Tuesday, June 23, 2009

project telephone bench

I was talking to my mom a couple of days ago - telling her about my recent obsession with refinishing and reupholstering old furniture. She told me that a while ago she had found a vintage telephone bench on someone's tree lawn with the intention of re-doing it, but she had nowhere to put it so she stuck it in the basement.
"If you want it, you can have it," she said. I was at her house five minutes later. This was on Sunday afternoon. Wasn't it a beauty? I saw the potential and got right to work. But before I did, I documented how bad it looked.
It's now Tuesday night and it is finished. After a good sanding, three coats of wood stain and a newly reupholstered seat cushion, we now are proud owners of a charming little piece of furniture.
I found this fabric, and although it doesn't quite match or coordinate with the living room, it seems to work - and i love it. i think i've found my calling in life...refinishing old furniture, it's just so very rewarding.


Walking in the rain said...

that looks awesome Jess! you have an eye for making things beautiful :) you do a great job!

Quiet Oasis said...

Super cool. That's amazing the difference. I LOVE doing this stuff... and with the before and after. I have one of these benches from my gma.... but the fabric is 80s plaid. Maybe I should redo that.

Marisa said...

great job on the refinish. a conversation starter, too!

Jess said...

QO - you should definitely redo the bench - then post pics!

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