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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Before and After Iron-Legged Bench

By far the most interesting thing I brought home from our trip to FL was this adorable vintage bench (luckily, the legs were easily removable and I actually just packed it in my suitcase!). MoS Charlotte and I spotted it at the Goodwill in Delray Beach in the "Boutique" room- which, I must say, has always yielded some good finds for me.

We KNOW we recently saw a bench like this in a magazine- it's petite, and has wrought (or cast?) iron legs with a distressed white finish...can anyone recall what magazine or designer used this bench? Anyone...anyone...Bueller?

Of course the most memorable part of buying this bench was when we were down on our hands and knees examining it- how the legs were attached, getting a closer look at the upholstery, trying to discern the maker, marveling that $25 seemed like such a good price- when a slightly loopy older lady (if you've ever been to FL, you understand the type) came up to us and declared "They want $25 for THAT? I can't believe it!" We began nodding our heads in approval- $25 seemed like a bargain price for a bench we knew we'd seen in a magazine- until we realized we weren't quite seeing eye to eye. "That thing should be $5! Look at it! That's insane," she ranted emphatically. "I bought a much nicer bench for my daughter's room across the street at the garage sale store." MoS Charlotte and I glanced at each other, trying not to laugh, and then promptly picked up the bench and carried it to the cash register. 

The upholstery was showing its age (not sure when it was actually made, but it was at least reupholstered in 1969, according to some faint pencil writing on the label). The velvet and tassels were so glam, yet several of the tassels were missing, and the velvet just looked worn.

So when I got home I dug out a small remnant of Alan Campbell for Quadrille "Petite Zig Zag" fabric- I had been dying to use it and this was just the perfect project. I didn't do nearly as fancy of an upholstery job as the original - no welting for me, and didn't have any trim- but I might pick up some trim to add next time I'm around a fabric store.

Much better- and now it sits near my entryway and is a great place to throw my purse when I walk in the door!

If anyone recognizes this bench and can tell us what magazine it was in we'd greatly appreciate the intel!


Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

That's a good looking bench. I like the fabric that updated too as well.

Barbara@HausDesign said...

What a great transformation! And, an amazing score on the price!!!

I have some old metal bench legs I got at the flea market here in Munich and I can't wait to get it spiffed up once we are stateside! Your pictures and story have inspired me - thanks!

Lacquered Life said...

What a great find! And I LOVE that quadrille fabric!

Natalie said...

That looks fabulous. Love the leftover fabric you had, works perfectly!!

jandjhome said...

Looks great. I love the fabric and the worn legs.

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