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Forget searching for the perfect bench and make your own; just the way you like it! There is nothing better than taking things into your own hands and fully customizing your own shape, size, color, style, and fabric.
A lot of you have been in search of the perfect bench to place at the end of your bed, in the hallway, or walk-in closet and have failed unsurprisingly! That is why I’ve decided to feature this easy DIY where you can make your own custom upholstered bench! It will take some time, patience, and most importantly creativity but the end result is spectacular!
This project is for a 48” x 16” x 20” tall bench.
- 2 48” 1×4’s
- 2 14” 1×4’s
- 4 legs
- 4 table leg top plate attachments
- 48” x 16” plywood
- 48” x 16” foam
- Batting and lining
- 4 4” square scrap wood pieces
- Electric stapler
- Spray adhesive
- Prime and paint
- 4 3” squares (optional)
1. Nail all the sides of 1×4’s together. Glue and then nail one 3” square of wood in each corner lining it up evenly with the top. This is where the leg will be attached. You could also attach your legs to the plywood top, but we wanted more of the decorative part of the legs to show.
2. Flip it over and attach the 16” x 48” piece of plywood with a power nailer around the edge.
3. Spray the top of plywood and bottom of the foam with spray adhesive and lay it on top of the plywood.
4. Stretch the batting tight, covering the foam and stapling it around the bottom. Then cover the batting with a piece of lining the same way (optional). This is where your decorative fabric comes in, attach it using the same method with a staple gun.
5. Cut the bulky fabric that is left in the corners close to the staples.
6. Attach the top table plate to each of the legs and prime and paint them with your desired color.
7. Attach the table plate to each corner with 4 screws it came with.
8. Screw the legs on and… voila!
Photos via Shannon Berrey
BDB Tip: To add some extra jazz hammer in some studs all around your new bench. Another project I came across used a vintage fur coat to cover the whole seat. I could definitely see myself adding some gold fringe all around with perhaps some tassels at each corner!
Transform a plain lampshade and turn it into something spectacular by placing your very own monogram right smack in the middle! I’m all about customization and one-of-a-kind pieces so this simple DIY makes the perfect project for this weekend. Keep reading for full instructions!
- Inexpensive white lampshades
- Spray glue/adhesive
- Printer, paper, scissors
- Search the web for an appropriate monogram to cut your felt out of. Print out the monogram you like and cut out each of the letters. Spray glue it onto the felt and cut out the different letters.
- Find the placement of your monogram by measuring out the middle of your lampshade.
- Start with the middle initial and place your letters onto the lamp shade. The felt will actually stick so you can lightly pencil mark where you want each of the letters to go. Spray the felt pieces with glue and place them back in the correct spot. Erase the pencil marks.
- If you like you can glue some cute trim to the bottom of your shade and… voila!
Give your home a heavenly holiday smell this season with an easy evergreen, cinnamon, orange, and spice stove top potpourri mix. This lovely aroma lingers throughout your home and greets your guests with the most wonderful scents of the season. I love to use homemade gifts like these to give away as gifts to friends and family. What’s even better is that it’s so easy to make and super cheap! Check out the recipe below:
Holiday Stove Top Potpourri Mix
- One whole orange peel
- ½ cup cranberries
- 1 Tbsp. whole cloves
- 3 sticks of cinnamon
- Pinch of grated nutmeg
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and fill the pan with water. Place on the smallest burner of the stove on the lowest setting. Refill water as needed. Don’t let the water completely evaporate and refill it when you turn it on. Voila!
BDB Tip: One mix can stay good for weeks and even if it turns brown from heating, it continues to smell wonderful.