Before & After – Sewing Bench

Good Morning!

I’m pretty giddy today…

The sun is out with no humidity, my wisteria are in full bloom, I just devoured my venti chai latte and I’m not going to lie to you – I’m eating a bag of M&M’s for lunch.

Perhaps the giddiness is the sugar rush?

I don’t care – I’ll take it.

I have been slaving away in the garage lately trying to get some painting projects done – one of which ended up being a bit more work than I had planned for…. but wait until you see the result!

But not today.

Today is a little sewing seat that was in my Grandmother’s basement.


A little scratched and scuffed and the cushion is a little dated (and smells like moth balls) – so I thought I’d make it into a portable stool/side table that you could put next to a chair to hold your tea and magazines (that you never get a chance to enjoy).


And look who came out to the garage to join me?

My girls love to use “real paint”.
No crayola for these two – they are desperate to use the stuff that ruins clothes and doesn’t wash out easily…

Just like Mommy.


The tongue sticking out while she works and the paint all over her leg and clothes is “just like Mommy too”. lol


Back to the stool – sand and prime.


Then two coats of Benjamin Moore’s “Revere Pewter“, which they advertise as a soft grey with warm undertones – but seems to look beige at my house?


Some updated fabric to reupholster the cushion seat and done!


You’re going to be sick of projects like these over the next week or so – but I’m loving them!


Speaking of – I’ve been asked by a few people if I would do a class on refinishing furniture.

If you are in the London area – would you be interested in attending?  Bring your own piece and we can work through it as a group to give you your own before and after?

 Have a great one!

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  1. Jen @ West Street Story June 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    I will never get sick of seeing your projects! Fabulous as always and what a fun memory with your daughter!

    • Shelly June 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm - Reply

      Yeah, as much as I hated the thought of her ruining clothes, it was fun gabbing and painting with her in the garage. My little buddy!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment and thank you for the compliment!

  2. jacqueline zwambag June 17, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

    I would love a workshop like this I have a stool very similar to this a d have totally been inspired but certain where to start. Hanks

    • Shelly June 17, 2014 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Are you in London? Let me figure out a time that might work and I’ll post information on the blog. Hopefully it will work for you and I’ll help get the ball rolling on your sewing seat!
      Details to come….

  3. mary scott June 17, 2014 at 2:12 am - Reply

    I love the stool – such a wonderful shape & legs. Beautiful job refinishing it. Please – more painting projects! Thanks

    • Shelly June 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Mary, you are a woman after my own heart! More projects on the way!!! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  4. Capri K @ No Whining Allowed June 18, 2014 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Just found you and I am loving your blog!
    That bench turned out darling! I have a similar one that was my grandmothers too. Not only is it a visual wreck, it is wobbly as all get out. I am a complete newbie at projects like this but getting close to taking the plunge! WISH I lived closer, would love to take your class, I am about 5 hours south in the Detroit area. Thank you for showing us your work!

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