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Walk Through My Door

February 19, 2013

This little DIY has been a LONG time in the making. I found the bench below at a yard sale almost 2 years ago in Cape Cod while I was out for a run one morning and the price was definitely right ($10, YES you read that right).  I loved the high, curved arms and the pretty spindle detailing. It wasn’t in the best shape, but with some paint and a new cushion with pretty fabric I could picture it on the end of a bed, in  a living room, or in a hallway.

Before Bench

Another before shot

The bench was in pretty good shape structurally, but there was some damage to the legs (it looked like a dog may have chewed it). My Dad helped me fix the legs with some wood filler. Also the bench had been stained with a finish so it need to be sanded down before it could be painted. Thankfully while I was home on vacation my sweet Dad helped me sand it down and fixed the legs.

Dad sanding the bench

Next we (really, he) primed the bench so the final coats of paint would go on nicely.


Once I got it back to DC I painted it a glossy black, stuck the old straw bench cushion back on, put it in my entry and it’s been there since. I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect fabric to finish it off, which never happened. When I loved to India and I thought it would be fun to bring some fabric back with me.  Luckily I found just the pattern I was looking for and was able to finish it off last weekend.

What I used:

  • Staple gun
  • Fabric lining
  • Scissors

bench 2

First I laid out the liner fabric and then carefully wrapped the straw bench almost like wrapping a gift. Make sure you pull the corners very tight and keep adjusting as you staple so it is fitted really well to the cushion. I followed the same procedure with the finishing fabric and voila. I think it looks pretty good and I love that seeing it will remind me of India. All told I spent about $45 on the bench from start to finish.  Not a bad bargain!


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily permalink
    February 19, 2013 9:10 am

    That is just gorgeous!! Good job Jessica and Mr. Emond!

  2. Cris Eddy permalink
    February 19, 2013 11:46 am

    Love the bench and love Pete!!

  3. February 19, 2013 7:22 pm

    So cute! Great work!

  4. Lesley permalink
    February 22, 2013 10:03 pm

    That looks AMAZING. What a steal, sister! Good work.

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