So- if you remember my previous post- about this old bench....you might be impressed by the results (I know I certainly am!)
Here are the tools I employed.
The first step was to remove all of the old fabric- it was really gross. This was the most tedious part- there were MANY staples that needed to be pulled out!!!
The legs are a whole other story- and they probably took up the most time in the entire project. Basically- they were poorly assembled/attached in the first place- so over the years
we D, has reattached them more securely- so after all of the re-upholstering was done, there was more than one HD trip spent getting supplies for the final leg repair:)
I decided to leave the old batting on- which wasn't in too bad of shape- and add an extra layer. I ended up getting a twin size egg crate ($8) and cutting it to fit width wise over the 3 sides (I left the ends alone).
I used this to hold it in place while I stapled it around the bench.
Once that was done I headed downstairs to the sewing room to begin the cover!
I cut 5 panels of the oilcloth, leaving 1" seam allowance. Then I pinned them into place.
I'll admit- I was a little nervous about the sewing (having never used the oil cloth before)- but it was super-easy! The hardest part was probably handling the inflexibility of the fabric- especially since I was sewing such a large item- but other than that- it was great!
I found some tips on the process here.
Oh- and I had this lovely little helper boy in tow during the process. He's my professional pin-sticker. Dangerous???? perhaps- but I look at it as a dexterity building exercise, great for fine motor coordination:) He was happy as can be!
After sewing together the 3 side panels, I pinned the edges on while the sewn panels were inside out on the bench, slid off the pined cover- and finished stitching.
It fits pretty good!
Then we reattached all the legs- and put it in it's resting place at the kitchen table.
It reminds me of vinyl furniture covers that would be in a grandparents house...but classier;)
Perfect for a house with little ones, I can literally just wipe it right off!
here, fabulous service by the way;) and a great selection of oil cloth!
This weeks Project List :
#1: pillow covers (1 for a little bolster for Mosie's bed, and 2 for the living room pillows here- wait till you see the fabric I got for these- it's awesome!!!)
#2: paint the kids dining set and cover the table top with the matching oil cloth I used on the bench.