DIY BUFFALO CHECK BENCH


Do y'all remember my beautiful Colonel Mustard settee I got from my local antique shop awhile back? When I bought it I had every intention of reupholstering it, but when I got it home my daughter and I loved it so much we kept it as is.

With the upcoming holidays, I knew it was time for a change. I was so inspired by Caitlin Wilson's navy burnside buffalo check fabric but I could not afford that beautiful fabric. I also wanted it in black. So, I made a trip to my local Hobby Lobby and I found not only black buffalo check fabric in the right scale, it was on sale!!

 

Here is how I recovered my bench in less than a day... I began removing the bottom fabric from my settee. The worst part of reupholstering something is the staples, there are always so many to remove. You can remove them with a fancy tool for removing furniture staples or do what I did and use a flat tip screw driver and a pliers. Luckily, there wasn't an overwhelming amount and I didn't even have to remove them all. Yay!

Next I removed the trimming and, you guessed it, even more staples...

Then I started working on removing the yellow velvet fabric. Around this point I started feeling guilty about reupholstering Colonel Mustard. The velvet was beautiful and so in right now, but it had an odor and some staining from its age. So I ignored the guilt and carried on.

Before I knew it my settee was naked and ready for a new outfit.

I used the old fabric piece as a template to cut out my new fabric piece. I was nervous about cutting it to short so I added about in inch to the length and width. Isn't the new fabric pretty??

Next, I aligned the fabric on my bench and stapled it into place. I used regular heavy duty staples and my trusty staple gun since I had them on hand. If I would have remembered that my husband bought me a wonderful air compressor kit that has the staple gun, I would have used that to make things easier.

I bought some black mini pom-pom trim as well from Hobby Lobby and I pinned it in place until I can get fabric glue or tiny staples to attach it properly.

Here is the new Colonel Mustard all styled up pretty. I tucked a clearance basket for shoes and winter accessories as well as my beautiful pumpkins underneath the bench. Then I put cozy new pillows on top. I love this black pillow I picked up from Target, I think it compliments the buffalo check fabric nicely.

 I am so glad I pushed through the doubt and guilt because I love the way this settee turned out, it is just as I imagined it would be.

Here is the bench all dressed up and cozy for winter. What do y'all think of the buffalo check print? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Happy decorating!!!

Amy