Antique bench re-upholstery project

I purchased this bench from an antique shop a while back and wanted to give it a facelift in the worst way for the longest time.  It was one of those, “Oh, I’ll get to it when I have time” projects.  So finally, I made some time for it.

bench before

I knew it would live in our dining room so I wanted to pick a fabric that matched the rest of the room but wasn’t too matchy-matchy.  I chose a grey, white and yellow waverly fabric and an HGTV yellow trim to match.

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The seats of the bench were in really bad shape so I measured out some wood and used a saw to cut new ones.  After the wood was cut I measured out foam and batting to go on top of the seat for a nice cushion.  Then, I cut my fabric about an inch larger than I needed to on all the various sides and used my staple gun to staple everything in place.  Note: I pulled everything really tightly when I was stapling in so there would be a nice smooth finish on the fabric.

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Once the fabric was secured, I trimmed the edges of the fabric as close to the staples as I could get.  Lastly, I added the yellow trimming to cover the edges with fabri-tac, a permanent adhesive for fabric.

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Now this bench is as good as new and is enjoying its new spot in our dining room!

Do you have questions on the upholstery process? Just ask!

4 thoughts on “Antique bench re-upholstery project

  1. Melissa Holmes says:

    How much does this bench value at ?… If you don’t mind me asking…. I have one also..great job … I think I’ll restore mine… Thank you Melissa

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    • Jackie Hausler of haus2home says:

      Hi Melissa! I have seen similar ones at my local antique shops that are restored going for about $125 but I think it depends on what area you live in. I’d love to see your finished product when you’re done! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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  2. Barbara Archibewue says:

    I have the exact same bench. Do you know how old it is? My seat has cane and is quite sturdy.i am however going to make cushions. But I sure would like to know more about the bench (age,maker) if you have this information could you let me know please via email? thank you! Barbara

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