When I spotted this little bench at a garage sale, the first thing I noticed was the Cookie Monster blue fur top. The bench was in need of an update, but it was structurally sound and for only $5, I couldn’t pass it up. The lady who was having the garage sale told me, this is the bench she used at her make up table. You know, as soon as she said make-up table, I was instantly interested, but then she told me she didn’t have it anymore. 🙁
So I did what everyone does and put it in my stash. 🙂
Here is my Cookie Monster Fur bench before it’s update, dirt and all.
Remember how I said it was structurally sound when I bought it? Notice the broken leg? My stash is right in front of where my 16 year old parks his car in the garage. I then remembered him telling me that he kept hitting my little bench when he pulled into the garage…nuff said!
So the first thing that I did was used wood glue and my clamp and fixed the cross bar and leg.
When I took off the Cookie Monster Fur and padding, the board for the seat was coming all apart, so I went to my local lumbar yard and bought a sturdy piece of plywood, that they cut to size for me. Love that!
Once the glue dried, I painted the bottom part in Old Town Paint in the color Cast Iron, one of my favorites! Then sealed it with Varathane Polyurethane in Matte Finish.
Next, I used my new board from my lumber yard and reused the original padding and put this awesome fabric on the top that I got from Joanne Fabrics in the upholstery section. I wanted to use a contrasting fabric for the piping, which I also got from Joanne Fabrics and I followed Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer’s tutorial on how to make piping, which you can find here. She shows you both the sew and no sew method. I sewed mine and it’s super easy. Using my hot glue gun, I attached it under the seat and then screwed the seat back on.
And here it is…
So much better without the Cookie Monster Fur, don’t you think?
I also made the matching pillow. And the Love.One.Another. pillow covers are flour sack and for sale in my etsy shop here.
I love the soft black of the Cast Iron paint against the lighter tones of the fabric.
If you haven’t tried piping, it’s not hard at all and it adds so much detail!
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