Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY Two Chair Bench

I have loved this idea since I first saw it on Pinterest!  The first pin I saw was from a magazine and the bench was made using two matching chairs.
It didn’t take long to find other pins and blogs utilizing the same concept. I particularly liked this one from Kindall’s Creations

She made her bench using three mismatched chairs…even more to my liking than the one made with matching chairs in the first pin.

I decided that I had to have one of these in my entryway!  I’ve been eyeing chairs for months.  My mother texted me about an awesome turquoise blue chair she saw at a Goodwill Store yesterday , so I ran out first thing this morning to get it before it was gone….a steal for $4.99!  Then, I picked up the second one at another Goodwill store for $9.99.DSCN7265
I loved the color of the blue one, so I decided to just sand it down a little rather than re-paint it.  The red one got a new color though!
I primed it with an inexpensive white spraypaint, then I sprayed it with a beautiful color:  Krylon Ocean Breeze Blue.
I fastened the chairs together with a small board across the back and a metal bracket behind the front legs.DSCN7270DSCN7271
I’m sure there are other (maybe better) ways to do this, but it worked for me.
The bench from Kindall’s Creations (see above) had a cushion made with king-size pillows.  I looked at foam cushions but they were too pricey, so I also went with pillows.  For $2.50/each, I purchased two standard pillows at Walmart .  It was probably unnecessary, but I sewed the two pillows together before making the cover.DSCN7273
To keep a rustic/casual feel, I sewed the skirt strips together and just trimmed the edges with pinking shears.DSCN7275
After cutting the cotton fabric large enough to make a pillowcase, I pinned the skirt inside….pleating every few inches.DSCN7277
I put the pillows inside and stitched up the end….and I liked it.  The cushion needed something though…..tufting!!  I found a couple of buttons and placed them on either end. 
Now I love it!!! DSCN7283
I just want to make a bunch of cute little throw pillows for it!  Maybe holiday pillows….or monogrammed pillows….or ???? 

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  1. I love your blog, and I'm a new Linky follower. Stop by and follow too so we can stay connected. Lori

  2. This is super cute & I love the color choices!

  3. Clever idea! I love the color choices!

  4. Super Cute! I need to make one of these for my entry way too! I'd love it if you'd link up at my Pinned it, Made it! Party :) Its for all pinterest inspired projects!
    Ps... I'm your newest follower too!

  5. Your chairs are really cool. I never would of thought to put them together like that with one cushion.

    I’m a new follower. New to this linky party thing. So not quite sure what I’m doing yet.But for now I am posting a link from the post page I submitted.

    Love for you to stop by for a visit. And I hope you have a wonderful day.


  6. Thanks for sharing your bench @ catch as catch can! I have two chairs that I've been trying to decide "how" I want them to become a bench. I'm thinking front to front as opposed to side by side.
    Pillows are a much better choice than expensive foam!
    super job!

  7. This is DARLING!!! Hope you can link it up at my turquoise lovin' party!!

  8. So clever! I've never seen this done before, but it's a great idea!!!

    Nice work and thanks for linking it up at Creatively Living!


  9. I love it! It turned out so good! Thanks for linking it up!

  10. I've always wanted to make one of these! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  11. Oh so very cute! I wanna make one now! Thanks SO much for sharing at the Kiss Me I'm Irish linky party over at I Gotta Create!

  12. Adorable idea! Thanks for sharing! Please come back tomorrow to link up again!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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