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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Little Black Bench

I found this little bench last week at the flea market and this is probably the third of these benches I have found over the years.  I suspect they were Bombay Company pieces originally.
I used this grain sack image from the Graphics Fairy.  I have used this several times before on small pieces of furniture.  I used TAP transfer paper to transfer the image.  I like this paper a little better than the Avery paper.  You can find it on Amazon.
Here is the lovely piece as I found it.  Pretty sad, isn't it?  My husband re-glued all the joints and removed the old upholstery fabric.  Then he painted the whole thing black.
I used 1-inch foam that I purchased at Joann's with a half price coupon.  We attached it to the boards with Tacky Glue and it worked great.
Then my husband stapled the foam to the boards so it was on there nice and tight.  Over that we took some freshly washed drop cloth fabric with the image already transferred onto it and stapled that over the foam, turning the hem under so we had a clean edge.
Then I found some black grosgrain ribbon with some white stitching that I used for the welting to cover the edge of the drop cloth.  I made three beads of Tacky Glue on the back side of the ribbon and placed it around the outer edges of the drop cloth, being careful to mitre the edges for a nice clean look.
My husband took a small black finishing tack and placed one tack where we mitred the corners of the ribbon so it would not lift.  It still had a nice tailored look.  Now the bench has a much more updated look.
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The Polka Dot Closet said...

Maggie it's gorgeous!! I have used Tap transfer paper a couple time and like it better than average paper too. The black is fabulous!!


Unknown said...

WOW - it's just gorgeous Maggie!!!
Beautiful job - the black was the perfect choice for this piece!

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Maggie, you did a great job, as usual, and I love the black.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I LOVE it, Maggie! It's a good thing I don't live by you ~ I'd be looking to get that bench for my home. : ) It would fit perfectly on a small slice of wall by my entry and go with my black and white living room. You really saw the potential in this piece!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Now that's what I call teamwork! The bench has a nice updated look and I suspect it won't last long in your shop. Well done!

Linda at French Hollow said...

Maggie - that's just beautiful!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Oh wow! I love how you and your husband transformed the bench. It's a beauty Maggie!!!

Artsnark said...

fabulous! I am a big fan of TAP paper. Thanks for popping by my blog - did you see that the 2nd art call is from Lesley Riley? fun coincidence

Susie said...

Maggie, That bench is adorable. I absolutely love it.xoxo,Susie

Gypsy Heart said...

I think it's gorgeous! I will have to check out the Tap paper...haven't heard of it.

Great job!


Anne said...

Beautiful transformation Maggie! So much better now!

NanaDiana said...

It looks great-I do think that was an old Bombay furniture piece. It sure looks like one of theirs. How sweet that you have a helper. My hubby would just as soon push tacks through his toenails as to do this kind of project. If your hubby is looking for another few projects send him my way!;>) xo Diana

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

This is great Maggie! I have a rocking chair I need to do something like this to. Great after!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

this is a great makeover for the little bench. Think I'll paint something black to freshen it up too.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

It looks great Maggie. You know I'm a sucker for black and white.

Mary Mollica, Owner & Artist of The Decorative Paintbrush said...

what a great redo! Love it!
Mary of The Decorative Paintbrush