Tuesday, July 3, 2012

house projects

I saw on the Nester's blog awhile back that she refinished several pieces of old furniture in fur. I thought it looked so quirky and chic and unique and I LOVED it. I've been feeling super crafty lately, and decided that I wanted to build a bench for the end of our bed and cover it in faux fur.

I headed to Home Depot and bought four 14 inch legs and a board about 4 feet long. I went to JoAnns to get quilt batting and foam for the cushion, and I also bought 2 yards of fur (which was WAY too much - I could have easily done it with just one yard).
The first thing I did was spray paint the wooden legs in a shiny gold. I knew the wood would still show up pretty matte, so that's why I got the metallic.
Once the legs dried (after 3 coats), I got Danny to help me attach them to the board. There are tons of ways to do this, but the easiest for us was to use a screw driver and screw a nail through the top of the board into the legs.
Next was the cushion. I first cut the foam to the correct size of the bench. Once the foam was in place on top of the bench, I wrapped the batting around to hold it in place and stapled it under the bench.
You want to make sure the batting is pulled tight...and I used tons of staples.
Now its the fun part - the fur!! I picked out a chocolate brown color (looks a little different in person) that I thought would go well with our white comforter and dark furniture. Drape the fur over the bench and cut it (leaving about 3 inches hanging on all sides). Then staple the fur under the bench just like the batting.
And the final product!!!
I really love how it turned out - all for under $60! Doesn't Danny look excited about our new bench?!
I can't believe we've gone this long without a place to sit in our bedroom. It really makes such a difference (and yes- it's sturdy!).
Those curtains? My mom sewed them for me. She did an awesome job! The wreath above the bed was a quick project because I needed a temporary space filler until I find something I love.
It's a book page wreath and it was so easy. Just buy a small wreath form and tear pages out of an old book. Roll the pages into cones and hot glue them around the wreath. Cute and simple!


LWLH said...

That is adorable, and kudos for making it yourself.

Sarah Denley said...

The bench looks GREAT and I love the "book wreath"!

Jill said...

So stinkin' CUTE!!