Tuesday, 30 April 2013

From old and busted to new and fabulous

This past weekend marked the opening of one of my favourite Sunday excursions: a trip to the aberfoyle antique market (http://www.aberfoyle-antiques.com/).  If you live anywhere near Guelph, you should go.  I live in Toronto and it's totally worth the trip, even if just for the fresh air and the "aberfoyle burger" (peameal bacon, cheese and sauteed onions, holla!).  This past Sunday was the opening weekend for the season and it did not disappoint.  I managed to pick up a few things for my chateau (ahem, small semi-detached house). One of these things was a small bench.

I had been looking for a small bench to put in my hallway for a while, but hadn't been able to find anything that would fit in the space.  Well, I spotted one amongst old chairs, pac man signs, gargoyles and tea cups.  But like many things in antique markets, it could use a little love and care.  The upholstery was ugly and worn and the foam was lumpy (is lumpy ever a good look for anything?).  Since a little hard work never hurt anyone, I forked over a whopping 20 bucks and brought that sucker home.

I rummaged through some sample fabric that I just happened to have around and was lucky enough to find one that worked.  Here's how it went:

Flat head screw driver
Staple Gun with staples
Cotton Badding
(I got a little fancy on this one so I needed a sewing machine)

1) Flip the bench over and remove all the old tacks and staples - I used the screwdriver and hammer for this.  Get rid of that old lumpy badding

I was lucky that the foam was still in really good shape so I could reuse it

2) lay the fabric on top and pin the trim right sides together to create a border

3) sew all four sides

4) lay new badding on foam and secure with a few staples

5) place fabric where you want it and turn the bench upside down again.

6) pull the fabric taught and staple the middle of each side

7) fold the corners and staple (this was probably the trickiest part and required a little manoeuvring)

8) put in a few more staples, remembering to pull the fabric taught.  Trim any excess fabric

9) flip that bad boy right side up and admire your handy work