Thrifty Tips for Painting & Re-upholstering a Gossip Bench

I recently purchased a telephone bench (above) at the thrift store for $22.50. As I waited for my man to haul the bike trailer over to the thrift store in order to haul it home, I found some mis-tinted paint and primer at the paint store next door for $4. With brushes in hand, I am ready to make some thrift store make-over magic happen. But I’ve never done this before!

The Centsational Girl blog has been a worthy blog find in helping me to finish my new finds. You can find her tutorial on finishing a varnished piece of furniture here.  Look at the beautiful dresser above which she refinished for her friend!

As for color and design ideas, I found this dip dye inspiration at Apartment Therapy. As my two color are white and coral pink, I’m excited to do something like this-

Now, although the floral fabric on the bench seat is “charming”, it was covered in cat hair and the cushion is decidedly less “cushy” than when it may have begun its life. I will attempt re-upholstering it using inspiration from this tutorial. In fact, I just purchased my first staple gun (I was so excited to pick it out- definitely my father’s child :)) I love this white and patchwork telephone bench below-

Sigh. If only I had all the time in the world. But I can’t wait to see if I can do all of this. Cheer me on!



  2 comments for “Thrifty Tips for Painting & Re-upholstering a Gossip Bench

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  2. D
    December 31, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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