I have taken a serious shine to these benches by Junktion. Wooden chairs cut in half and outfitted with a bench top that simultaneously
Two very crafty and ingenious sisters turned the $10 flea market table pictured above into the lux, tufted bench below. To
From the time-lapse sofa, to a professionally tufted side chair, reupholstery is still on the front burner as we head into 2011. As the veil is lifted on basic upholstery techniques, many more DIY-ers are jumping in. If you start simple, don't spend a lot of money on fabric or furniture right out of the gate, why not try it? You may be suprised what you can do. I continually remind my students that almost every mistake can be fixed or disguised. Take a look at what made the cut.
It never ceases to amaze me what people can do with basic Ikea furniture. Charles Crawford of Crawford Creative Studio took the ubiquitous Lack Side Table and turned it into a sweet, mod clock and table lamp.
Photo Image: Re-Nest
Upholstery and reupholstery encompass a very wide spectrum. Recovering your kitchen chair seat is very DIY friendly. However, reupholstering a La-Z-Boy will bring most first timers to their knees. Over at Re-Nest we got a glimpse into the upholstery classes taught by Matthew Haly.
Remember this? See how it transformed...
The Gorm Shelving System from Ikea is a unique offering - it's made of real fir, rather than Ikea's might-as-well-have-invented-it laminate-coated compressed fiberboard recipe. Cool, but the downside? Sometimes softwoods simply ain't straight, and your Gorm ends up a little crooked.
No worries, says Randofo. I'll just make a bench outta it.
Photo Images: Velvet & Linen
The path to fabulous sites is not usually a deliberate one. Sometimes you just happen to fall into a blog that you didn't dream existed. First, I tripped on Cococozy, a new favorite, and this gorgeous oval turquoise tufted ottoman. Then, I was stopped dead in my tracks when I started reading
Monday night Janet finished upholstering her salvaged bench. Talk about "student teaching the teacher", she paid such close attention to every detail of her rehab, it was a good reminder for me to slow down a bit to experience the experience. Ha!
Viewing someone's project out of context doesn't always convey it's fabulousness. In my Monday Night Upholstery post yesterday, there was no way to understand how the green cushion would look at home. This morning she sent me this photo of her handmade, three button boxed and corded bench cushion. She can now make boxed and corded cushions whenever she wants to. Teaching to fish...
Carpenter Ryan McPhail took 3 worn, secondhand chairs, which he bought for 18 bucks a piece, and turned them into one clever bench. The seats of the chairs were broken, so this reincarnation seemed the perfect solution! To make one of your own, you'll to gather the following:
An ordinary iron bench with a white vinyl top is the perfect beginning upholstery project to dig into on a summer day.
The benefits are threefold:
1. It's easy enough for almost anyone to do
2. It delivers instant gratification
If you're planning to entertain this hot summer weekend and the thought of guests sitting on your bare garden bench makes you feel very un-Martha-like, don't panic. Honestly, you can whip up this NO SEW fold and glue garden cushion in about 45 minutes to adorn your charming garden.
What do you do with an old coffee table with a dinged up or stained top? Turn it into a soft, lovely, upholstered bench for your hallway, end of your bed or as an upholstered ottoman in front of the sofa. This pine bench was $13.99 at Goodwill (a little overpriced in my opinion). With some fresh new fabric, supplies and these simple instructions, it morphed into a different creature.
FIND A TABLE AND LET'S GET STARTED!
Tisch 5's bench-in-a-box prototype is what it says it is: a bench in a box. Expand it to fit you and a buddy or your whole entourage. To see more pictures of the clever cardboard bench box, go to Tisch 5.
My favorite shape is the ammonite-like swirl. (Is it weird to have a favorite shape?) Anyway, when I saw this Wild Wave Beach available through Manhattan Loft, I swooned a little bit. The retailer compares its form to the Clef musical symbol, but I only see my beloved ammonite spiral. The very cool Wild Wave, which is available in various fabrics, starts at 989 bucks and rises, depending upon your fabric choice.
A while back I posted a how-to on using wrapping paper to enlarge scaled drawings. My inspiration to turn to Hallmark was prompted by a cedar park bench MWT was making. Well, this weekend he finished it, and I thought I’d post a pic of the completed project.
On the Curbly woodworkers scale, MWT would label this project ‘easy’ for an experienced woodworker, and ‘moderate’ for those somewhat new to the craft but wanting a challenge. As always when...
"The bench frame and top are made of 2-by-6 decking. (We used redwood, but you could substitute cedar or pressure-treated lumber.) For a comfortable seating height, choose pots that are about 18 inches tall and wide (no wider than 19 inches for this bench). Look for thick-walled, wide-lipped pots that have been glazed (that is, hardened); avoid unfired terra-cotta. For safety, lift bench top periodically and check pots for cracks."