I adopted a bench. It was homeless and needed a home that would show a little TLC. My foyer was empty and feeling neglected too, so, Mr. Cozi and I bought it from a nice man at the 181 Flea Market here in Fairhope and brought it home.

Painting a Bench

Although it was a happy purchase, it looked a little dark and dreary in it’s new home, so I decided to give it a little attention to cheer us all up. Here’s a sneak peak of how it turned out…

Adopt a Bench

Here are a few before pictures:

The tender loving care included removing the glued-on trim, removing the upholstery, painting, waxing and then reupholstering with a nail head trim. It took a few days, but I am very pleased with the results.

  1. I used a steamer to soften the glue and remove the trim. This was actually the easiest part of the job.
  2. Then I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of Amy Howard Chalk-paint in Chelsea and used a dark wax.
  3. I added the upholstery and attached the nail heads. (Sorry, I forgot to get pictures of this process, but it was fairly easy.) I used the nail heads that were on a roll and just had to add nails at 4 space intervals.

Bench 16a

Doesn’t it look so much cheerier?

Bench 14a

Bench 12a

It is now a welcoming piece to come home to and helps define my entrance.

Foyer

Foyer Definition

We have an open floor plan and there was no place for furniture in the foyer… Until I adopted a bench.