Location: San Francisco
Time: The upholstering took several evenings. The painting took about 1.5 hours total, without counting time for paint to dry; it was oil based.
Cost: I spent under $50 for this project, including the cost of the bench originally and the fabric.
Tell us the tools and resources you used for the project: Glazing liquid
Good stain for tint
I bought the original bench on eBay, as well as the fabric.
I already owned the painting supplies.
I bought upholstery tacks at hardware store and trim (called scrim I think) to cover the staples at Britex fabrics.
Share step-by-step instructions for how you completed the project:
I bought this new inexpensive bench on eBay but I did not like the fabric or the light color of the wood.
I bought a yard of plush fabric with a simple leopard pattern on eBay. When it arrived I could smell that it had been in a home with smokers so I had to hang the fabric outside on some windy days to get rid of the smell but it worked.
First I took off the old upholstery tacks and gold scrim that had been on the original bench.
I measured the length of the scrim in order to get the right amount of new scrim. I decided to leave the lightweight fabric already on the bench and just cover over it, rather than remove all the staples, as there were many.
The legs on the bench come off so I removed them and brought the bench downstairs to darken the wood.
I should have lightly sanded the wood but I did not. I mixed up the glazing liquid and some dark wood stain. I applied the glaze but after one coat I realized I wanted it darker so I applied two more coats, letting it dry in between.
Then I cut a piece of the fabric large enough with some extra, to cover the bench.
I began stapling all around the top, beginning with opposite sides, stretching the fabric as best I could. Sometimes the staple would not attach due to the original staples underneath but I managed to find a good place for the staples eventually.
Then I trimmed the fabric to just below the staples with scissors and box cutters.
I applied the new scrim with black upholstery tacks. I used black instead of the more traditional 'brass' look ones because I was not sure if I could maintain a perfectly straight line of tacks and I thought the black on the black scrim would be less obvious. I used a rubber mallet to tap in the tacks which I covered with cardboard in order to keep the black finish on the tacks from chipping off. I used fewer tacks than the original bench. At the corners I folded in the fabric just as the fabric underneath was folded.
Then I screwed in the legs and voila, my new bench.