May 2, 2010

window seat taa-daa!

Confession:  I lost the 'before' picture for this project.

I swear I took the pic.  But where is it?
I've search through the endless piles of photo chaos on my computer.  Oh, don't judge me.  You know the photo chaos...you've been lost in it too. 
The abyss of unmarked photos scattered all over your computer.  

Promise: I promise to save my pictures in a marked and uber-organized way.  At lease until I'm in a hurry or the cheese quesadillas are burning...

Craigslist rules!  I found a photo similar to the coffee table I originally bought.
My coffee table cost me $10 bucks.  But, I needed a window seat!  
I was looking something with modern lines and a neutral feel.

TAA-DAA!!




This was an easy project with some basic upholstery. 

Step #1: Prep and paint the wood frame.
After removing the lovely smoke mirrored glass, I painted the table and then sanded up the edges a bit to let the dark wood show through.

Step #2: Cut some wood board to replace the glass mirrors. 

Step #3: Cut a piece of foam for the bench seat.  The best way to cut foam is a band saw.  But if you don't have one, the second best way is with a sereded kitchen knife.
Glue the foam to the board using spray adhesive.


Step #4: Using a staple gun, cover the foam with a liner cloth. 
Securely staple on the backside of the board.  Use a firm even pressure around the edges.  As you can see in the picture, I use my body weight to push foam in and then staple the fabric.  This makes a nice rounded edge on your seat. 


Step #5: Cover your seat with the upholstery fabric.
Using the same technique as the liner cloth, use a firm even pressure and staple the fabric in place.  Always cut away and excess fabric.  Pull your corners in and staple them like crazy. Remember, the underside of your project doesn't have to look perfect.  This is not an art of perfection...and that's why I love it!  Also, I'm using an air powered staple gun, which is the bomb.  If you don't have access to one of these, a hand powered gun is great.  I've done many many project with a hand gun.
Step #6: Staple your trim.
Adding a trim gives finished look to your project.  Here I choose a burlap natural fiber that fit in with my neutral scheme.  Simply, staple the trim along the edge of your board. 
 
Here's a trick I learned from a great upholsterer, when the two ends of your trim meet, simply unravel the ends, cross them over each other and staple in place on the underside of the board. This way your cushion will fit perfectly without the added bulk of the extra trim.


 Step #7: Put your bench together.
Add a few L brackets to secure your seat.

That's it!
Enjoy your bench!




55 comments:

  1. Seriously amazing, yes you are.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Jeni, that is AMAZING! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  3. get outta town. no, really. are you kidding me with this?! you just reached a whole new level of genius, girlfriend. kudos to you and your super brain ;)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Brilliant!!!!!! I too love craigslist!! Stop by my post I did yesterday and check out what I scored for free!!! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful! Makes me want to invest in a staple gun.

    ReplyDelete
  6. great makeover! love the tips on how to upholster.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Love love LOVE it! Going to keep my eyes open looking for a similar piece now!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great job! Your upholstery skills are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  9. WoW!! That is awesome!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ohhhhhhhh, to have your VISION! I would have walked past that table in a heartbeat. But you've turned it into something I would have paid a lot of money for! Great job. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. I LOVE IT! I just did a coffee-table-to-ottoman project in December and gave it as a much needed gift for someone. Now I'm dying to do my own. I just love these projects and yours turned out totally amaaaazing!! I just love the choice of fabric too.
    Lisa

    ReplyDelete
  12. How awesome! I love it!! Great job! You've inspired me!

    ReplyDelete
  13. It's stunning! It's hard to believe it went from a coffee table to that! Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Love how that turned out!!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wow! What a redo! I would love for you to show this on Modern Craftswoman Mondays! You are very creative and did a very neat, professional job. Congrats! Rory

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great job!! I need to keep my eyes open for old tables like that. :o)
    Sincerely ~ Trish

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fabulous job! I see those at GW every now and then and would have never thought about a window seat.

    thanks so much for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  18. This is awesome! What a great job - and vision. I want to make one, now!

    ReplyDelete
  19. I love it! The fabric, the color, the trim, everything!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Absolutely amazing! Seriously terrific work!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wow - there is help for all of that hideous furniture of the '80s. This is definitely going on my "Crafty to Do List". Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I had to join as follower! Just stumbled upon your blog from over at The Shabby Chic Cottage. I definitely want to do this by covering the top of a coffee table and use it as a bench at the foot of our bed. Someday....great job!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I LOVE LOVE THIS! It looks so clean and it is just so clever! I would love to feature it, let me know if you are interested!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Amazing as usual! I love it... I need a window seat too! Great job! :)

    ReplyDelete
  25. Yep - ditto. I love it too! Fabulous job and what a great idea!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I have been thinking about making a window seat. Great tutorial!!!! Thanks so much!!!! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  27. Beautiful!!!! Love the finish you chose.


    My Show n Tell is "A VERY 'FAMOUS' PERSON AUTOGRAPHED HIS BOOK FOR ME"

    Do come see who it is, won't you? Happy Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Lovely result. And great job with the upholstering.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Simply amazing! You see those kinds of tables at thrift stores and garage sales all the time. I'll never look at them in the same "uninterested" way.

    So creative and beautiful!

    Cori
    Starview Sonnet

    ReplyDelete
  30. That's one fabulous transformation. Jane F.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Ok, i will not pass up those glass top tables anymore! This is fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  32. You are a rock-star! Ten bucks? Very nice.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Way to see past the 70's glass table! I LOVE it! Thanks for linkin' up to the POPP.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. gorgeous! love the fabric you used as well!

    ReplyDelete
  36. I really needed this tutorial, thank you! We have a glass paned coffee table, that belonged to my parents. It's outdated, but also my husband sat on and broke one of the glass panes. I'd always planned to do something similar to this, but getting the ins and outs from somebody who has already done it, you just made my day! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Very cool, never would have thought to do something like this with a coffee table. I like it alot

    ReplyDelete
  38. That is super cool! Thanks for the post.

    ReplyDelete
  39. So original! Hope you don't mind that I included this in my Special Features post here:
    http://lessthanperfectlifeofbliss.blogspot.com/2010/05/special-features.html

    Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I ♥ this! its really pretty! and careful with the multi-tasking...don't wanna burn the quesadillas...lol sounds alot like me :)

    ReplyDelete
  41. Very impressive! I'm not sure that piece would've spoken to me. It was brilliant to uphoster boards and make it a window seat. Beautiful job.

    ReplyDelete
  42. This is adorable! Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing such a useful tutorial!
    -Arielle

    ReplyDelete
  43. I have a table exactly like this one. It is missing the glass and I have been searching for a while of an idea of how to redo it. This is exactly what Ive been looking for!!! Im so excited, I cant wait to start my project.

    ReplyDelete
  44. This makeover is fabulous! I never would have guessed that up-do-date pretty bench started out as that out-of-date coffee table. Great tip on the edges of the trim & unraveling them to tuck!

    ReplyDelete
  45. Fabulous! I posted about it on my blog - http://firstadream.blogspot.com/2010/06/amazing-ideas-out-there.html

    ReplyDelete
  46. Love this window seat idea, I instantly envisioned it as an end-of-bed seat, too! I plan to duplicate your work very, very soon. Couple of questions: 1) How much upholstery fabric did you need? (I have the perfect fabric in mind, on sale now, but still need to snag the table). 2) I've never heard of others using an upholstery liner cloth. What type of fabric is it? What is the logic for using it?

    Thanks!
    -- Erin

    ReplyDelete
  47. Erin, I can't wait to see your bench! If I remember right I used a total of 3 yards of fabric. 1 1/2 yards for each side. As for the liner, I use any kind of lightweight plain colored cotton fabric. whatever's on sale or in my fabric scraps. The reason I use this is it helps create my cushions shape. I used a fairly stiff foam and if you look at the pics the edges of my cushions have a beveled look. I use a lot of pressure when I attach the liner so that my edges are completely smooth and beveled looking. The liner just helps you create the shape of the cushion and I think it makes your final project more professional looking. You wont have as many problems with puckers and uneven edges. Hope this helps. Email me if you need anything else! Send me pics when you're done!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I am inspired!!!!! what kind of paint did you use?

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...