I had been looking for a bench to put in front of the window in our master bedroom. I knew exactly what I wanted. White, linen, simple. I found quite a few.
I love these benches from Ballard Designs. $549.00
Or this one from my favorite Pottery Barn. $499.00
This cute one is from Z Gallerie: $399.00
This one I found at Wisteria. $400.00
This simple bench is from William Sonoma-$850.00
I love all these benches!!! BUT I did not want to spend alot. I started looking for a less expensive bench I could re do. I found this little zebra bench at Kirklands. It was on clearance for $49.00. I did not bother putting it together since I was getting right to work on it!
Now for material. I knew I wanted white linen. I was SO EXCITED when I realized I had some laying around that was perfect!
I had bought these curtains from IKEA for my bathroom. I wanted white linen curtains on the windows. I could not find that in a valance. These are the Ritva curtains from IKEA and they are $24.99 for 2 panels. It is a great linen material!
Since I can't sew, I brought the two panels to a little sewing shop near my house and had these made. I think he charged me around $10.00. And I was left with a lot of left over material. PERFECT for my bench!!!!
I missed a few pictures of me actually recovering the bench. I get on a roll sometime and just GO! I did remove the zebra fabric first since it would show through the white fabric. I then used my staple gun and attached the fabric. I followed up with some left over nail heads I had. I love that look and it is so easy to do! I attached my white painted legs and here it is.......
The little throw pillows are from Pier 1.
Here is one of the legs close up. I love the Provence Annie Sloan Chalk Paint color. It is a beautiful blue. Mixed in with the clear wax it gives just a hint of blue. PRETTY!!
I love this bench. It is absolutely what I had wanted for that space. Here is a break down on what it cost me to make it:
Zebra bench: $49.00
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint: FREE already had on hand
Material: FREE-extra fabric just laying around!
Nail Head Trim: FREE had left over from another project
So I saved a couple hundred at least making this bench myself. LOVE THAT!!! :)