found my next project : )

    xo SideSmile,
    Ashley

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  41. I love a good makeover. You really nailed this one. Quite literally. Or actually you used staples. :) love it! Go Target!

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  42. Love the look! Where did you get the great mirror and lamps??

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  43. Wonderful transformation. Where did you get the table with the metal frame? It's an awesome look.

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  44. I love the whole setup, can you please tell us where you got the mirror ?

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  45. Hello,, I love the setup, especially the mirror,, please tell us where you got it!

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  46. I really like the lamps with the burlap shades. Where did you purchase them?

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