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April 27, 2010

Sunny under the eaves

More party dressing, this time under the deep eaves overhanging the backdoor patio. I didn’t want this seating area to be dreary, despite being in deep shade: enter my vintage L-shaped bench. This yard sale find — in bright yellow vinyl — would surely shine some light on the situation. But, looking closely at it I had to admit it was showing its age, and the effects of having been outside during winter’s rains. The vinyl seat was cracking and had taken on an unpleasant hardened appearance. I figured we’d have to take drastic measures and reupholster it, but without much time, taking it to a professional was out of the question. We’d have to do it ourselves. So we headed out  …

… to Ikea, naturally. I’d seen some terrific graphic-printed fabric in their catalog and thought I’d find something there for very little cash. And, I did! The fabric I bought to re-cover the bench’s seat was a two-yard remnant for less than $10, but, better than the price,  it was almost a perfect match for the bench’s yellow vinyl. Once home, Paul and I unscrewed the bench seats and positioned them on the fabric.  (Paul thought it would be a good idea to have the white plant graphic coming over the seat from behind and I agreed.) Now, with the seat turned upside down on the fabric, we pulled it as taut as possible, and using heavy-duty staples, secured it to its wooden backing. We did one side, then the opposing side, to be sure there would be no sagging. And, we took extra care on the corners to keep bunching to a minimum. Turning the newly covered seat over, we admired our work. To make the new conversation area user-friendly, I accessorized with a stump cocktail table; the irregularly natural tripod shape was a good foil for the angles of the bench. Another stump, this one with a peek-a-boo cut-out, was topped with a leftover granite piece from our kitchen remodel. A student ceramic bowl holds citrus fruits for a hit of color. Already-there succulents in containers provide backup for the scene, as the sunny half of this blog’s symbol shines down his approval. The party past us now, Paul’s been using the bench for typing notes on his laptop — I think we’ll be keeping this setup in place for a while …

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2010 3:28 pm

    Very nicely done! So is the back pad still the original vinyl? Nice match. And I agree the positioning of the white graphic is perfect!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 27, 2010 3:50 pm

      HI, Loree… yep, we didn’t trust ourselves to re-do the back pad so it’s the original vinyl… and I love how the graphic peeks over, too!

  2. April 27, 2010 3:29 pm

    p.s. I’ve kind of stopped thrifting/garage sale/vintage shopping over the last few years. But looking at all of your super finds makes me want to start up again!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 27, 2010 3:52 pm

      Don’t give up … Thrifting/garage sale/vintage shopping is too much fun, and because it’s all so inexpensive you really take risks without too much worry that you’re wasting money… at least that’s my policy!

  3. dave permalink
    April 27, 2010 4:10 pm

    Nice job on this! Also loved your party pix. You have a very nice touch. Am thinking I should get out and do some thrifting too, though it would be tough in the city without a car!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 27, 2010 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Dave! You’re invited to my next party, too … and remember: you don’t need a car, just a friend with one!

  4. Elizabeth Han permalink
    April 28, 2010 1:12 am

    What a charming setup. 🙂

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