Friday, January 30, 2015

How to Make a Padded Dining Room Bench Seat with Removable Washable Drop Cloth Cover


I managed to finish painting my dining table and chairs just prior to Christmas. I'm in love with my Faux Plank Table Top. I mentioned how I wanted to also add a bench seat, and now I have. :)

I used one of the bench seats from our outdoor setting as these rarely get used. 

I had an old quilt cover and it was perfect to use as seat padding. 


I just measured it out and cut it to size. I used a double layer so it would be softer. 


I was going to keep the cotton cover on, but it was a bit lumpy and given it had flat wadding inside it was easy enough to just pull the stitched cotton cover off.


I used my staple gun to attach the wadding and cut off the overhang. 


I purchased a canvas drop sheet from Bunnings Hardware for $25. It was the right width which mean't I only had to overlock one cut edge, and I have a lot left over for another project. My daughter suggested curtains. :)


The cover itself was quite easy to make. I measured the seat and then cut a rectangle to size. Then I cut side length squares out of each corner, pinned the edges together and sewed them. Too easy.


I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I must admit I love a good upholstering and sewing project using drop cloth. :)


The slip cover is easy to remove and wash which is a bonus with 2 small children. 


And I think the bench seat really opens up this area and makes it more inviting.


The extra two seats I've placed on either side of my white sideboard.


I'm so happy with how my bench seat turned out. Do you like or have a bench seat?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A New Coffee Table for the Lounge Room



Although I loved our round coffee table, I have been keeping an eye out for something a bit bigger. The kids play on the coffee table (or should I say "kids table") a lot and they are often fighting for space. 

So when I saw this larger oval coffee table on Gumtree for a bargain price, I had to get it. I could not believe it was in such good condition when I got it home. I also most didn't want to do any DIY on it, almost. :)



Not much furniture comes into my home that doesn't get painted so I anguished over what I should do with this. Hubby wanted me to just paint the legs white and leave the top alone. But I'm not a big fan of dark stained wood with extra shiny lacquer. Blah!

Fate stepped in after I had had it less than 24 hours. I put a cup coaster on it and when I took if off a few hours later there was a strange milky white satin. I had no idea what it was (do you?) so I spray and wiped it and scratched it with my finger nail a few times and totally damaged the top. Bugger.


The stain faded away, but my efforts took off some of the lacquer and left scratch marks.  I think the lacquer might have bubbled??

So I painted the table white with chalk paint. Both the legs and the top. :)


Then sanded the edges to distress and gave it a couple of coats of clear varnish.


Aren't the details just gorgeous. 


I love it. The shape and size is perfect for our lounge room. 


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Monday, January 26, 2015

Coffee Table Restyles and My New Favourite Tool



I love my little round wooden coffee table.

I had been searching for one for ages when I found this one at a yard sale 2 years ago and knew it was coming home with me.

This is how it originally looked (back when we still had our black leather lounges). White and chippy.  And we used it like this for a while, until I decided it was "restyle time".

November 2012
So I used gel paint remover to get most the paint off the top which was a big pain cause it was messy and smelt toxic. Then I sanded off the rest, mixed up my own dark stain and sealed it with clear varnish.  And it stayed this way for a little while (along with my new Ektorp lounge), until ...

August 2013
 The dark top was too dark and made the table look small.  So I decided to repaint the top white again.

December 2013
But the white was showing all the kids texta marks, so, yep, you guessed it, I changed it again. 

This time I sanded all the paint off the top, including the stain beneath. It took about 3 hours over two days with my rotary hand sander and left a lot of ripples in the wood. Not the best look, but after so much sanding I was over it. 

So, I gave the top a few coats of white wash to try to hide the grooves and then a few coats of clear varnish.  Sorry this is the only picture I could find.  (Note I have my set of Ektorps now. :)

November 2014
But those ripples bothered me. A lot.

Then a few weeks ago hubby suggested I purchase a belt sander to level the table and take out all the grooves. 

We went to Bunnings and got an Ozito Belt Sander. It is at the cheaper end of the sanders, but for a first timer, I didn't want to spend too much.



Yesterday we unpacked it and gave it a whirl.

Wow!! This is totally my new favourite tool! 

Those grooves were gone in less than 20 minutes. A vast improvement on the 3 hours it took me to make them. 

I know this sander is going to be an absolute time saver for me and well worth the investment.

So back to my coffee table. After sanding it down with 80 grit, then 120 grit, then 240 grit, it was ready to clear varnish. I had to build up a few coats to get the coverage I wanted but I couldn't be happier with the result. 

January 2015
There are a few very minimal grooves but none that jump out enough to bother me.


And I don't plan on changing it again any time soon. Although I do now have a cool sander which could do the job in no time. ;)


But the real reason I am sharing this coffee table restyle with you now is that I have found a new coffee table for our lounge room which I will be sharing with you shortly.

 But don't worry, after all we have been through, I am keeping my beloved, many times restyled, round wooden coffee table. It is going into storage until I either move it back or find a home for it in another room. :)

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