Dria from DIO Home Improvements has long loved Restoration Hardware’s deconstructed furniture and wanted to do her own rendition. The perfect opportunity came when her sister found a cane chair at the thrift store for only $5. Dria sanded down the frame and then applied her own homemade stain to achieved that signature weathered finished. [...Read More]
Erin from Elizabeth Joan Designs had inherited an old bench from her parents with dreams of giving it a grand makeover. Enter a new baby and cross-country move, and the bench was quickly forgotten. When Erin later found herself in need of additional seating for her daughter’s birthday, she figured it was time to give the bench the update it so desperately needed – the lazy EASY way!
Jacqui of Brooke Eva has tremendous style and DIY savvy. Just check out these upholstered x-benches she made for East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars competition. I mean… WOW! Jacqui built these babies from the ground up, cutting those beautiful legs from wood, upholstering every inch with charcoal fabric, and finishing it off with nailhead trim. Hello, Gorgeous!
Ayisha from The Pursuit of Handyness wanted the perfect settee for her new master bedroom. Unfortunately, the “perfect settee” in Ayisha’s book cost almost $2,000, which was certainly not justifiable for an occasional piece of furniture. Since there was a shortage of DIY settee tutorials out there, Ayisha was forced to figure it out herself. She used an old Ikea chair to save money on the construction and splurged on the foam. In the end, Ayisha got exactly what she wanted in the size and color that she wanted for only $140!
This kilim upholstered bench made by Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. is a match made in thrift store heaven! Lindsay, a kilim-loving gal, was in need of a bench for her mudroom. She headed straight to the thrift store where she found a wood and metal bench, a Navajo blanket, and a sleeping bag for batting. She combined the three items together to create this beauty!
I just love this project from Ahna at Easier Than I Thought because it’s a true example of seeing potential and beauty where others see trash. Ahna took an ugly (and I mean UGLY) old rocker and turned it into a thing of beauty. Literally, it looks like it could be sitting right in Restoration Hardware’s catalog with its nailhead trim, gray-washed finish, and textural linen-like fabric. You’ve got to head over to Ahna’s site to appreciate this miraculous chair makeover and learn how you too can achieve that gorgeous look!
Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home inherited her great-grandfather’s love for building things with her hands and is now following in his footsteps as an upholsterer. This bench was Jennifer’s first time creating an upholstered piece of furniture, and I’d say it’s evidence that she definitely has a knack for the trade. If you’re wondering about the time commitment that goes into building your own bench AND upholstering it, Jennifer reassures that the whole project took her only five to six hours to complete.
Virginia from LiveLoveDIY used an old Goodwill piano bench (a $5 score!) to recreate her very own version of Ballard’s $400 Simone Bench. The project literally only cost $5 and less than an hour of time. If you are wondering how Virginia pulled it off, she likes to save money by using pillow stuffing instead of foam. You don’t even need a staple gun for this project – just a hammer and glue!