A Burlap and Lace Makeover for a Really Old Bench

Dixie Belle Paint Company has 5 NEW colors!  We’re featuring a new color every week here on the All Things New Again Blog.

This week we highlight a crisp bright white called Cotton, perfect for that farmhouse look everyone loves.

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Sometimes the biggest part of a painted furniture makeover isn’t what you do to it … it’s what you have to un-do.

We found this little bench in our travels over the summer.

Painted Furniture Makeover | Before Shot | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

I liked the shape of it—and I really liked that somebody had already made some structural repairs. I thought this would be an easy project—just painting it and adding new fabric to the seat.

But first … we had to get rid of that old fabric.

That bottom layer pulled right off.

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

Next, Dave flipped the chair right-side-up and pried off the decorative nails and trim.

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

That wasn’t so hard … but that wasn’t the end of it either!

We found a layer of padding …

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

… more old fabric …

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

… more padding …

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair SeatPainted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

 … even older fabric.

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

This was starting to seem like a never-ending project, but Dave kept peeling off layers and layers of old fabric and padding.

Finally, he got all the way down to …

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

… horsehair!!

Now that’s an old chair!

An old chair that has seen  A LOT of re-do’s over the years.

Now it was (finally!) time for one more …

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

Dixie Belle Paint | chalk mineral paint | Cotton | bright white paint | farmhouse white

Photo courtesy of Dixie Belle Paint Co.

I painted the frame with a new color called Cotton from Dixie Belle Paint Company, the no-VOC chalk/mineral paint we sell at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.

(We also have an affiliate link to Dixie Belle’s full line of products. Click here. They ship everywhere.)

Cotton is the brightest white in the Dixie Belle rainbow and one of five new colors released this month. It is the perfect shade of white for that crisp farmhouse look everyone loves … and the perfect shade to match my living room at home where I’m keeping this bench for me!

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat

Dave built a new seat for the bench. We lucked out and had an old sofa pillow that fit the space perfectly. We used the pillow for the seat cushion instead of building it up with new padding.

Then we covered it with burlap for a rustic look … followed by elegant lace. I love the way these two very different textiles go together perfectly on this little bench.Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat | Burlap and Lace Chair Seat | Rustic and Elegant Chair Makeover

Here’s the finished bench!

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat | Burlap and Lace Chair Seat | Rustic and Elegant Chair Makeover | Dixie Belle Paint Co | chalk and mineral paint | Cotton | farmhouse white furniture

Painted Furniture Makeover | Vintage Bench | How to Re-Cover a Chair Seat | Burlap and Lace Chair Seat | Rustic and Elegant Chair Makeover | Dixie Belle Paint Co | chalk and mineral paint | Cotton | farmhouse white furniture

I really like the new look!

But I’m sure—eventually—somebody else will come along and re-do it again. It might even be me!

~ Cathy

All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.)

We sell hand-painted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project. We also offer painting classes and workshops. Our monthly Learn How to Paint Furniture Class is coming up this Sunday, October 15. We have space available, but you need to register in advance.

Click here for details.

 

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