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Farmhouse Bench Makeover : Super Easy Reupholstry Project

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Don’t let that furniture makeover scare you! This super simple Farmhouse Bench Makeover will give you the confidence you need! Make sure to check out our other Furniture Diys while you’re here!

Supplies needed for this project :

  • Screwdriver
  • Staple remover
  • Staple gun
  • Chalk paint
  • Paste wax
  • Burlap fabric or fabric of choice
  • Painter’s tape
  • Chalk paint brush and wax brush
  • Scissors
  • Fiberfill (optional)

1. Remove the Cushion

The first thing you want to do is remove the cushion. Usually it has been screwed onto the legs, and you can find this out by turning over the bench. You can see here where the screws are under this one. Once you have unscrewed all of these, your cushion should separate from the legs.

the bottom of a bench where it is screwed onto the cushion

2. Remove the Fabric from the Cushion

Using a staple remover, remove the staples from the bottom of the cushion. I like this Bostitch Staple remover, because it’s magnetic and that helps with staple cleanup.

someone using a staple remover to take fabric off of a bench cushion

The fiberfill that was under this fabric was still in good condition, so I left it intact. If you need to replace yours, that is easily replaced. You can get it at any craft store and even Walmart. Old pillows are also great for recycling the fiberfill. Just make sure to spread it out evenly over the entire surface of the board used for the cushion.

a bench cushion that has had the fabric removed and is laying on top of it

3. Cut a New Piece of Fabric

I wanted this bench to have a farmhouse style, so I used burlap fabric for the cushion. You can use the fabric that you have taken off the original cushion to help measure for a new piece of fabric. Your cut does not have to be perfect either. Didn’t I tell you this was super simple??

a piece of burlap laying on the floor with a floral fabric and a pair of scissors laying on top of it

4. Add the New Fabric to the Cushion

Start by laying the board with the fiberfill onto the piece of fabric and center it.

a board with fiberfill attached laying on top of a piece of burlap

Staple one side at a time, going next to the opposite side, then to the adjacent sides. Finally, staple the corners, pulling tight during this entire process.

5. Paint the Legs to the Bench

Either before or after you reupholster the cushion, paint the legs to the bench seat using chalk paint. I use chalk paint because the coverage is much better than most paints, and you can see that process >>HERE<< when we painted our kitchen table. The color that I chose was called Stormy Seas by 2 Chicks & a Toolbelt. It’s a vintage blue color. Enjoy our exclusive discount, using coupon code [ECLECTICTREASURES] when ordering from their website!

Chalky chicks furniture paint in the color Stormy Seas being held by someone

6. Add any Additional Details

To add the stripes, I used painter’s tape and applied it directly onto the fabric, leaving a space like shown to paint the stripe.

someone adding painter's tape to a burlap bench seat cushion

I used the same paint color as the legs. Just paint directly onto the burlap.

a burlap seat cushion that has a stripe painted onto it with the help of painter's tape

Once the first stripe is painted, remove the tape and replace it where you can add a second and third stripe.

a burlap cushion with three stripes painted onto it laying on a table

7. Add the Cushion to the Painted Legs

Once you’ve added any embellishments or details, add the cushion back to the legs using the same screws that you removed at first. Wow! What a difference! Enjoy your new farmhouse bench seat!

a blue and burlap cushioned bench with a white background Farmhouse Bench Makeover

I hope you enjoyed this Farmhouse Bench Makeover and that it inspires you to make something similar for your farmhouse home decor! Make sure to join our email family so we can keep in touch.

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