Cute Bench Revamp


Small benches are very easy to makeover. I buy a lot of them. It takes very little time to make them new again and I often use leftover scraps of fabric from other projects for the benches. This project came from someone else's leftover fabric.

I picked up this bench at an estate auction. It was solid but the fabric (like most vintage benches) was outdated and dusty—pretty gross.


This is a close up of the fabric—classic 1950s/60s nubby upholstery fabric.


I started by removing the legs. They are wrought iron and were very solid. I sanded them a bit—they didn't need much and then I hit it with a coat of gloss black spray paint just to freshen it up. While that was drying, I started on the seat of the bench. My brother was at my house that day so I enlisted his help. We removed all the tacks and staples. Fortunately, there was only one layer of fabric. We removed all the foam padding as well.


The new fabric was a find from Goodwill. I often look there for remnants of upholstery fabric, because upholstery fabric at a fabric store is expensive! I found two pieces of this cotton duck fabric. Each piece was about two yards and they were only .99 cents each. I bought both. This stool won't require much at all so I will have plenty of this fabric left for other projects.


It's a beautiful charcoal grey color with a white design. Very pretty.

I added a new layer of foam and batting and quickly upholstered the seat, so quickly I didn't get any photos of that.

After the legs were dry, I reattached them to the seat.


Then it was finished. Overall, this took less than an hour. I did let the legs dry overnight before I reattached them, but all-in-all, the total number of minutes to do this was under an hour.



So now it's a cute bench with fresh padding and fabric. It's small enough to tuck away in any space for extra seating. I love the quick and easy projects. Now, on to the next one!

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.