New Life to a Piano Bench

refinished bench

I’m embarrassed, I don’t even know where I picked up this piano bench.  It was probably one of three places – an estate sale, a garage sale, or my favorite furniture thrift store, Jubilee Furniture.  Oddly enough, I do remember that it was $10.  I also remember that it smelled, and the fabric had seen better days.

Photo Feb 07, 2 26 00 PM

I ripped off the old fabric and batting (there really wasn’t much “cush” left in this cushion), and tossed it all away (I needed to get the cat smell out of my house).

I gave the base a coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Artissimo and finished with furniture wax.  The brass on the bottom of the legs got cleaned up with my favorite DIY hardware cleaning mixture.

reupholstered piano bench

I knew I needed to add a little extra padding to the seat, so I used 1/2″ foam and high-loft batting underneath my fabric.

refinished bench

Here’s the easy steps I used to reupholster this bench:

how to reupholster a bench

Because this piano bench has a removable top for sheet music storage, I wanted to create a handle to easily remove it.  (Living in a small house, I appreciate every extra square inch of storage that I can find!)  I cut a strip of fabric, ironed a crease on both edges, folded it in half, wrong sides together, and then sewed it together along one edge.  (I know, I could have sewed it inside out and inverted it so the seam is hidden, but I was lazy, and I like the blue thread being visible as a contrast.)

refinished bench

I looped it, stapled it in place on one end, and finished the bottom off with a piece of felt (which won’t fray).

reupholstered bench

Although I love this reupholstered bench, we won’t be keeping it in our house.  For one, our house is small, and honestly I don’t have room for it.  But a second, and more exciting reason I won’t be keeping it, is because I finally am taking the plunge to put some of my pieces out there for others to (hopefully) buy!  I just signed up to sell at two vintage markets at the beginning of the summer, and I am beyond excited.  This means I need to get busy on the piles of furniture in the garage.  Maybe tomorrow will be a “cold day” in Chicagoland and I won’t have to go to work because school will be canceled…  A girl can hope, right?

reupholstered piano bench 2

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16 thoughts on “New Life to a Piano Bench

  1. Love your cute piano bench! I just discovered your blog for the first time today (through the blogtalk Facebook follow thread) and wanted to stop by and say hi. I was so excited to read that you’re going to be selling some of your work in a market! My mom and I just rented space in an antique/craft mall at the beginning of this month. We’ve never done anything like this before and it’s definitely fun, but we’re still learning how it all works. I’m headed over to follow your social media pages and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your projects :).

  2. This is so adorable! I really love that fabric you chose – perfection! I have an old decrepit piano bench that definitely needs some help and you’ve given me some inspiration 🙂

  3. I love the fabric you chose for the bench and the gold accent on the legs if perfect!! It makes me want to makeover my piano bench! Thanks for linking up to The Creative Circle. Hope to see you this week!

  4. This is a great looking bench! Isn’t a great feeling when you find an inexpensive piece of furniture knowing that you can create something beautiful out of it?!?! Best of luck at your upcoming markets….I keep dreaming of selling my stuff somewhere but always chicken out 🙂 I’m including this tomorrow in my features at Your Turn to Shine. Thanks so much for linking up with us!

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