Sunday, August 12, 2012
Frenchy Upholstered Bench
I would like to begin with a disclaimer. I am not an upholsterer. I have recovered some chair seats in the past, but that is my limit.
Because of the reasons listed above, I avoid buying furniture that needs to be upholstered. I have a few pieces that have been sitting around for months and months. I think I have a chair that has been sitting, dust covered, for a year. I accidentally bid on this piece at an auction, I brushed some hair out of my face and won a bench. Oops!
Determined not to have another piece in the furniture graveyard that is my basement, I decided to give this one a whirl. I am so glad I did!
I didn't take many in process pictures, I didn't have much confidence in the result. I removed the fabric on the seat back, this was a lot less than fun! The fabric was tacked in with approximately 4 million upholstery tacks, which hurt when you kneel on them. In case you were wondering. I had heard that it was best to use this piece as a pattern for your new fabric so I did.
I did not do that on the back of the bench. The fabric was very intact on the back so in order to preserve my fingers and knees from puncture wounds, I just covered it with new fabric.
Before attaching the new fabric, I painted the entire bench with ASCP in Paris Grey and used lots of dark wax. Very Frenchy. I love how the dark wax settled in the oak grain.
After the fabric was stapled and trimmed, I used a hot glue gun to attach the creme gimp trim. After burning my fingerprints off with hot glue, I considered that this would be a great time to commit a crime. I did not actually do this. Crime is bad.
This piece turned out so much better than I thought it might. I am sort of excited, I feel like I have learned a little bit of new skill.
Now for the other dust covered pieces in my basement...
What are your best upholstery secrets?