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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Finished Project- The Bench!



So here is my finished project! It was a lot of fun and took a little longer than I thought, but still not to long! The bench cost me $2.00 from the D.I. I knew right away it had potential and loved it, even though it was sooooo nasty.

I (with Beau's help, of course) cut out the middle and side pieces of board. I thought they were supports, but luckily they weren't. I then took off that nasty fabric. This part took more work than I thought because of the thousands of staples I had to remove one at a time with pliers. Next, I sanded the wood and then painted. My paint color changed three times before I just decided on black again.

Beau cut me a board for the base. I then added a little padding (a thin $2.00 pillow) and then stapled fabric over top of the base. The upholstery fabric cost me $2.50 for 1/2 yard. I added a few upholstery tacks, and some rick rack around the edge. So the grand total cost me- drum roll please- $8.25 to make. I did have the paint on hand so I didn't need to buy that or brushes!

I am so pleased with the turn out. I know Beau loves it too! The whole reason I bought it was because Beau hated coming home and having to stand to take off his big ole' work boots. So now he can sit down and remove his shoes (preventing me from mopping again-ha) and also tuck his boots underneath of the bench on the basket! It is so great!! Hope you are feeling inspired to make some great and share- I LOVE new ideas!!

Now all I need is a square basket to go underneath instead of the round one! Hopefully I will find one soon!

15 comments:

The Calder Crowd said...

I LOVE your bench! I want to buy it from you, I think you should start your own business! I wish I was that great at seeing the potential in something. I am impressed!!

Amber Lee said...

Wow, Bonnie, you're so amazing. I seriously have got to learn some things from you!

Roylance Rec. Center said...

It looks so beautiful. good Job
love ali

Hanna Terrill said...

I love it!! Finally something for inspiration. You are so talented Bon, your house is so beautiful! I need to look for one for my upatairs hallway.Only I'll use it for a time out bench, not as exciting!

Katie Lee said...

love love love it. Such a good idea. I really need to start making stuff. I actually want to make 3 window boxes... you should really help me with that. Love you!

KJWilsons said...

I think you should start everything out black because you always end up liking it the best! Looks great!

Robinson Gang said...

Bonnie,

This is Amy Robinson. I always check your blog for cute craft ideas. I love your taste and the cute things you do. I hope you don't care that I look at your blog. Thanks for all the great ideas and keep up the good work.

Amy

Rivka said...

Looks great, Bon. I'm just starting the decorating fun in my house thanks to the ol' tax return. I'll be sure to post my work. You've been a great inspiration.

Gina Lee said...

So cute!

Jas, Kris & Kiddies said...

Bonnie the bench turned out so good!! It looks darling. You are way creative. Love the fabric you chose. Can't wait for your next project.

Our little "love"ll bug family said...

Good job Bon, way to finish it up and put Beau to work. . . in your living room? Brave woman, the benifits of laminate, right? See you on Wednesday.

jenn said...

looks fab bon! i love seeing all of the fun things that you are working on... someday i think that i will be able to do that!

The Cosson Family said...

It looks like the pillows are made from French Toille (I think that is how you spell it), love, love, love them! You did a wonderful job.
Again, you are such a creative person. I enjoy looking at all your stuff...it inspires me.

Nelson Family said...

I love the bench too. You were lucky to find it at DI. Everytime I go, the good stuff is already sold. It turned out great. I love doing that kind of stuff too!

Becca said...

suh-weet!