One sunny Friday in October I decided to take a little drive on my lunch hour. It was unusually warm and I was tired of sitting at my desk all week. I stumbled on a Barn Sale and found this bench, that I stole for $10. I knew I could do something with it, if I could just find the right fabric. (The woman who sold it to me asked me to send her a picture of the makeover when it was done.)
I wanted something modern, in a simple, luxury print. Gray is my new favorite decorating color, so I had a starting point. I checked all kinds of websites and images on-line and considered a few of these patterns:
Then I remembered this bench I saw in Kirkland's that I just loved.
Maybe I could make something similar.
This tan damask print was pretty, but it wasn't gray.
Then, I found this on an Etsy site (Fabric Secret) - Yep, this was it!
I decided I could make a couple pillows for it and I found this cute coordinating (negative print) fabric and ordered them instantly.
Though she (Vivian at FABRIC SECRET) shipped fast, I was so anxious to get started.
I sweet talked my husband into painting the legs. (Actually, he won't let me spray paint in his garage anymore because I'm a little messy - so he does ALL my spray painting).
I won't go into to all the upholstery details, but I had to replace all the foam padding and batting under the old, dirty fabric. And this is my result:
But it's too wide for my foyer where I wanted to place it. So I decided to post it on Facebook for sale to see if I could sell it. I had sold other pieces on my So Very Shari Creations page (Like me at
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/So-Very-Shari-Creations/266454463458868). I listed it to see what would happen. In the mean time, I had mailed a picture of it to the previous owner with my business card.
She and her husband sent me a friend request on Facebook and commented on the photo I had placed on my page. When she asked how much I wanted for it, I was a little embarrased to tell her the price, since she knew I only paid $10. But I figured I had some time and money into it. Without hesitation she said "I'll take it"! I was estatic. The bench was to be returned home.