~ A Sweet Little Treat for the Home ~
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This week’s feature is a fun little dated yard sale find that I turned into a modern, functional piece of furniture. Call it Mid Century Farmhouse? Mid Century Modern with a twist?
This vintage organ bench was given new life with the addition of a new, thick, cushy upholstered seat and custom chalk paint. The seat can be removed for storage and has been decoupaged with a complimentary polka dot liner. The capped feet and accents have been polished and the whole piece has been sealed for durability. A bench this size is super versatile and can be used as extra seating, an ottoman, a side table, a piano bench, a foot stool, etc. Whatever you call it, keep reading to learn about the transformation into a sweet little treat for the home! 🤗
This is what we started with:
It’s cute, but the wood is pretty scratched up and that seat isn’t exactly comfortable. Plus, the seat height isn’t really practical, so I decided to update it and make it more functional.
On to the painting! I taped off the brass details with https://amzn.to/363jJrh prior to painting. I then made a custom chalk paint by mixing half calcium carbonate https://amzn.to/3ia8lyt with Behr Bit of Sugar. For example, half a cup calcium carbonate to a cup of paint. Just make sure you mix the CC with a little water first to avoid clumps in the paint. Since a lot of the piece was the spindle legs, I used my round Zibra brush for the spindles https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z and my angled Zibra brush https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z for the flat areas on the bench and the inside. It took about three coats.
Inside, I wanted to decoupage a corresponding paper to the fabric that I chose for the seat. I found some cute gray with white polka dots wrapping paper that was perfect. I cut it to size and used Modge Podge https://amzn.to/3cV0eD2 to adhere it to the inside of the bench. The only challenge in using decoupage is smoothing out the wrinkles and bubbles. You can use the edge of a credit card or something like that to smooth it out.
For the bench, I used a thick foam cushion https://amzn.to/3j2TvMS and cut it to size. This foam is very dense so it will not compress when it’s sat on and it adds 4 inches of height to the bench, making it more functional. I found a thick, durable fabric at Joann’s and upholstered it onto the foam. The fabric was adhered with a staple gun https://amzn.to/3vGIx2A , paying special attention at the corners to fold neatly.
The piece was sealed (inside and out, aside from the brass details) with Minwax Polycrylic in Satin https://amzn.to/3g7e7Qw applied with my favorite method, a lightly dampened car detail sponge https://amzn.to/2ANgY0K. And that’s it! A quick and easy transformation of a yard sale organ bench! What do you think? Modern Farmhouse?
Thank you so much for joining me for Sugar Plum Sundae! Please check back every Sunday for more yummy recipes to transform reclaimed “junk” into sweet little treats for the home! 🤗
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Materials List (may not be all inclusive):
Krud Kutter https://amzn.to/3wunVhe
Bar Keepers Friend https://amzn.to/3OkVI4f
Frog Tape https://amzn.to/363jJrh
Calcium Carbonate https://amzn.to/3ia8ly
Zibra Paint Brushes https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z
Zibra Round 1 inch https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z
Zibra Angled 2 inch Stubby https://bit.ly/3oI0V9z
Modge Podge https://amzn.to/3cV0eD2
Foam Cushion https://amzn.to/3j2TvMS
Staple Gun https://amzn.to/3vGIx2A
Minwax Polycrylic in Satin https://amzn.to/3g7e7Qw
Car Detail Sponge https://amzn.to/2ANgY0K
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