Posted by: Kara | July 31, 2009

Cover Your Seat

I found this amazing bench at where else, the UNT Surplus store, a few weeks ago and fell in love. I was even more in love with the price tag at get this – $10!!! The bright orange color, though kind of cool and retro, was in some nasty condition so a cushion recovering was definitely in order.

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I headed out to JoAnn’s Fabric and began browsing through all the fabrics and came across a gorgeous black and white lattice print that was in the “special order” department in the back. I took it up to the cashier to inquire about the shipping time and the price. She said I could take the small square swatch home for $5 and that if I wanted to place an order it could take up to 6 weeks. Hmmm, I thought, it’s really cute but do I want to wait that long? Then she told me, “oh, and the price is on the back.” That very special price was $45…a yard. Yikes, hello people, I only paid $10 for my bench, I wasn’t about to fork over $135 just for fabric! So my decision then became pretty easy. I put the swatch back and found an equally appealing black and white houndstooth fabric that was on sale for $7.99 a yard – much more manageable. Dave and I got to work on our first reupholstering project and were mighty pleased with the results. I had thought about painting the bench but we ended up really liking the natural looking finish on the wood so we stayed with it. Let us know what you think!

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Responses

  1. Kara, you rock!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. again…you are so creative!

  3. Is that from the GAB!!? 🙂 Nice job!

  4. Uh, I love that. You might also like to read this blog: younghouselove.com

    I am slightly obsessed with it and just love all her ideas!

  5. Gloria, I wasn’t sure if it was from the GAB or perhaps Wooten! It’s nice to have a little piece of UNT right in our living room though 🙂

  6. […] first walk in I decided we were going to need two nice sitting chairs to accompany our beauty of a bench. And so began my new pastime of chair collecting. I sort of couldn’t stop. I kept finding […]


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