Pinterest Challenge Reveal – Modern Bench

Well my friends Katie and Sherry are at it again and this time they are joined by Cassie and Erin.  The winter edition of the Pinterest challenge is here.  And like all previous Pinterest Challenges, I worked up to the last second on this one.  Funny that my last post exclaimed that I was back to the whole blogging thing but haven’t posted anything for 10 whole days.  Well it has taken me some time to get back into the swing of things.  With 2 straight months of working like a mad woman, you forget things like laundry, bills, doctors appointments, etc.  So in order to get back in routine of life and make a project in time for the Pinterest Challenge, I had to prioritize. I can now say that I feel organized and re-energized (especially after this project).

So for this Pinterest challenge, I knew what I wanted to do.  See our dining room looks like this.

And I’m on a mission to make it more appealing, more homey, more colorful and ultimately include more seating.  So for this challenge, I focused on the seating aspect.  See I come from a large family, my mom has 11 siblings, I have 36 cousins and my cousins have 20 kids.  And that’s just on my mom’s side.  So I’m used to houses providing enough seating options just in case a tour bus stopped in front of your house and everyone asked to come inside and eat.  And as you can see from the above photo, everyone would be eating on the floor.

So scrolling through Pinterest on one of my many hunts, I found a lot of inspiration for some additional seating options. You can see them here, here and here.

So my first stop was Lowe’s, my favorite store besides Goodwill.  I picked up a large board and some table legs and started attaching them using dowel screws.  Lowe’s will cut the board you want to size, which is awesome since we don’t currently own a table saw.  The dimensions of this bench are 13″ deep by 48″ long.

Once all the legs were attached and stained, I added the foam, which  I picked up at Hobby Lobby (don’t forget to use your coupons).

Which I found out that I could cut using my serrated kitchen knife.

Then I used quilting batting and layered it over the foam and used a staple gun to secure it underneath.

Then came the fabric, which was by far the hardest part of this project.  I actually bought some fabric at JoAnn’s but being the indecisive individual that I was and the need to check EVERY store before I decide (which in this case I’m glad I did), I found this beauty at Hancock Fabrics (p.s. my new favorite home decor fabric stop).

And the final step, pairing it with our table.

It’s a little tall and the legs need another coat of stain, but it works and it has that sort of rustic worn feeling.  So there it is, my winter Pinterest project.  Mission complete.

8 thoughts on “Pinterest Challenge Reveal – Modern Bench

  1. I'm impressed! I haven't had the guts to do a furniture project, but I'm working my way up to it. You've inspired me to try something. 🙂

    Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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