I finally got around to tackling the bench seat in the dining room last week. Read more about the beginning stages here. For such an easy project, I don’t know how it’s taken me so long to check it off the to do list. I’ve been noticing lately how the simplest projects are taking FOREVER. When we first bought our current house (and our last house for that matter) we were knocking out projects left and right. These days.. Notta. It’s weird. It’s like we had another kid or something 😉 Little time suckers.
Before we get into the three-second tutorial (yes, it’s that easy) let’s jump ahead to the good stuff.
Oh, sweet, sweet fabric under my bum. How I love thee.
You’ll notice we only upholstered the seat, not the backrest just yet. Well, let’s be completely honest here. The backrest is upholstered I just haven’t had a chance to photograph it yet. Part two in good time.
Back to bizness. Here’s a quick look at our materials list below. I won’t repeat myself. I think you guys are capable of reading text within an image.
Cut down plywood to fit bench (or have an employee do it in-store if you’d rather). Use a serrated knife to cut down the foam to size (again, they’ll do this at Joann’s if you have your dimensions). Secure the plywood and foam with a little spray adhesive.
Once dry and secure, flip that baby over on top of your quilt batting. Measure and cut down, allowing enough room to wrap around the sides of the foam onto the bottom of the plywood.
Wrap her up and staple the heck out of it.
The corners should be smooth, which is easy to do with the batting. No crazy technique, the batting is very forgiving and flexible, just pull it tight to avoid lumps and wrinkles on the top.
Now, repeat these steps with the fabric. We used this linen in dark gray, which came highly recommend from several others, including Emily Henderson. Oh, heyyy girl. Nope, she has no idea who I am.
I’ve seen others cover the underside with something “pretty” to disguise all the madness going on, but naturally, we took the
lazy time effective route and left it as is.
Since I’m sure someone will ask, here’s a closeup of the corners. I guess you could say we used somewhat of a “present wrapping” technique. It’s definitely not perfect, but the corners are tight enough and the lines are straight enough for us.
We plan to attach the cushioned portion to the base of bench seat eventually, but we’re waiting for to finish up the backrest first. I’m thinking some simple velcro strips should do the trick!
It feels so incredibly cozy, even without the back portion completed. And it’s surprisingly soft, due to the 3-inch foam we went with. I love how the fabric is just a tad darker than the gray wall color. As for the lower cabinets, we’re considering leaving them knob-less. I’m thinking any kind of hardware would just be a nuisance to the back of the legs while sitting. We have a few other options in mind though. More on that when we get there.
Oh, and although the room is nearing “completion” (which we all know, doesn’t exist in my books) we haven’t really nailed down a color scheme just yet. All the major pieces are pretty neutral still. Gray walls, white cabinetry, neutral rug, wood table. So we still have big plans in mind to inject some color. I picked up this pillow from Homegoods a few weeks ago, and I’m drooling over the color palette. The greens and blues obviously work well with the rest of our home, but I’m really loving the specific shades in particular. A little lime and navy. I’d love to see more navy in this space! Maybe something along the lines of the guest bath wall color? We’ll see!
I’m shooting to have pics of the finished product, seat and backrest cushions, ready to share with you guys very soon! I can not wait! I’m so in love with this area of the house. Oh, and I guess it’s nice to have somewhere to sit during meals too.