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After looking at local thrift stores, I finally found a bench to go along with this fabric. The bench was $7.50, so basically it was a piece of garbage. But I liked it, and I liked the price. Here’s the before. Gross, right?

Bluebird Bench

The cushion wasn’t even attached. Don’t mind my messy background!

Bluebird Bench

I asked my dad for help, because he’s great at fixing everything. We went over on Saturday to spend the afternoon.
Here’s the bench in my dad’s garage.¬†As my husband was taking out all the staples in the cushion, I was sanding the wood.

Bluebird Bench

After sanding and watching my dad cut the seat down to fit inside as a shelf, we had a great time with wood putty.

Bluebird Bench

My dad cut a thicker piece of wood for the seat, so no screws would poke up into somebody’s bum. We couldn’t paint the wood on Saturday because it was snowing ALL day. I painted it on Monday, and I actually didn’t take any pictures. Sorry! I chose I really, really dark brown paint to match my cherry hat stand and the black in the fabric.
But here’s the finished bench. I love it and am so proud of it.

Bluebird Bench

It has a really comfy cushion.

Bluebird Bench

Only two birds made it to the top because I was trying to save the rest of the fabric for other good things.

Bluebird Bench

I made two weird pleats on each corner, but it looks pretty good.

Bluebird Bench

I really like the shelf we added to the bottom. It does look a little bumpy, so I’ll probably cover it with a tan or brown fabric.

Bluebird Bench

I’m hoping to find a brightly colored basket or fabric bin to put on the shelf. It’ll be a great place for storage.

Bluebird Bench

Right now it’s sitting here next to the door and hat stand. Sorry, I had to use a flash. It’s also great for extra seating when we have people over.

Bluebird Bench

Author: Heather