How I Upholstered a Chalk Painted Bench
Do you remember how I chalk painted an upholstered bench? Well, you can see from the picture below it was cracking, and mostly on the seat. It’s too bad too, because I was so pleased with how the bench had turned out. The only thing that I can think that may have caused it to crack, was that I didn’t seal it with wax because it had such a nice vinyl-like feel to it, so I didn’t think it was necessary. My solution to the problem of the cracking paint was to re-upholster the bench using a drop cloth that I bought at Lowe’s for about $10.
I’ll start by saying, this wasn’t my first piece to upholster, but I’m no expert either. I started taking the bench apart piece by piece. There actually wasn’t much to it. I stopped multiple times to take pictures. I also talked myself through the process of how the bench was originally upholstered, so I had a good comprehension of how it was put together, so I could more easily return it to its original state. As I was taking it apart, I was surprised that the cushion part was actually paintless. Can you believe that? I put on around 8 coats of chalk paint, you would think that some of that paint would have seeped through to the batting, but not a drop was to be found.
As soon as I got all the old chalk painted fabric off, and all raised staples removed, I was able to staple the drop cloth onto the bench. I started with the seat portion. I then covered the arm rests, followed by the front and back of the bottom lip, and finished off with the side portions.
To hide all those staples, I chose to cut some of the leftover drop cloth into strips, and sew the ends together to make a long, narrow strand of fabric.
I crocheted that long, narrow piece of drop cloth using a simple single crochet stitch. I also made 4 short crocheted strips for the bottom side pieces. I hot glued all the crocheted pieces on the bench to hide the staples.
I also tied some drop cloth strips into knots and hot glued them onto the armrests to hide the staples.
Here’s the finished bench. It’s not perfect by any means, but I think I did ok on this. I’m thinking about painting the legs at some point, still uncertain on what color I would use. So what do you all think of the new look on this bench?
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