Today we're continuing with the master bedroom makeover saga. The bedroom is slowly coming together.
I found a piano bench to use as the clothes catchall. Everyone has a clothes catchall in the bedroom. I painted the piano bench and recovered the seat and it looks awesome.
This is how the piano bench looked before the makeover. Not too stylish but it’s what I was looking for to replace the trunk that usually sits in front of the bedroom window. I would guess the mustard yellow seat is from the 50’s or 60’s.
This isn’t the trunk we had in the space just before the bedroom makeover but it's one of many in a long line of trunks that have inhabited the space. Trunks make great clothes catchalls and are great for storing everything from clothes to home decor.
I chose the piano bench for the space because it’s small and the legs (instead of a solid wall of wood such as the trunk) make the space more open and thus look larger. Our bedroom is on the small side and in choosing new furniture and decor I’m using various techniques to make the room look larger.
That's one reason I went with a new headboard only instead of a headboard and foot board. Just a few inches can make a difference and when we walk into the bedroom our eyes land on the window across the room instead of stopping at the foot board.
Anyway, let’s continue with the piano bench makeover process. As you can see the piano bench or piano stool, whichever term you prefer, has a storage space.
Before painting the bench I removed the padded seat and the little thingie that holds the lid up and keeps it from flopping backwards.
The bench was a bit wobbly and all I did was tighten the leg screws and no more wobble.
The paint color is the same special mix I used for the nightstands. I promise to share the formula soon. I have a cedar chest to paint and it’s going to be the same off-white color. The cedar chest will be going to the shop to sell.
This is how the piano bench looked after one coat of paint. I brushed on two coats and then started distressing the paint.
It’s more time consuming and difficult to distress paint by hand but you have more control this way.
For the piano bench I gave up on doing the job by hand and pulled out my handy dandy battery powered Ryobi sander.
Okay, all done with the painting and time to recover the piano bench seat. The seat smelled a bit musty so I cleaned it with a mix of bleach and water. The red arrows you see on the fabric are pointing to the screw holes where the seat attaches to the bench.
Sometimes the screw holes get covered up with the new fabric and I have to hunt for them. Also this way I can tell which is the front and back of the bench which will help with me when I am placing the fabric so the design is just right.
You might have noticed the vinyl covered seat has a welt cording around the top sides and bottom edges. I planned to cover the seat as is and in order to cover the cord so there isn’t a big lump under the new fabric I found a roll of polyfill sheeting in my stash of stuff.
I wrapped the poly sheeting tight around the seat and stapled it along the edges.
Next I turned the seat face up and placed the fabric just so-so and flipped the seat over to start stapling the fabric to the bottom of the seat.
I have a complete tutorial on recovering a chair, cedar chest, or an anything seat here. Recovering a padded seat is ridiculously easy.
The extra padding around the original seat made the piano bench so cushy. The seat was a bit squashed. I bet it saw a lot of use over the years.
How pretty is that old piano bench now. You wouldn’t guess it was the same one would you?
Love that distressed white paint. The fabric might not be perfect against the graphic design in the curtains but it works for me.
I still have one more perfect furniture piece to find before the bedroom is complete. I'll take pictures of the whole room when it’s done….hopefully it will get done soon.
That’s all for me guys. How do you like the bench? If you have time please leave a note. As always thanks for spending time with me, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com