If you live in Abilene, there’s a twice a year consignment sale called My Sister’s House that is a must-attend. It’s filled with used and vintage clothing, accessories, furniture and much more! I could spend hours just oodling over photos from past years and dreaming about what great finds I’ll discover at the upcoming sale!
Speaking of the upcoming sale, I scavenged a small vanity bench a few months ago and I knew with the right makeover, it would be perfect for the My Sister’s House sale.
Here’s a before picture:
As you can tell, this piece was a little worse for wear. It was badly scratched and the cushion smelled like…. I don’t even know what but it was BAD! Not to mention that 70’s orange fabric! We’ll get back to the cushion in a minute, I began by sanding down the frame.
This was my first time to use my new Ryobi sander that my in-laws bought me for Christmas. I was instantly in love, the sander was lite-weight enough for me to hold for an extended period of time but also heavy enough to be able to lay into the wood when needed.
After sanding and a good wipe down, I was able to prime and paint it pretty easily. For this project I used Rust-oleum Ultra Cover in Flat White.
I then moved onto the a fore mentioned 70’s cushion. I initially thought this was going to be the easier part of the project, I mean, how hard could it be to pull a few upholstery tacks or staples, right? Wrong. Very, very wrong. This is what I started with . . . .
. . . . and underneath I found 1…2…3! 3 additional layers of fabric all attached to the original piece of wood with over 100 assorted nails, upholstery tacks, staples, etc. You name it, I pulled it out of there!
After my fiasco with removing all those fabric layers I decided on a bright flower/butterfly print. I lined the original wood with foam and then cut a piece of fabric that fit loosely over the entire cushion.
I then flipped it over and began stapling, being sure to pull the slack and tuck in the corners as I worked my way around.
When I was done stapling I simply trimmed the extra fabric (it doesn’t have to look perfect – it going to be on the bottom of the bench and no one will see it).
Here’s the finish cushion!
I then put it all together and ta-da!
I think this would be perfect for a little girl’s room either at a vanity or desk, or even beneath a window as a bench. If you would like to purchase this bench (and many other great finds) be sure to visit the My Sister’s House Sale coming up THIS WEEK! The sale will take place in downtown Abilene at 181 Pine (with furniture across the street), it begins on March 24th and the final day is April 1st. Be sure to check the website for their hours of operation.