i am just too embarrassed to show this hunk of junk that has been sitting behind my sofa for three years.
this piece of furniture was claimed by my boy, Oliver, when he was just a tiny pup. good thing he was the cutest thing i had ever seen in my life because this pup chewed EVERYTHING he could wrap his mouth around... including this sofa table.
we have been talking for months (years) of just sitting it outside for trash pickup. i mean, it is trash. but then i had a pinterest breakthrough - sofa table turned upholstered bench.
yes! yes! yes!
folks, here is the only before i am willing to share -
so all the legs were wacked off.
next we sanded. we hit it good where the legs were cut off so it would have a smooth finish, then lightly over the painted areas.
and speaking of fabric, i needed some! i went in search of something blue/green/beige to match my decor and i found a major score at joann's with this beautiful upholstery fabric! if you are upholstering something, spend the money on the good fabric. it really does hold up longer and just looks better.
i covered my buttons using the kit i purchased (which was simple to do).
i'm getting pretty darn good with this power drill =)
already looking like a bench, don't ya think?!?!
another score - i found these beauties nestled away in my closet. i purchased them at an anthropologie sale, and even though there was only two, i knew that one day they would come in handy. boy was i correct!
ENTER LIFESAVING TIP
if you only own a manual staple gun (like me) put down the fabric and drive to your local hardware store. buy an electric staple gun. i promise, it will be worth every penny spent. otherwise, your hands will be numb for hours (like mine) and this part will take you like quadruple the time because you just cant keep stapling with a manual gun. your hands will tire and just won't be able to go against the force of pulling that dang trigger.
IRON YOUR FABRIC before upholstering your bench! we definitely don't want an upholstered bench with a crease going down the middle!
i pulled my fabric tight and stapled all the way around the table, but leaving the corners for last. when i did staple the corners, i just pleated the fabric to the corner of the table top, then stapled it in place.
(seriously, have you ever used a staple gun? it's reallllllllly hard.)
i bet i used 300 staples.
remember that 'mega' needle i purchased -
here is my cost breakdown for the new bench-
fabric - purchased two yards and used a 40% coupon = approx. 20.00
foam - purchased 60 inches and also on sale for half of = 12.00
batting - 6.00
ginormous needle - 5.00
thread - 1.00
finishing tacks - 2.00
staple gun and staples - free (already had them)
table - free
knobs - free
grand total for a brand new piece of beautiful furniture - 46 BUCKS!!!!
can't beat that.