I can honestly say, when I found this bench in a trash pile that it was love at first sight. There was no inspection needed. I had to have it. What did that mean? Well, I was on my bike so I dashed home, deposited my bike and returned on foot. One mile. Two miles round trip. Yes, my son and I carried this beloved bench a mile through our neighborhood, wearing the biggest smiles.
The first course of action was to clean it. A simple solution of water + ammonia + baking soda did the job. The day I scrubbed it down was really sunny and the task reminded me of my mom scrubbing the blue vinyl liners of our childhood pools. Good times. Except when my baby brother pooped in the pool, then I was pretty cranky.
I didn’t feel it was necessary to remove the legs; I simply reused plastic shopping bags to mask off the rest of the legs.
This bench had structural damage that needed repair. There was a crack in a side beam that wouldn’t fit back in place, no matter how much a grunted. So I reinforced the beam with a steel brace that attached with 4 screws. And it’s not like you’re going to tell anyone, right?
The biggest part of this restoration project was reupholstering the seats. But who’s whining?
Here are the steps to take:
a. unscrew the seats from the bottom of the bench.
b. use a Flathead screwdriver and needle-nose pliers to remove the staples that are holding on the fabric.
c. use the existing fabric pieces as a template to cut out your new fabric. Be sure to stitch rip apart all the existing upholstery and pin it down to your new fabric and cut.
d. to create the piping, tuck the cord (be sure to singe the ends) into the fabric, fold and sew it right in there.
e. follow the sewing pattern of the previous upholstery.
f. secure the upholstery to the chair using either a staple gun or fabric tacks. As you may know, I’m partial to fabric tacks.
g. screw the newly upholstered seats to the bench. In my case, the new fabric was considerable thicker than the previous vinyl used, therefore I had to drill new screw holes.
Because I loved this piece so much, I didn’t want price to deter me. I wanted no regrets when I was done. I repeated this to myself as I paid $54 for the upholstery fabric. I was so worth it!
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