This week has been mass chaos! I feel like I’m running in two different directions all the time. I finally just had to put everything aside and paint. Painting is therapy for me. The transformation of my ugly thrift store bench immediately made me feel “normal” again.
I stumbled across my bench at a thrift store a few months back and just had to have it! It’s $5.00 price tag was just too good to pass up. It’s only downfall was the horrible redish stain and floral upholstery.
After I searched high and low for the perfect fabric to cover my bench with, I ended up empty handed. There was only one option left, head back to the thrift store and look for an old sweater big enough to use as upholstery. You guys, I found the PERFECT sweater within minutes of looking. It was meant to be. And it was only $3.00! Much cheaper than the fabric I was looking at prior.
Here they are. For fun, I lovingly named them grandma and grandpa. (Can you guess who is who?)
I started by laying out my sweater on the floor and cutting around the bench cushion.
STOP!!! Don’t throw out the rest of that sweater! We will be using the sleeves for another project in the future.
I attached my piece of sweater using a staple gun. Super easy.
I have been wanting to paint something blue for a while now… so I did.
Grandpa was looking a little to “new” after his recent paint job, so I decided to add some white and navy blue paint to give him a layered, aged look.
Once the paint had dried for an hour or so, I took my hand sander to a few spots.
I am totally in love.
Can you believe this whole project was only $8.00? (Granted I already owned the paint)
The sweater material is so soft and lovely and cozy. It was perfect for this project.
Things are really looking up for grandma and grandpa these days. Hehe.
So what do you think? Would you use an old sweater as upholstery? I bet you will now.