>A Cinderella Story

>I am so excited to show you this project…I can honestly say this was one of my FAVORITES EVER!! 🙂

I bought this bench last week at my local thrift store for $3.90. This was a rare find…the thrift store around here usually NEVER has interesting furniture…usually it’s plastic-y, beyond repair, and over-priced. So I was really excited when I found this bench in great structural condition – just completely ugly!

Now, I have been drooling over all of these re-upholstered projects…and I have been so scared to try my own! I decided that since this bench was so cheap, and it was so simple to re-upholster (not like a crazy chair or anything)…I could try it! First step: primer!

Next step: spray paint the inside Next: painted the outside, legs, and underside Now comes the fun part. Part of the reason I stayed away from re-upholstering…I had no staple gun! I assumed it was expensive…and we all know I couldn’t afford that. However, I got one at Wal*Mart for $8.88! What?! I had no idea! So exciting! But before I could use my new stapler…I had to remove allllll of those lovely staples already in there. Ugh. I have many cuts on my thumbs now… 😦
Enter…the new stapler! I cut my beautiful black and white fabric to size, pulled the corners tight, and stapled them into place first. I then went around the borders and put the remaining fabric. I had to also cut around the hinges. Then I used a cute small polka-dotted fabric to cover that ugly “wood” I just love black and white…and I wanted to add a little more interest to the inside…so I measured and the mod-podged some b&w scrapbook paper on the inside… Yes! Now I just had to re-attach the hinges…and I took it outside for a modeling shoot!! 🙂

Just look at how sophisticated she is now! I do think this is a true “Cinderella Story”!! And the re-upholstering was so much easier on this project than I thought it would be!!

Here’s some more glamour shots…

Cost Breakdown:

Bench: $3.90
Paint: Leftover from my Kitchen Table project
Scrapbook paper: Around the house
Polkadot fabric: From my closet
B&W print fabric: Normally $9.99 a yard, got it for 50% off, plus 15% off (teacher discount), and I only bought 3/4 yard: $3.18
Staple gun: $8.88
Total Cost: $15.96
Plus- I now have a staple gun! Woohoo! 🙂
**UPDATE: I posted this on Craigslist on Sunday evening…and someone came to my house and bought it on Monday evening! YES! It will now be living in a chic black & white salon. So perfect!**
43 Responses to “>A Cinderella Story”
  1. Ginette says:

    >What a fabulous find and great job on the refurb! I happend upon your blog & glad I did. I love projects like this!

  2. Jacqueline says:

    >Hopping over from JSIWUM. This is a great redo. I love your color and fabric choices. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Jill says:

    >Great job! – and fantasic bargain for the staple gun too!Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit.Hope you have a lovely week!Jill @ Creating my way to Successhttp://jembellish.blogspot.com/

  4. >It turned out GREAT! Hannah

  5. Tanya says:

    >Cinderella indeed!

  6. >You did a great job and left nothing untouched! I wish I lived closer. It would be coming home with me!Lacy

  7. >Looks fantastic! The old fabric was very funky! I love the black & white fabric!

  8. Allison says:

    >That looks fabulous! Great job! Love your fabric. Thanks for linking it up!

  9. burlap+blue says:

    >LOVE this! I have been looking for a bench to redo and this project makes me want to find one even more! xo

  10. >Amazing! Your bench turned out great. I'm so ready to tackle my ugly piano bench now – thanks!

  11. Chrissie says:

    >Beautiful job! The details totally make it. I love the black and white too!

  12. Shelayna says:

    >I am so jealous!! That bench turned out so great!! shelblogs.blogspot.com

  13. >Cute bench. LOVE the makeover. I already featured your sweater project last week – the day that I wrote the comment. I hope you don't mind.

  14. >Wow! Well done! I love the bold black and white patterns you chose. What a transformation.

  15. Olivia Renn says:

    >Great transformation! Thanks for linking up at Olivia Renn!

  16. Jan says:

    >Beautiful!! My thrift store is the same way with furniture – but I always check. I just know that one day I'm going to find something GOOD! And I had no idea you could get a staple gun at Walmart for cheap!! I, like you, had always assumed they were expensive. Thanks for sharing!Janwww.thesimpler-life.blogspot.com

  17. Krafty Kat says:

    >Gorgeous bench! I love black and white!

  18. >Looks fabulous! I like that you went the extra step to line it. Nicely done!

  19. >You really did a great job. Very professional too~ The fabric is so tasteful, and young, love it

  20. Martha anne says:

    >wow I love it! that was impressive. One day i will do this.. one day!

  21. Tara says:

    >Would love to have you link this up at Trendy Treehouse. We have a party every wednesday to share creative projects, recipes, ect. Hope you join in….http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2010/11/creative-share-blog-hop.html

  22. Hanna says:

    >Hi!! I'm your newest follower!! I found you on the blog hop! I love finding new blogs and your is lovely! You can find me at http://www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.comTake a *peek* at my giveaways if you come by. Everything is handmade and gorgeous!I love this bench and I can't believe you did it for so cheap:)

  23. Sabrina says:

    >LOVE your bench too! Great redo….I'm a sucker for graphic black/white prints. Thanks for stopping by my blog…I'm playing catch up!

  24. Meg says:

    >Congrats on your first reupholster job! It looks fantastic!

  25. >I can't believe how different it looks! I adore the fabric you used! The black with white is perfect! 🙂

  26. >This. My dear friend. Is fabulous.

  27. Patti says:

    >Great job….love the fabric you chose!

  28. Becca says:

    >This is a great idea! I love the fabric with the black paint. I'd love it if you'd come link this at my linky party. Every Friday I host Home and Family Friday.Beccabecca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

  29. >You have been doing such great work! I wanted to let you know that although I am a little behind on this that I couldn't let this beautiful project pass us up and I am planning on featuring it on 11/18 @ 5:00 pm! I hope that is exciting for you! Here is to some new readers!!Cassity

  30. >HiJust wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us…Barb

  31. Sharon says:

    >Hi! I just followed you here from Decor Momma where I saw your link on this bench. I just posted a bench re-do so I was excited to see what you had done with yours. Im also a big black & white fan :). You did an outstanding job! I have a piano bench as my next project so I'm looking foward to using the scrapbook paper idea on the inside like you did. My youngest daughter has aspergers & I noticed where you work with autistic children. It has been quite the learning experience for us & Im sure it will continue to be for quite some time. Looking forward to reading more on your site :)Sharon (www.crimsonlanelife.blogspot.com)

  32. DANA says:

    >I found this because you commented on my black and white becnh, how funny that they are so similar! Great minds think alike I guess! Thanks for stopping by!

  33. Holly says:

    >What a great find…what a great bench. YO made it super -FAB!

  34. Annie says:

    >I bought a piano bench similar to yours at Goodwill for $8. I decided to replace the nasty foam on the seat with a thicker foam before I added my fabric. Bad idea! It made the seat too tall and I'm going to have to start all over with and foam that's not so thick!

  35. >This looks great 🙂 Congrats on selling it, too!

  36. alyssha lynn says:

    >It's really gorgeous! I too have been drooling over these types of projects – I just got a table I need to dig into! You did such a great job and made it sound so easy 🙂 And that is GREAT that you sold it!

  37. >Hi Christina,You are so sweet to link this up for me! I am definitely going to cover my piano bench now! Thanks for the inspirationCarolyn

  38. Ruth H. says:

    >Beautiful! You've inspired me to transform my piano bench.

  39. Kate says:

    >I've also been thinking of transforming my piano bench…great inspiration! And, it's so cool that you were able to sell it! Well done. I'm visiting from CSI…good luck!

  40. Victoria says:

    >I just got myself one of these piano benches, at a yard sale for $4.00~~looking forward to re-doing mine, too! Thanx for the inspiration! And, I love the scrapbook paper idea on the inside! –Oh, I linked this post to my blog, hope you don't mind!

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