It seems like a long time ago, but do you all remember when I gave this bench 2 makeovers? The first makeover I painted it with chalky paint, and when that didn’t work out too well, I ended up reupholstering it. After I reupholstered it with drop cloth, it just looked too rustic for my little girls’ room, so I moved it to the living room. In this post I’ll be sharing How to Repurpose a Bench Using Jeans and Fabric Scraps.
Well it sat there for a long time, and it served its purpose well until the 4th of July. A used, cooled down smoke bomb got placed on the bench and it ended up staining it really bad. I tried washing the stain out, but only made it worse. The bench became an eye sore, and I moved it to different places around the house, so I wouldn’t have to look at it, and eventually it ended up in the garage. Thankfully this repurposing challenge has motivated me to get this bench reupholstered because I put it off for a while not wanting to rip into the bench and recover it again.
The inspiration for this bench came from my favorite rocking chair, I loved the patchwork look so much I wanted to carry it into this bench too. I had several pairs of jeans in my repurposing stash, along with some fabric scraps that would match the rocking chair and tie the two pieces together.
After I got the drop cloth tore off the bench, I was able to start recovering the piece. I got my sewing machine out and sewed together blocks of different size for this recovering. The seat is composed of big and small pieces of jean and fabric scrap blocks.
I used the legs of jeans and turned them inside out for the arm rests.
I simply twisted the jean legs to create this look for the arm rest.
Little quilt blocks were sewn together for some of the wrap around on the bench. All the fabric was attached using a heavy duty stapler.
I also used the lace that I had cut off from a garage sale pillow that I showed you in this post, to hide the seams. I used hot glue to attach the lace.
I sanded the legs of the bench imperfectly and stained them with Dark Walnut, and when the stain was dry, I put finishing wax on them. The legs were then re-attached.
This was just an old piece of cedar that I sanded down and stenciled, and sealed with wax.
What do you think of this bench? The lines aren’t perfectly straight on my sewing job, but I think it ties in with the rustic charm of this bench and the rocking chair. This will find its home in the master bedroom as well. Thanks for sharing this bench makeover!!
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