I am SO excited about today’s project! Jackie from Teal and Lime is back with a project that I’ m in love with!
Take it away Jackie!
Open a fresh bottle of Mod Podge and get ready for the most fun furniture makeover ever!
I love fabrics and can’t seem to part with even the tiniest scrap. After making tons of pillow covers for my basement family room, I had lots of left over bits. A few years ago I made fun fabric wrapped pumpkins and more recently I made fabric wrapped decorative spheres. With my recent surge in leftover fabric scraps, I wanted to do another fabric scrap project, but on a grander scale.
I found this plain bench at HomeGoods for about $50. It is so basic it is almost rustic or country. The simplicity of it just screamed blank canvas to me. It was ready for a fun makeover. With my piles of fabric scraps, I transformed a plain jane bench into a statement piece!
- Bench, chair, or stool
- Mod Podge
- Fabric Scraps
- Foam Brush
- Paint Brush
Step by Step:
1. Cut fabric into 1″ wide strips, about 18″ long. I estimate my bench took about 1-2 yards of fabric, but I cut strips from many different scrap pieces.
2. If using more than one color or pattern fabric, sort your fabric into piles by color to make it easier to mix up as you go.
3. Apply Mod Podge with a foam brush to a small area of the leg or rail on all sides.
4. Starting on one leg or cross-bar, wrap the first piece of fabric. On the first time around completely cover the starting end of the fabric. Then, for each additional wrap overlap the fabric about halfway with the previous loop.
5. Once you reach the end of a strip, apply a little extra Mod Podge under the end and press it down.
6. Apply another section of Mod Podge.
7. Start the next strip of fabric on top of the end of the last strip.
8. For tight corner’s or tricky spots, like the knobs sticking out on my bench, you can cut small fabric pieces to fit and Mod Podge them in place.
9. Trim any loose threads.
10. I could not wrap the cross bars right under the bench seat, so instead I applied one long continuous piece of fabric with Mod Podge.
11. Once the entire piece, or at least legs and cross bars are wrapped in fabric, apply a top coat of Mod Podge. Use a paint brush and apply a generous coat of Mod Podge. You can see below the milky white Mod Podge coating on the still wet fabric. It will dry clear. Just be carefol not to get any drips or blobs. If the Mod Podge is too thick, it will dry white.
Tip: Drag the brush around the legs in the same direction you wrapped the fabric. That will keep any loose strings at bay.
I chose to leave the top of my bench white to give the eye a rest from the graphic patterns. I love the unexpected pop of color and pattern on the base of the bench. I used strips of all the different fabrics I have used in my basement family room and playroom.
This bench will be part of a makeshift mud room by our back basement door. I finally found a way to incorporate fabric into a high traffic area without having to worry about durability! The Mod Podge top coat seals the fabric and will help this bench stand up to daily mud room abuse and look cute while doing it!
Thanks Jackie! To see more of Jackie’s home and projects, head on over to Teal and Lime.