This tutorial will teach you how to recover a simple bench or stool. Using an easy, no-sew technique that you can apply to any bench or stool.
Basic, but so versatile!
I spotted this cute little bench at a garage sale for $3. I knew it was a diamond in the rough! Here's a photo of when I brought it home.
It was green vinyl with a well kept, silver metal base. I detached the pad from the base. The under part of this bench was definitely put together by someone like me. Using any piece of leftover materials on hand to assemble the pad to the base. I love knowing that someone in another generation went through the same thing I was, just now.
If you're like me and like feeling like a project is doable in a short amount of time, this one for you! This entire project took about 1 hour!
This bench has been green, red, yellow, blue and now I wanted something fresh! I love to change colors with the seasons.
My go-to fabric for projects like this is bleached out dropcloth! Yes, the kind of dropcloth that painters and movers use. Dropcloth is durable, bleachable and holds-up to so much especially when it comes to recovering this loved bench. The best part is, it's CHEAP!
At about $2/ yard, it is a good amount of fabric for the price which makes it an easy choice for furniture. You can bleach it, paint it, dye it! The options are endless! Check out my friend Lisa's video about dyeing dropcloth.
But you are saying, white? Really?
You have 4 kids and you are making the bench white. Yup! I have made this cover easy to come off and toss in the washer with a bit of bleach to brighten it back up!
It happens to be the spot where the little ones watch the big ones get on the bus in the morning. They get so excited to wave to them and several morning breakfasts have been spilled and rubbed in. I like that its something I know I can bleach out or simply hand clean with a hot rag and my homemade cleaner. Voila!
(P.S. Yes that cool phone you see, actually works! YES! You can see how I made our 1950's phone work and is now our landline, here!)
This little bench now has the kind of color that can go with any seasonal accent color. A simple pillow and an easy to sew cover adds just the right cozy touch. Oh, and who can help but add one of our sheep hides, this time of year?
Recovering a basic bench
You can use this method on so many different pieces of furniture. Now the only question is, what will you start with first?