The products used for this project were generously provided by Fairfield World but the genuine (and sometimes witty) opinions expressed are completely my own.
We are coming to the end of another month and that means another super fun project for The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! (You can check out my previous projects for this group here and here) This month our theme was Mix & Match and the Sponsor was Fairfield World.I have to admit that I didn’t know a whole lot about Fairfield World before I began this challenge but the more I learned about them, the more I was thrilled to be able to work with such a cool company! Fairfield World is a family owned business that is celebrating their 75th Anniversary this year and their collection of products is incredible. They carry everything from foam to fabric to fillers.
For the Mix & Match challenge this month, I wanted to create something out of these two very outdated side tables that I had kicking around. With there being two tables, I thought it would be cool to turn them into benches that could be used either as one long coffee table, two updated side tables or as extra seating when needed. I began the project by painting both tables in a custom mix, medium grey colour. To create the seating for the benches, I first traced the table tops onto the Foamology Foam. This foam is a nice thick, flat one that would work perfectly to not only set something on but provide a nice cushy seat. To cut the foam I used an electric knife. Tip: you can usually find electric knives by the droves in thrift stores so you can pick one up really cheap. If you have struggled to ever cut foam before, this is the magic answer! Using an electric knife allows you to cut the foam perfectly straight and it slides through it like butter. Once the foam was cut, I sprayed the table tops and under side of the foam with spray adhesive and then stuck them together. The adhesive will keep the foam securely in place and keep it from slipping around once the project is finished. To make the foam and table edges a little softer and smoother, I covered the entire top with two layers of the flat batting. I measured out a piece that was large enough to wrap under the edge of the table and then used a staple gun to secure it in place. For the covering on the new benches, I chose a heavy, cotton, Spoonflower fabric in greys, pinks and creams. It is absolutely gorgeous fabric! I applied the fabric in the same way that I applied the two flat batting layers… and added a skirt made out of the same fabric around the edge of the seat. I wanted to cover up those weird little square leg pieces that made the tables look outdated and the skirt was the perfect solution. To finish the look off (and to cover up the staples and edge of the skirt) I attached a cream coloured cotton trim. Not only were these outdated side tables given a new life… but they also provide extra seating when needed. I love how the mix of the beautiful fabric, the old side tables and the cream cotton trim all work so well together to create a unique new look.
A huge thanks to Fairfield World for providing the foam and batting necessary to create such a fun new look!
To see some other incredible “Mix & Match” projects by the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest hosts, please visit Charlotte at Ciburbanity and Colleen at 58 Water Street.
For more information about joining the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.