Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quick & Easy DIY

This week I was inspired by two posts (in no particular order): Karen's from Strictly Simple Style and Casey's from Loft and Cottage.  Both posts talked about easy DIY projects that you can complete in a day (or less) and that have a big WOW factor.  I tend to get lost (and overwhelmed) at times in the 'big scheme' of my projects that I forget about the little 'DIYs'.  And, because my 'room' is not complete, I don't share or post about my smaller DIYs.  After reading their posts, I decided to post about a small bench that got a makeover earlier this year.   
I found this small bench at the goodwill store for $8.  I liked it but I wanted to update it a bit.  So, I unscrewed the seat and sanded the wood.  
I bought some spray paint - Krylon High Gloss in White ($5). 
I bought some new foam for the cushion ($6) and a 1/4 yard of fabric I liked ($4).   I ripped off the old fabric by removing the staples and re-upholstered it with the foam and new fabric.  I secured the foam and fabric by using a staple gun.  And, here is the finished bench.
It now sits at the end of our bed in the master bedroom.  I really like how the fabric on the bench complements the bolster on our bed.
Total cost for this quick and easy DIY: $18!   Sometimes, it is all about the little things!


  1. Yippee! I did a cartwheel for you. Just love a quick inexpensive update that yields great results such as this.

  2. This looks fantastic! Your room is coming together quite nicely!

  3. Adorable! I don't know if I could do it as quickly as you could, but you DO make it look pretty easy! Can't believe the stool was $8.

  4. Woo hoo! So happy to have inspired you. Yes, I love those quick and easy makeovers. The bench looks amazing. Great fabric!

  5. Thanks for the shout out. It looks great. I love one day projects.

  6. This is such a great transformation. I love this fabric in your room... you make it look so easy! Well done, Fran!