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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Piano Bench Makeover

Happy Wednesday!

I hope you're doing well so far this week.  My week as been pretty busy (which I like) and today I'm preparing for family to come visit.  It's the first time I'll be hosting overnight guests in my first home with my husband--exciting times!

Well, I mentioned in a post last week how I'd love to get my hands on some of my mom and dad's furniture to upgrade.  I'm happy to tell you all that on my visit to Virginia last weekend, I got my hands on our family's old piano bench!

Here's what we have now:

Here are a couple of before shots of the bench so you can see what I was working with:  

My parents have had the piano bench for almost 30 years--and it looks like it too, huh?  When she was little, my sister Allison bought a piano with some money that she saved up--a very studious young lady.  My siblings and I all took piano lessons when we were younger and spent some time sitting on that bench practicing.  I, honestly, didn't spend as much time sitting on the bench and practicing as much as I should've.  I admit, I was more intrigued by what was going on outside and exploring in the woods.

Recently, my parents gave the piano away and after trying to find a home for the bench in the house, it sadly found it's resting place in the garage.  In my quest to turn the mountain of the garage into a molehill (an ongoing project), I looked at the bench and saw hope for it.  By the way, there are some fun things I'm finding in my parents' garage--remember this?

After church this past Sunday, my mom and I headed out to find some fabric, paint, and picked up some sandpaper so I could get started on the piano bench makeover project.  Oh yeah, did I mention that the fabric was on sale and the paint was 50% off??  Can't beat that!

My mom caught me in action and our dog, Hudson, supervised my every move. 

After a couple of hours of the paint-and-let-dry cycle and reupholstering the bench, here is the final product.

I absolutely loved this fabric when I saw it.  The color pops and the pattern is classic.
I went for an ivory color to brighten the piece up a bit.  I'm happy with the final look. 

And one final look at the before/after images side-by-side: 

I was told I could take the bench as my own--awesome!  I can't wait to integrate it into our home.  I'm redoing the foyer area and I have a couple of other projects I'm working on for that area and will share those with you soon!

How about you?  Have you been working on anything lately?  Any furniture or room makeovers to share?  I'd love to hear from you!

Until Next Time,

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  1. Your bench looks much happier now. Love to see where it ends up.

  2. Great makeover! Are you using it in the foyer?

  3. Wonderful job! I am in the process of completing a chalk board for my son’s room.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

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  4. Gorgeous! I love that fabric you chose!

  5. The bench looks so great white and I love the fabric you chose. Thanks for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link Party. I featured this today. Come by and grab a featured button if you'd like.

  6. What beautiful transformation! I love the color blue of the fabric you chose.


  7. Love the fabric you chose - I adore the colour.

  8. It is so much brighter now. Love the new fabric. And half off is always a plus!

  9. You certainly breathed new life into it, Kirsten! It looks like a brand new piece. I love that it has family history.

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