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Three chairs become a bench. I hit the neighborhood garage sale recently and bought three white chairs.
The minute I saw them I thought they would make a great bench.
This is what they looked like when I bought them. Really gross! They were already white and distressed, so I thought once the material was removed and the wood cleaned up I would be able to use the existing finish. WRONG! The wood did not clean up. Definitely needed a new paint job.
Once that was done I had the royal carpenter, The Hubs, put all of the chairs together. ( I swear I had pictures of this part, but for the life of me I can’t find them. I really have to get a better system!) Basically, this is what he did:
He positioned the chairs so that the front legs all lined up together. Then made a template of the seating area that he that he would use to cut out a seat for the bench. Then, using the template, he cut a piece of plywood for the seat. Once that was done he screwed the seat onto the chairs. Ta Da! Three chairs become a bench!
Time to add foam padding and cover the bench with material.
Now for the backs. I covered the existing wooden backs and foam padding as they were in pretty good shape. I used the black and tan fabric for the back part of the panel and the same tan fabric for the front. Once all three were covered I stapled them to the chairs.
Now that all the stapling was done, it was time to add some gimp – or upholstery jewelry – to finish the bench.
Three chairs become a bench. I love the clean lines of the backs of the chairs. Yet the legs have great beautiful detail.
Here’s a close up of the finish. White with gray dry brushed paint. And a lot of distressing.
Y’all know that the black and tan fabric is one of my favorites. My living room curtains are made of it!
I love that this bench is “neutral” but the back panels give it a lot of personality.
This bench would be great in a dining room, an entry way or even at the foot of the bed. Ya gotta love versatility!