Do you have a small chair or bench that you want to reupholster but are not sure how to?  Here is a simple tutorial for the beginner on how to reupholster small furniture. 


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                          This bench is small and will be easy to cover with a piece of different fabric.  


I selected a classic fabric in Chartreuse with a white leafy pattern. This fabric was only a $1.00 a yard at my local thrift store.  FYI...check out your local thrift stores for the fabric you might be surprised as to what you will find!    

You will need the following tools:


staple gun


measuring tape or ruler


flip over and remove the screws.
 I am covering up the old fabric so I left that intact.


Measure & Cut the new fabric (I left 3" more than the size of the cushion) 

I labeled the cushion and the bench: Top, Bottom, Right, and Left.  I did this so the holes will line up with the screws when it comes time to put the bench back on the legs. 


While I was stapling.  I noticed my kitty eyeballing me.  I know what he's thinking.."Are you making that for me"?

Pull the fabric tight and start with one staple in the middle.

Working out from the middle put one staple on the left and one on the right (pulling tight on the fabric)

Then fold the corners in making a triangle shape and staple (I used my hammer to tap in the staples that did not penetrate all the way through the fabric and bench.) Repeat this process around the entire bench.

 It should look like this when you are finished.

Flip over and screw the legs back on.  That's all there is to it!  Pat yourself on the back.  You did it!

Place under a sunny window

The minute I placed this bench in front of the window it instantly became a lookout bench for my Romeo.  Little did I know when I started this project I would be making a bird-watching perch for my cat.

"I love the fabric it matches my eyes".

So what do you think of my tiny bench with its new fabric?  I know it's not perfect, but I did it myself and it only cost a dollar.  Are you ready to reupholster your own chair or bench?
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  1. That fabric really perked up that bench. It looks so fresh and pretty. I like the white paint on it too. Romeo is so cute and looks very appreciative of "his" new bird watching bench. :-) I have an old bench like that. I'm not sure why I hadn't though of painting it and giving it a face lift. It really could use it. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  2. Very cute! Great deal on your fabric. Love your cat!! We have three and one the same colour. I have refurbished a footstool as well with my husband's help turning it from drab to fab!

  3. Beautiful choose of fabric and love the price also. I am going to try this. thks

  4. Gorgeous little footstool! I love the carved details. You did an awesome

  5. So helpful, and such a simple way to transform a piece like that. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  6. Beautiful work! Gorgeous kitty! I have 1 just like him.

  7. Love the bench, the fabric is perfect! Adorable kitty! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  8. I love the fabric and it really does match Romeo's eyes! I bought a wooden base that is short at a thrift a couple years ago. I've yet to do anything with it. I need to buy a piece of paneling and some foam and get er done! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. I love that material , nice change up. Great job!



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