{ Discover the Designer in You }

Before & After: Bench Upgrade

An old piano bench is updated and ready for use in any room of your home in today’s before and after photos…

This little gem was just a few dollars, but in desperate need of a makeover.

piano bench before

I had an old burlap coffee sack on hand, and I thought it would make a great fabric in which to reupholster the bench seat; so, I got to work.

First, I removed the seat and took the fabric off of it.  I kept the same foam, but added more batting around the seat to add softness.  Next, I upholstered the seat in some old drapery lining fabric I had on hand- solid white.  Since the burlap is a loose-weave fabric, I though it best to contain the batting in another fabric before covering the seat in the burlap.  This process was easy – I simply pulled the fabric to the back of the bench seat and stapled it in place.  Then, I did the same thing with the burlap, cutting away the excess fabric and batting for a neat appearance underneath.

piano bench detail

For the bench base, I lightly sanded the wood, then wiped it down with a damp cloth to remove dust.  Then, I primed the wood and painted it with three coats of glossy black paint.  I replaced the seat, screwing it in from the bottom of the piece, and voila!  Definitely an improvement, don’t you think?  And it cost nearly nothing to make, since I had the materials on-hand.  It would look great at the piano, but it would also make a lovely addition to a bedroom or an empty corner in the living room.  I love the contrast in textures…what do you think?

piano bench after

Leave a reply

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Secured for spam by MLW and Associates, LLP's Super CAPTCHASecured by Super-CAPTCHA Developed by Goldsboro Web Development..