This project took a bit longer than I anticipated, but I can finally show you the complete makeover of the bench I pulled out of the trash. Here’s a reminder of how it looked when I found it.
With the tear in the vinyl seat cushion cover I temporarily sealed it with packing tape to protect the foam cushion from the rain. That lasted a day while I was cleaning and sanding the bench. Afterwards I dragged it inside to paint.
First up was painting the bench. I picked this beach-y turquoise color.
Already it looked much better. Even though my house sits back from the street and the bench was on the deck passersby noticed it and came by to admire it. I had two offers to sell the bench before recovering the cushion and one since. It’s not for sale but it’s nice to know the bright paint catches attention.
Then it was time to work on the cushion. The foam cushion covered a pressed wood board that was water damaged in one section.
I primed and painted the board before recovering it. To prevent further damage from the elements I covered the foam and board with two tall kitchen garbage bags and sealed the seams between them with packing tape. I used an indoor/outdoor fabric but that only means it won’t fade in the sunlight not that it’s waterproof. Here’s the underside of the cushion.
It wasn’t easy to get the packing tape to adhere to the painted wood but once I had stapled the fabric in place the plastic was more secure.
The packing tape held securely to the plastic of the bags so I’m confident there won’t be any issues with mold forming in the foam from rain. Finally, it was time to staple in place the new fabric and attach the cushion to the bench.
And a close up of the fabric.
I had crossed my fingers that the colors of the fabric would match the paint chosen for the bench. Online images aren’t always true to color but in this case it was exactly what I’d hoped for. You can see a bit of the bench at the top of the photo and see how well the turquoise in the fabric matches the paint.
While I’ve refused to sell the bench I have agreed to restore a bench should one woman find one and have a job lined up to make a set of curtains for a dining room for another person out of the same fabric. That’s a win-win for me. I have a bench for the deck I love and two jobs as a result of dressing my outdoor space.
One last time. The bench as I found it.
And the bench today.
It’s hard for me to imagine how the previous owner couldn’t see beyond the worn appearance to see what a gem she had. I happened to pass by her house and saw a new wicker bench where this used to sit. Mine’s more colorful. 🙂