So, I'd been meaning to get to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Resale Outlet for years. No joke. Somehow this weekend, I finally got there. If you haven't been, it's basically a warehouse (in Rochester) with donated home improvement supplies, house accessories, and appliances. I roamed the aisles dreaming up project after project...maybe a mudroom, or new tile in the foyer, or a new light fixture in the dining room, or even a glass door for the laundry room to let in more light. I'm telling you there were aisles and aisles of ideas, until I stumbled upon this idea.
A piano bench. For the piano we don't have. But it has potential right? I thought I could reupholster it with a cute cushion and add piping (even though I've never done that) and we could put it someplace fun (even though I had no idea where), so of course, I bought it for $5.
|Ain't she a beauty?|
Then, I went shopping at JoAnn's for foam, fabric, and trim. After that, I dragged my son to Home Depot where they mixed us up a sample size of paint.
When, we got home, we painted. Of course my sons wanted in on the action. So, I gave them each a tiny brush and said they could paint "the most important part." My oldest son saw right through my antics, but my youngest son was thrilled.
|This bench took three coats.|
I was all about sewing the cushion and adding the piping. I watched a few YouTube videos to learn.
Here's the cushion sewing process in a nutshell...cut out the fabric, sew all the sides together in a loop. Sew the trim onto the loop of side fabrics. Sew the top onto the sides. (You should just watch the videos.) As I was sewing the cushion, I was thinking, "man, it would really suck to screw this up, since I'm now stitching the trim all the way around." And guess what? I totally screwed it up. It turns out that you should take really careful measurements with cushion making. So, I sewed this cushion twice. It was awesome.
Once the cushion was sewed (twice), I stapled it over the foam and onto the board (No pictures of this, sorry.) Then, I hot glued the trim on the bottom of the board.Finally, I hot glued black fabric on the underside of the bench to cover up the staples and edges from the top cushion and piping.
Here's the final product...
And some before and afters...
The last step was finding a place for it.
|Note: All the junk normally on my sewing table has been placed behind me for this photo.|
Bench - $5
Paint - $3
Foam - $2.00 (it was a remnant)
Fabric - $1.80 (on sale)
Piping - 1 at $1.99 and the other at $1.20 (with 40% off coupon)
TOTAL: $14.99 (not including tax and the hot glue and the staples and my sweat and tears)
Anyway, I'm off to the ReStore Resale Outlet, we need a piano,
Mrs. Gosling comment: I'm intrigued and I have finally decided what your true calling is. Making cushions for patio furniture! That piping work is DA BOMB. Very nice! Weren't you talking about shaking up your sunroom? I can't wait to see the fabric work in there (sorry Mrs. W's real hubby).