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Craigslist Bench – Million Dollar Upholstery Makeover

Craigslist Bench Million-Dollar Upholstery Makeover

Our first attempt at conquering this craigslist bench makeover was a failure. On the second attempt, we prevailed & transformed the $25.00 bench into a million-dollar makeover. Did I mention it only cost $52.00? Like most DIY’ers we had a majority of the materials & tools on-hand, which helps keep the cost per project low. 

how to re-upholster and add upholstery nail head trim to a craigslist furniture find

THE $25.00 CRAIGSLIST FIND

Our objectives for this craigslist bench makeover were to replace the hideous fabric & add additional padding.

craigslist bench makeover - the before

SUPPLY & MATERIAL LIST:

removing staples from the bench
Our “fancy” staple-removing tools

The tedious part was removing ALL of the staples. Yes, if you’ve read about our failed attempt, this means we did this part twice over.

We used a flat-head screwdriver to dig underneath the staples & wire strippers to pull the staples out.

CRAIGSLIST BENCH MAKEOVER GETS A MILLION-DOLLAR LOOK

After removing the fabric, it revealed 2 pieces of padding. We only re-used the top portion of padding.  

The before padding
The “before” padding.

We cut the new poly foam to size with an electric turkey carver. After the mock-up, we ditched the “before” bottom padding, but re-used the top portion. 

The upgraded 4" poly foam
Thicker foam – aka- big-booty friendly. 🙂
REHABBING THE BASE

The removal of the old fabric revealed the lack of stain on the wood sides. It also revealed visible nail head holes…& staple holes.

No worries, wood fill to the rescue! Two layers covered not only the staple & nail holes, but also the huge & unsightly gaps. My old Pampered Chef stoneware scrapers were handy to scrape off the excess wood fill.

wood filling the holes and gaps

After the wood fill was dry, we used our favorite wood stain & applied 3 coats to the entire frame…even the parts that were already stained. Once the stain was dry, we installed our new braces to attach the top part to the base. (The plywood from the original piece had been nailed into the base… which is odd.)

brackets attached to base

CRAIGSLIST BENCH MAKEOVER GETS FANCY FABRIC

We worked our upholstery magic on the now-removed plywood. I recommend always using batting in upholstery projects, as it keeps the foam in place & makes upholstering the fabric much easier. Be careful not the pull or tug on the batting too much, because it tears & rips easily.

For a visual of the batting upholstered by itself, click here to view the first “part” of this project.

upholstered plywood

Our grand embellishment idea of adding upholstery trim gives it that million-dollar aesthetic. It’s less than $15.00 & is super easy to attach.

craigslist bench makeover gets the nailhead trim treatment

THE MILLION DOLLAR CRAIGSLIST BENCH MAKEOVER

Textured fabric + plush padding + upholstery trim = million-dollar bench  

We absolutely LOVE the finished product. It turned out so good that it looks like a million bucks. Although the path to the million-dollar aesthetic didn’t come easy…

THE JOURNEY TO THE MILLION-DOLLAR MAKEOVER

craigslist bench makeover recap

If at first you don’t succeed, try again & again & again…

FAILURE = SUCCESS!

Love, Peace & Happiness,

Hippie & Sparky 

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