Last week I had the privilege of being invited to speak at the Ottawa Home and Garden Show. During my talk on Upcycling, I also did a demo to show how easy it is to take something that is ready for the trash and make it into something beautiful for your home.
I stated with this side table that I found that was unusable because the caning on the top of the table had become brittle and broken.The wood, frame and legs of this table were in great condition so I decided it would be perfect as a bench. I love the lines of the legs and they are very sturdy so it will definitely hold some weight.
To being, I attached a piece of cardboard to the underside of the table to keep the caning from falling in little piles on the floor.Next I gave the legs and lip of the table a coat of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint® in a custom blend of Old White and Pure White. (I don’t have a picture of this stage as it was done at the Home Show)
After the paint, I began layering up the top of the table to form the bench. Between each layer I used some spray adhesive to hold them in place. I began on the top of the table with another piece of cardboard (just to hold the staples from the bottom layer) and then a piece of foam cut to match the size of the top of the table.Once the foam was in place, I covered it with a piece of batting to soften the look of the corners and edges. I attached the batting with a few staples under the lip of the table to hold it in place.Finally, to cover the foam and batting and finish of the bench, I used this gorgeous piece of Annie Sloan Fabric®*. I covered the top and then stapled it under the lip of the table to hold it in place. I then folded the ends like you would when wrapping a present because I wanted to see the beautiful stripes at different angles.
This beautiful bench is a perfect example of what I love about Upcycling… something that was broken and considered trash, was recreated into a beautiful bench that can be used anywhere and was saved from ending up in the dump!
*A special thank-you to Katrina from Malenka Originals in Ottawa for the beautiful Annie Sloan Fabric® that she kindly donated for the demo!