Sunday, March 15, 2015

Reupholstery Project

My first ever reupholstery project and I'm SO excited to share it on the blog! 

When we bought the house, the previous owner left her vanity bench in the master bath. It was fine; neutral fabric and silver accents. 
Totally acceptable, right? However, as the master bath evolved, I decided I wanted to change the bench. My first idea was to just buy a new one... little did I know, these suckers range from $70-$100, even at HomeGoods. To this I say, "BYE FELICIA" I'd rather put that money toward a new accent chair in the family room. (Reveal coming soon :)

So, my bestie and I ventured off to JoAnn Fabrics yesterday in search for the perfect fabric. 


This afternoon, my husband and I tackled the project. 

Here is what we used:

  • Screw Drivers
  • Scissors
  • Staple Gun
  • Staples 
  • Drill
  • Fabric of your choice

I began by removing the cushion from the metal frame. Simple. I didn't even need the drill for this- just a screwdriver.

There was a black fabric over the wood base of the cushion that I removed. 

Originally, I was going to remove the neutral fabric but it was so thin I didn't even feel the need. This made the process SO much easier. Otherwise, at this point you would need to remove the staples and original fabric. 

I bought a yard of fabric which was PLENTY. I even have left overs which I have a little DIY planned to use it up. 

Since I chose a ikat pattern fabric, I wanted to make sure everything was centered and even. Align before you staple. 

The next step is a 2 person job. I pulled the fabric as my husband stapled. We started with the longest side and then folded the corners like you would tuck them in to the corners of your bed. 

Be sure to pull tightly so there is no extra fabric. 

After the cushion was finished, we (husband) drilled the metal frame back on and...

There you have it! Took roughly 30 minutes and only cost $10 for the fabric. If you have to buy the tools, it will obviously cost more. 

Hope this has inspired someone to reupholster something "blah" into something fabulous!!!!

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  1. Love the fabric you chose! It makes me think I need to redo our bench we use for my daughter's harp. It's coming apart! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

    1. You are so very welcome! And thank you for the compliment! I love an ikat print! You should definitely redo your daughters piece... It's the simplest project! Good luck!!!!!!