I've been on the lookout for a small "occasional" bench that could have various uses around my apartment. Here in Washington, space is at a premium, so there just isn't room for an extra full sized chair or a large bench. When dropping off some old clothes and books at Goodwill in Arlington, VA a few weeks ago (http://www.dcgoodwill.org/), I spotted this bench. I loved its small size, its clean lines, and the fact that it could be easily transformed into something much more glamorous. And for $20, it was mine.
Before & After!
Bench: $20Fabric: $13 Spray paint: $4 Grand total: $37 Part of the reason we love fixing up old furniture is not only because we love customizing things, but because the furniture itself is of much better quality than what you'd get from a "big box" store for the same price. This bench is very sturdy and made of solid wood, whereas today's mass produced items are usually laminate and show every nick or scratch. And frankly, we don't think you could find an upholstered bench for less than $37 at Target or Ikea, let alone your favorite furniture store.
Project complete! Now we are on the lookout for our next great DIY project! Stay tuned...