Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Goodwill Hunting: Entryway Bench

Before purchasing my new home, I almost never shopped in thrift stores, but had read and heard of so many awesome finds.  Upon moving into the house a few months ago, I finally realized just how much furniture I would need to decorate and fill up the whole thing, much less on a new homeowner's budget.  So I decided to visit my local Goodwill store.
I must admit I was pretty skeptical that I would even find anything to my liking and feared that everything in there was creepin' and crawlin'.  But facing my fears, I entered the store, heading straight for the furniture section.  And what do you know--the first thing I spot is this beauty:
Sure, two of the legs were cracked and the seat had sunken in, but from the moment I saw her in all her faded green glory, I knew she had to be mine.

Price of the bench: $30 $15 with its half off discount!!!
The fabric didn't exactly match the rest of our decor so we gutted it down to its core.
After purchasing new foam and picking out just the right fabric, we sewed and stapled and even added a little piping along edges.  The piece makes for the perfect entryway bench (prior to this stood a big blank wall).  I couldn't have been more pleased with the results!

Costs
  • Bench: $15
  • Foam and fabric: $108
  • Staples, glue & tacks: $11
Total cost of my completely customized entryway bench: ~$134!!
Happy Hunting,
Zorrie


21 comments :

  1. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL !!!!!

    Do you know the name of that fabric ???? LOVE IT !

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm sorry, I bought the fabric at the LA fabric mart and didn't catch the name, but I found the same one for you on etsy ;)

      http://www.etsy.com/listing/92482739/quatrefoil-fabric-by-the-yard-blackivory?ref=sr_gallery_26&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=moroccan+fabric&ga_page=1&ga_ref=related&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

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  2. Luuuuuurve this! The shape is super chic and the fabric is perfect! Nice job!

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  3. This is a fabulous transformation - love it! xxx

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  4. I just found your blog & I love it!!! This bench re-do is beautiful!! I would love for you to come link it up at my linky party. It goes live every thursday night. I know my readers will love your style. http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2012/07/link-up-with-me-liz-marie-9/ Hope to see you there!

    liz marie
    lizmarieblog.com

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  5. Looovvvee the bench!!! Black a white is classic.

    Stephanie

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  6. SIMPLY STUNNING! You really did a sweet job:)What a great before & after!

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  7. P.S. Hey Zorre Im your newest follower and Im loving your blog!Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

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    1. Awesome! Heading over to your blog right now! :)

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  8. looks amazing love it great job

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  9. How many yards did you buy? I can't seem to find an estimator for this chaise anywhere and I am also reupholstering a very similar one...

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    1. Hi Catherine, check out this link: http://pinterest.com/pin/16395986114162159/. There are a lot of these guides all over the web but this one has the one closest to my piece. I purchased 6 yards and it was almost the exact perfect amount. I hardly had any fabric left over. You may want to get 6.25 or 6.5 yards to be safe.
      Good luck! Let me know when you're done with it--I'd love to see the before and after! :)
      Zorrie

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    2. Thank you Zorrie! I'll update you once it is finished :)

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  10. Love your blog and this project featuring quatrefoil (one of my favorite patterns!) so I featured your project in my roundup of crafty quatrefoil projects here. Feel free to check it out and hope you like it!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  11. This is gorgeous!! I love how it turned out! The fabric is perfect!

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  12. I simply found your journal through the presently, and it's beautiful! however cute was that scavenger hunt?job hunting i might imagine that ear plugs were necessary because of the squeaking and guffawing. lovely photos and delightful women. You altogether be a brilliant mama award!

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