Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Front Hall Bench Is Finally Finished.... After The Second Re-Do

As soon as I finished recovering my bench with the first fabric I'd chosen, I realized with much distress, that I hated it. HATED. IT. Seriously. That has never happened before. Apparently, the aging brain likes to play tricks on us and they really aren't very funny. Furthermore, my aging brain (and eyes) didn't happen to notice that the first bunch of fabric I bought was for wallcoverings. No wonder it was impossible to work with.

So, I ventured back to Hancock Fabrics for the umpteenth time to look for suitable upholstery fabric, with no luck. Next, I drove across town to Hobby Lobby and BINGO! There it was. The. Fabric. It was the fabric I really wanted. No, it wasn't on sale like the first crop of fabric. This fabric was like $30.00 per yard. Yikes! The *go with* fabric was slightly lower but there was only 1-1/2 yards. I bought it anyway. I'll figure out a way to use it with this material for the window treatments in the kitchen. The first batch of material is up for grabs. If you want, you've got it. Just let me know. What a waste of time and money!

Anyhoo, after painfully removing all the staples from the first recover job, I started on my second recover job to the same bench. Will I ever learn? I'm not completely sure that I had a lesson to learn here other than *LOVE the fabric you go with*. If you're not that excited about the fabric then you're probably not going to be very thrilled about the final outcome. Seems simple enough, right? Apparently not.

At this point, my hands, arms, back, and elbows are in *deep ache mode* so I just downed a handful of Advil while saying a prayer and asking God to remove my pain. I'm not sure which one worked but I'm thankful anyway. However, I am absolutely thrilled with my bench now, in spite of said pain and whining. Even Mr. Snoots commented that it was far better than the try before. He actually told me to throw away the first bunch of fabric, which of course, I can't do.

Hubby offered to help but I'm all too familiar with his whole *it's just fine* method of imperfection. No thanks. I'm bad enough on my own. Really. And, since this Queen Anne bench is the first thing you see when walking through the front door, I needed it to be absolutely perfect... sans Snooty, of course (which means there are a few hidden minor imperfections I can live with).

Still, I'm just loving my bench now, as well as my *new* recovered computer chair. Trouble likes them as well, damn it! There is not a single piece of furniture in this house that doesn't have her signature all over them (as in massive amounts of cat hair, dander, and dirt).

I also plan to use the rest of the new fabric to recover the kitchen table chair seats along with window treatments for the windows and the door, for the first time in 15 years. I'd say this project is looooong past due, wouldn't you? Have you done any refurbishing lately?

I'd actually like to use this gold pillow rather than the red but black and white cat hair definitely trumps that decision. Think I'll go with the dark red pillow. It. Is. Spring.

My next project will be recovering the breakfast table chairs and the window treatments in the kitchen. I can hardly wait! 

This is how it looked when I started the recover job. Ugh for ugly.


The Incredible Woody said...

Wow! That bench look fantastic!!

Bodacious Boomer said...

Your bench re-do looks like quite the pro job. Congratulations on a job well done.

Mental P Mama said...

I spy a new business opportunity;)

BJ Roan said...

Well worth the effort! It's gorgeous. Love, love, love the new fabric!

I have 6 dining room chairs in dire need of recovering. Perhaps I'll give it a go next winter. Too much to do outside right now.

Oh, and thanks for your very nice comment on Rubbish.

Snooty Primadona said...

I'd really like to learn how to refinish old beat up pieces of furniture & make them beautiful, then turn them for a profit, but it's just a pipe dream at this point. Out here everyone thinks their old beat up furniture is antique & worth a fortune, LOL! It's not, but that doesn't stop folks from demanding high prices. So far, I can't find a piece I can afford to screw up....


Brandon @ Southgate said...

That looks great!! I need to learn how to reupholster things, Im keeping my guy in business right now!

Sjn said...

finding the right fabric can take time. I know. My combinations are not what's "in" right now so I have to search. I've just learned to keep looking and not settle.
I think your bench looks great!

Tammy said...

I love it! The second fabric is so much prettier that the other one. I love reds!

Grandma Nina said...

Good job, Snoots! I Loooove makeovers! Hey, that "go with" fabric would make some nice throw pillows!
My hubby is like yours in that "good enough" would work for him. Not me! He gets really irritated with me when I'm on a project because I'm so slow.
Good luck on your next project!


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