It was a busy DIY weekend around here, we finished up the tongue and groove wall in my friend’s dining room on Saturday (which I’ll share next week), assembled and painted a set of bookcases, and I also finished a bench makeover I’ve been meaning to get to for a few weeks.
I’m upgrading the guest room that also serves as our oldest daughter’s room when she’s home from college during the holidays and summer months. I’m making a few changes to the previous more youthful turquoise palette and changing it up with sophisticated combo of cool navy and raspberry with touches of warm brass.
I love a bench at the end of the bed for extra seating, or as a place to toss clothing or set down an overnight bag. I found the perfect size bench with curved detail on Joss & Main a month ago and purchased it with every intention of changing it to make it fit the space, which is what I did.
For the quick makeover, I returned to two of my most favorite sprays, Zinsser Cover Stain primer and RustOleum Gloss White enamel oil based spray paint. This pair is like Batman and Robin, a dynamic duo that can solve the world’s problems! At least I’m convinced of it. I return to them time and again, one coat of the first, two coats of the second works every time!
I recovered the bench with a modern honeycomb patterned fabric. I start in the middle with a few loose staples to secure the pattern, then smoothing constantly I work my way down to opposite sides and finally the corners for smooth and straight upholstery. After that, i screwed the top and base together, easy peasy.
This honeycomb pattern is one of my own designs and will be available later this year in several different colorways including yellow, coral, and navy. Hexagons are trending right now, but this pattern is truly a classic since the shape has been around since the the origins of honeybees and geometry! This pattern is a modern twist in a fun shade of raspberry with a small amount of gray layered inside.
I also added a set of IKEA Billy bookcases on either side of the French doors – we later added thicker trim to make them look more substantial, but here’s a peek on how the room is coming together with the medley of dark pinks and blues.
More to come on this bedroom makeover soon!