Another’s Junk? A Dream Gem.

Out on our evening walk with the pup, we spotted it.  For weeks, we’ve been scouring Craig’s List for a bench.  A simple, dark wood, upholstered bench to fill up a bleak spot between our kitchen and family room.

And there she was.

In our neighbor’s yard, not near the trash can, not near the sidewalk.  Just sitting in the yard.  She was perfect!  Dark wood legs and sides with a seat that looked simple to reupholster (we’d never done that before, but what the heck?).

So, we rang the doorbell, introduced ourselves, and asked, “So… the bench in your front yard… is that lawn furniture?  Did you forget it was there?   Any chance you’re anxious to part with it?”  The answer was great news for new homeowners on a tight budget… “Oh, that’s yours if you want it.”  SCORE!  After chatting with the neighbors a little longer, watching them love on Bowdoin (what dog lover doesn’t love a good snuggle with a bulldog?!), and inviting them to our open house the following week… we snatched up that bench, cut our walk short, and embarked on a quick and EASY DIY project.

then

then

now!

now!

The transformation literally took 30 minutes.  So fast, our pictures are a bit blurry…

we took a paint pen that we already had and touched up a few worn spots...

we took a paint pen that we already had and touched up a few worn spots...

the seat was secured with four screws and super easy to remove...

the seat was secured with four screws and super easy to remove...

the label we spotted when we flipped her over... nice!

the label we spotted when we flipped her over... nice!

We had already purchased two yards of blue fabric that matched our décor at a discount home fabric store.  (It was the end of the bolt, total cost = $6. ) The intention was to use the blue fabric for pillows, but this project only needed one yard – so there’s still plenty left over.

we stapled the fabric to the seat...

we stapled the fabric to the seat...

pulled it taught and maneuvered around the tricky corners...

pulled it taught and maneuvered around the tricky corners...

Moments later…

we popped her back into place...

we popped her back into place...

screwed her back in...

screwed her back in...

and… voila!  A new to us gem!

and… voila! A new to us gem!

This little spot isn’t quite done.  Soon, we’ll put DIY pillows atop the bench and adorn the wall… with… here’s a hint…

yep... we still have a lot of work to do!

yep... we still have a lot of work to do!

Total cost = $3.  (That was the cost of the fabric we used, everything else we already had or was FREE!)

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

3 Responses to Another’s Junk? A Dream Gem.

  1. amyb October 9, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    FREE?? NO kiddin?I love it….wow girl, you are on a roll!!!! I might have to mail you a t shirt…..you’ll see….

  2. Rebecca October 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    A-ma-zing!!!! 🙂

  3. Monica Saeed March 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    An upholstered bedroom bench can be used to add a romantic or old-world feel to your intimate space. It can also be covered with rich, colorful fabrics chosen from a large tapestry of colors and designs to match your existing bedroom decor. If you want something a little more personal or unique, simply cover your upholstered bedroom bench with your own needlepoint work or family heirloom fabrics.

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