Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sitting pretty

A couple of weeks ago my mother gave me a vanity bench for which she no longer had a use.  Since I don't have a chair for the small secretary in my bedroom, I thought I could paint and re-upholster the bench and use it there.

I mixed up a batch of my off white faux chalk paint and painted on two coats.  I waxed with Minwax paste wax and followed that with Annie Sloan dark wax.  Three layers of wax and some serious buffing and I called it "done".

The color in the fluting was a weird shade of green.

Looks better antique white, doesn't it?

I really love this fabric.

This morning I pulled the nasty, old fabric off the seat and then upholstered the bench.  I used a layer of muslin over the foam and batting and then finished with a piece of one of my favorite fabrics, Portobello Market.  Normally I would not use quilting cotton for the bench cover but because it will be used fairly infrequently and because I have a layer of muslin under the cotton, I think it will do.

All I have left to do is staple the burlap on the underside of the bench.  I would have done that today except that I ran out of staples.

I am really pleased with the bench.  It will look great with the soon as I paint it!

(Linking to:  Tutorials and Tips Party, Home Stories A to Z; We Did it Wednesday on Sew Much Ado; Domestically Speaking Power of Paint Party; Lilyfield Life Paint Parade; Start at Home Paint Party


Suzan Sweatman said...

It turned out beautiful Suzan - what a fantastic transformation!
XOX, Suzan

Jamie/Maryland Quilter said...

Great post! I love before and after projects. Your bench is now so bright and welcoming- well done!

Brooke Larsen said...

i LOVE this idea,! I would love for you to come link up at my Paint Party going on now through the weekend!!
Hope to see you soon and Happy 4th!!

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Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

hi Suzan, thanks for linking up to Paint Parade, you have done a beautiful job and i love the antiquing you did especially on the legs. It looks very good.
happy 4th of July
Fiona x