This bench upholstery tutorial will show you how to make a dated thrift store bench look modern and luxurious again! This is a sponsored post.

bench upholstery tutorial
Take an out of date bench from Goodwill San Antonio and give it a fresh new look! I used foam from Fairfield World with beautiful rose cuddle fabric from Shannon Fabrics to make this simple project.
bench upholstery tutorial

Supplies Used in this Bench Upholstery Tutorial:

  • Thrifted Bench from Goodwill San Antonio
  • Foamology Foam Roll from Fairfield World
  • Rose Cuddle Fabric in Camel from Shannon Fabrics
  • DecoArt Chalk Paint in Lace
  • Staple Gun
  • Electric meat cutter
bench upholstery tutorial
Step one:  Remove the seat from the bench.  Unscrew the pieces holding the top in place to take the bench apart.
bench upholstery tutorial
Step two:  Paint the base of the bench.  I love to use chalk paint because you don’t need to prime or prepare your surface. Paint the surface, let it dry, then paint it again.  Two applications is usually enough for even coverage.  If you think the surface will be handled a lot, seal the paint finish with varnish or a spray on matte sealer.
Step three:  Remove the old fabric and foam from the bench cover. This can be the most time consuming part of the project if there are lots of staples to remove!
bench upholstery tutorial
Step five:  Trace the wood base of the bench onto the Project Foam roll.  I like to use a permanent marker for this.
bench upholstery tutorial
Step six:  Cut out the foam.  A great tool for cutting foam precisely is an electric meat cutting tool.  I have an old meat cutter that I only use for foam.  Carefully follow the lines traced in step five to cut the foam.
Step seven:  Glue the foam to the wood base.
Step eight:  Place the Cuddle fabric right side down on your work surface, and lay the foam piece with the board on top.  Start with the corners, pull down and staple the fabric in place.  Continue with the sides until the fabric is attached to the bottom of the wood board.
Step nine:  Cut a piece of fabric to cover the wood base.  Staple it in place.
Step ten: Reassemble the bench.
bench upholstery tutorial
Here’s another easy bench upholstery tutorial you might like: girl’s bench makeover

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