Hello friends! Spring is here and I’ve got a great mini-project to give your home that much needed revamp. (I promise it won’t take you long and you will be back to eating your kid’s leftover Cadbury eggs in no time!) I have been meaning to reupholster a bench of mine for quite some time and now seemed like the perfect time. The old multi-colored stripe bench was cute in it’s day and still could work in a child’s playroom. However, I found the most beautiful floral fabric which will give it the chic sophistication it so desperately needs. So… if you have an old bench or stool that has some dated upholstery go pull it out. In the spirit of spring we’re going to breath new life into it and have some fun!
Firstly , start by using an upholstery grade fabric that meets or surpasses the standard 15,000 double-rubs test. What the heck does that mean you ask? It’s just a fancy way of saying it will hold up over time, unlike you’re shoulder pads from the 80’s. Hancock fabrics always has a great selection and their staff can help you with material estimations if you need it. Once you’ve selected the loveliest fabric in all the land you will need to get your hands on either a staple gun and air compressor or an electric staple gun. I personally used a staple gun with air compressor although the electric guns are less pricey. You will also need to get your hands on some 18 gauge 1/4″ crown staples and some basic tools (screwdrivers, wrench). Okay, a little prep work and we’re ready to rumble……(cue Jock Jams soundtrack).
Remember the screwdriver and wrench I said ya needed? Okay you need em now! Go ahead and remove any and all hardware on your bench.
Now lay out your fabric on the floor or work table with the design faced down. Lay your bench or stool upside down on the fabric and center it. (We are reupholstering the bench, so there is no need to remove the old fabric.) Working on one side at a time, start by pulling the middle of the excess fabric snug over the bench and hold firmly. Then staple it in to place (Always staple your fabric to the bottom side of your furniture where they won’t show). You will work your way from the middle towards the outer corners. You will want to space the staples about an inch apart. (Don’t forget to keep pulling your fabric snug because you don’t want to end up with some saggy spots!) You will want to stop about 4″ from the corners leaving them for last. Continue pulling and stapling on the remaining three sides. Afterwards, you will take the corner excess fabric and pull it tight over the bench and staple. There is no science to this part and it’s up to you to take a creative license. Play around with different looks for the corners. They can have a pleated look, or a crisp clean finish. Relax, either way it’s going to be beautiful! (*If you do mess up keep calm and remove the staple by prying it up with a small flathead screwdriver.)
Lastly, reattach all of the hardware you removed earlier. (Optional: You can garner your piece with upholstery studs giving it a more stately look if you choose.) Okay drum roll please…….Ta-da! You are finished with your lovely piece of furniture. When your friends ask where you picked up your new find you can take pride in telling them your heroic story of how you rescued it from the attic! Check out my before and after pics below, as well as pics of mama’s little helper. Then go enjoy that chocolate 🙂
~Mama’s little helper~