I Upcycled!!!

I Upcycled!!!

I DIY’d and since it’s not something I do often, I had to share.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been asked to take part in this Fall Home Show
The instructions were to find something at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore location and than upcycle/transform it into a piece that was a little more lustworthy.
We were given a $100 store credit to make our purchases.
After visiting literally every ReStore location in the city, I found this number…

I had already been dreaming of making an upholstered bench out of a coffee table and well, this lady was PERF.

So, I set to making my plan morph into reality.

Once home, the first step was to chip out the tiles…hubster helped with this part…me not so great with breaking things when I’m trying to not really break them;)

After the tiles were out, I sanded the base and then began with step two…gold leafing y’all…

I was surprised at how relatively painless this step was…the great thing about leafing is that even if the sheets go on all wonka doodly like, you just brush afterwards and they magically smooth out.

The leafing took a good two days to finish…after one entire coat was done, I had to go back and re-apply some new sizing glue on the spots that were left bare ont he first pass…I think we used 7 packs of gold leaf all tolled.

After the base was done, I set my sights on the top and sent hubster out to buy some foam…unfortunately, he spent 50 bones on a 4″ think piece that made the whole thing look sort of bizarre.

So…I returned to the store and picked up a 1″ version, which I cut to size…

…and some batting…I also had a piece of MDF cut  so that is was just slightly smaller than the opening.

Next, I picked up a yard of upholstery satin (along with a few back-up fabrics just in case…if you’re in the market for some great black suiting fabric, I’m your girl) and some pink fabric paint and got to work creating my own fabric…

I watered down the paint and used a metre stick to make nice straightish sort of lines.

After the paint was dry, the upholstery part started.

Basically, I just lied the MDF on the island with the foam on top and then stretched batting over the two, securing it underneath with staples.

And finally, the fabric piece was added and stapled.

The very last step was to line the hole left by the tiles with some left-over satin so that none of the raw table edges would show once the cushion was glued in.

After all was said and done, this happened…

I admittedly, sort of love my bench and am determined to replicate it so that a similar version will live permanently in my foyer.

For now though, this little lady is being auctioned off online to the highest bidder….see HERE for info on that.

Also, a Facbeook contest is being held with all the upcycle entries, as we speak…the top 3 selected will go on in hopes of winning the big prize, which is $500 worth of Visa credit card goodness…lordy knows I’d LOVE to win that so…if would be ever so kind…

…click HERE

…and vote for your favourite entry…of course I’d love you to the moon and back if you picked my lady killer bench but please do pick the one or three or whatever, that you really in like best;)

Thank you unicorn lovers.


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  • Tim
    Posted at 06:50h, 11 September Reply

    Fantastic DIY mega success story! Love it Christine, especially with your special touch with paint! It looks great as well in your foyer!

  • charmaine
    Posted at 06:54h, 11 September Reply

    Looks amazing Christine! I voted for you on FB. I also did a DIY bench but I have to say yours is ingenious! Great job!


  • Alex {Things That Sparkle}
    Posted at 07:20h, 11 September Reply

    CHRISTINE YOU ARE SO FABULOUS. This is so freaking amazing. It screams you!!!

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 07:55h, 11 September Reply

    you did it! and not only did you do it, but it looks amazing!!!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!}
    Posted at 08:30h, 11 September Reply

    yay you!!! I love it!!! I know you were having a fit searching for something usable at those stores! great find!

  • Lindsey
    Posted at 08:32h, 11 September Reply

    I love it so much I might just bid on it! XO

  • court
    Posted at 08:49h, 11 September Reply

    looks amazing!!! I love how you painted the fabric!

  • ashley nicole catherine
    Posted at 09:26h, 11 September Reply

    love it!! the gold leafing is perfect and your fabric is divine. you should start selling these in your etsy shop!!

  • Lekalia Interiors
    Posted at 09:42h, 11 September Reply

    Wow! That is beautiful! The fabric is amazing!

  • Erin | Holtwood Hipster
    Posted at 10:20h, 11 September Reply

    Jaw on the floor amazing.

  • Raiana S @ lifeSTYLE
    Posted at 10:36h, 11 September Reply

    GIIIRL you got it goin on. I can’t get enough of that after photo! So much yummyness


  • Albertina || MimosaLane
    Posted at 12:11h, 11 September Reply

    Sooooooo Impressed!!!! wao!!!! You are so winning…I saw the rest of teh entries and yours was the best…totally objectively speaking. I voted

  • How2home
    Posted at 15:39h, 11 September Reply

    We think you should do more DIY projects Christine! This project is FABULOUS!!! You did such a fantastic job on re-holstering this table/bench. Great design Christine 🙂

  • Jennifer | MontrealDigs.com
    Posted at 16:14h, 11 September Reply

    You got my vote. Especially like how the fabric brushstrokes turned out. Very happy to have stumbled across your blog thanks to the contest, will follow!

  • Naomi@DesignManifest
    Posted at 16:17h, 11 September Reply

    we aren’t you snazzy? LOVE that fabric you created. It’s so YOU.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:42h, 11 September Reply

    Absolutely love the fabric. You are really talented.

    Makes me want to do it myself but I have one sort of big question….would a coffee table be able to support a person as a bench? Did you reinforce it underneath?

    Saving up my money to get a fabu painting of yours, btw.


  • InteriorGroupie
    Posted at 20:31h, 11 September Reply

    Looks fantastique!

  • Hydrangea Girl
    Posted at 08:45h, 12 September Reply

    Done and done. That was a no-brainer vote.

  • Eleni
    Posted at 09:00h, 12 September Reply

    You are one talented lady! I love the dashed fabric you created x

  • Bromeliad
    Posted at 15:23h, 12 September Reply

    Awesome project.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:38h, 13 September Reply

    See, doesn’t something you made mean more to you? and especially to the cause? I love love love it., and love your vanity area…
    I voted for you!
    xo Nancy

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