DIY Upholstered Foyer Bench

September 16, 2014

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Remember this big, before and after? Well that dandy little foyer bench is hiding a secret… wanna hear it?… here goes…

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It was in hiding storage. It was originally covered in a green leather when I purchased it from Urban Barn, years ago. I loved it. But, we went on vacation, and left our cat with a sitter — she vented her frustration on this poor bench with the power of her kitty nails, and I eventually recovered it with this brown microsuede. I was never really crazy about it again.

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After we moved, into the garage it went. The layout of the new house didn’t really allow for a great spot for it. Until… I tackled the front foyer. It turns out it was a perfect, and i mean PERFECT match for the size of our old front closet. Lucky-lucky!!

So! Time for a makeover and time to fall in love with this piece, again. First, I ripped off my old “makeover/makeunder” job. Buh-bye microsuede…

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Then, planned out an affordable makeover. First, a couple yards of this oh-so-pretty “Swallow Study in Teal“. I have a serious Joel Dewberry Fabric problem, my vintage trailer is swimming in it, the Kiddo’s curtains, and now this bench. Definitely a fav!

And next, old jeans! I’ve been saving our old jeans for years, it’s such great fabric, and I thought this would be a great project to give my bench that comfy rustic look.

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I cut the legs open and laid them out and pinned them together.

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Trimmed off the excess, and sewed the pieces together. Then, I was left with one nice big piece of fabric for the top. Easy! And, Free!

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Next, I pinned my beautiful birdie fabric to the face of the bench, and pinned it to the denim.

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Another quick sew… and we’re almost there!

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I purchased some new retro wood legs from the hardware store to give the bench some height.

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(Can you see the cat scratches? Urgh). Onward! Now to staple on my new fabric cover. And, here is the “secret”…

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I totally didn’t cover it all the way around. I knew it would be hidden on 3 sides inside the closet, so it would be a total waste of fabric. I knew I’d never move the bench out of the closet… so here I go…

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Here’s the top secret view from the back…

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Oh, and a fun little detail?? — I left the knee holes on my denim piece and patched them from underneath with my bird fabric. Cool huh??

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This bench sure helped turn this once, super boring, and dysfunctional closet into something incredible. One last look at the ugly:

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And, done… Soooo done!! Am I right??

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The extra height from the new wood legs also allowed me to add this Ikea drawer we had leftover from our PAX wardrobe¬†project in our bedroom. It’s great for all those little mitts, touques and scarves. Loving this bench again!

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