before and after

before & after: simple bench redo + painted decanter

by Kate Pruitt

Erin and her husband were on the lookout for a bench to accompany their entry console table and provide extra seating in their living room. They managed to snatch up this bench at a hotel liquidators’ sale and refurbish it into a sharp, modern piece. The upholstery fabric they’ve chosen provides a nice, bold contrast to the simple frame, and I love the addition of the smart white welting. The dog seems pretty intrigued, as well, and that’s always a good sign :) Lovely work, Erin! — Kate

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Here’s a quick breakdown of how Erin transformed this little bench:

Time: 4 hours

Cost: $35 plus the cost of fabric

Basic Steps: Erin unscrewed the cushion from the base, stripped the old fabric and removed all the old staples from the piece, which took about an hour. She then sewed the new upholstery for it and reupholstered the cushion while her husband sawed the legs down a little so that they could fit the bench under the console table. They left the wood as is and added felt feet to protect the floors. Voila!

If you have a bench makeover in mind, here are some tutorials you may find useful:

CLICK HERE for the “After” of Emma’s painted decanter!

We go through bottles like a wildfire in my house — they aren’t all booze, I promise. Somehow we just keep accumulating glass bottles with neat shapes, and I never knew quite what to do with them until I saw this adorable decanter design by Emma. By adding a quick and easy paint design and a matching stopper, Emma turned this old whiskey bottle into a lovely personalized decanter. I could easily see a set of these displayed on a bar cart or presented as the perfect hostess gift. Great idea, Emma!

Here’s a quick breakdown of how Emma achieved the look. You can see images of her process here on her site.

Time: 1 hour plus 30 min for baking time (to set the paint)

Cost: $5 for the paint pens and the rest was free (if on-hand)

Basic Steps:

1. Peel off the label with warm soapy water. Let it dry completely.

2. Pick out a design for the bottle front (and draft it if you need to).

3. Apply the pattern with a Sharpie marker (in case you need to correct mistakes).

4. Go over the pattern with an enamel pen (this part is permanent).

5. Add color details with ceramic paint (also permanent).

6. Paint your bottle stopper a complementary color (make sure it fits in the neck of the bottle).

7. Bake both at 350 for 30 minutes (or follow directions on the ceramic paint bottle).


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