First, I want to thank you for all the love on Bowie’s new buffalo check headboard! She is loving the new additions to her room! Do you remember the vintage bench that used to be at the foot of her bed? Well, we reupholstered it and spraypainted it and it couldn’t look better! Here is a complete step-by-step tutorial on how to redo a vintage chinoiserie bench.
But first, take a look at the before & after. Not bad!
And some more after shots:
- First, we detached the top cushion from the base with a screwdriver. I took the bottom portion outside, sanded it with 150 grit sandpaper, wiped it down with a damp cloth, and then sprapainted it with Rustoleum’s 2-in-1 Primer and Spraypaint in High Gloss White. I did probably four light coats waiting at least a minute in between (per the instructions.)
- While the spraypaint was setting (I left it to set 2.5 days to be sure!) I removed the old fabric from the cushion using a needle nose plier and a flat head screwdriver.
- 3. After laying the fabric on top, I set about stapling it.First, put a few staples in each side making sure to pull the fabric really taut. Start at the middle of each side and then work your way out. Then go back and put in additional staples all the way until you get to the corner. Then do your best to create a rounded corner. Trim off the excess fabric.
- Make the cording. It is best to make the cording using the fabric on a diagonal if possible. That way it minimizes the ruching of the fabric.
- Attach the cording to the cushion with a staple gun.
- Then attach the protective cover over the bottom. We didn’t need to buy new fabric, but you can get this at any JoAnn fabrics (we couldn’t find it at Michael’s).
7. Reattach the cushion to the base. Voila!
What are your thoughts on DIY upholstery? Have you ever reupholstered a bench?