Tuesday, May 11, 2010

customizing a store bought piece

Before I was introduced to this wonderful world of thrifty DIY-ness, I used to have a tough time find the right pieces of furniture for my house.  Either something was the right color, but there was something off about another part of the piece, and so I would have to spend a lot of time searching for something that met everything I wanted, and we all know that those pieces are pretty non-existent or very few and far between.  My whole perspective in looking for pieces to add to my house has now changed because I now am so very aware of how easy-peasy it is to fix the small things you don't like.

Recently, I ordered this entryway bench from Target.com.  I have always loved the bench, mainly for the size of it and the additional storage it offers, but I wasn't quite sold on the color of the storage baskets and the cushions.  It's not really that there was anything wrong with it, it just wasn't me.

So, when this baby arrived to my house, I did what I do best and revamped it slightly to fit with me.  First off, I spray painted the baskets black.   Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of this, but you all know the drill.  Just that one little change made all the difference for me!  After I finished the baskets, I debated what I wanted to do with the cushions.  I went back and forth between choosing a fun print, or keeping it classic with burlap.  In the end, I went with burlap!  Affordable, and timeless, it doesn't get better than that.

Here's the cushions before, what I didn't really like was how peachy-ish they looked against the white wood, they just kind of clashed in my opinion.  So I recovered them in burlap in my own no-sew way (which I won't disclose because it's pretty ummmm....let's say inventive and I am ashamed how I managed to do it LOL!!)

And here's the AFTER!!

I really love what the burlap added to it!! Definitely blends more with my style!

Looks so different than the basic bench that it started off as!! I love it! It's added such a cute little quaintness to my entryway!  I love how easy it was to customize this store bought piece to what I love!!

So now what I am trying to decide is if I should number the cushions 1, 2, 3 or if I should monogram them with a D? Not all would be monogrammed but maybe the center cushion and then a design on the other two? I'm torn!! I would love if you would leave me a comment with what you think would be cutest! :)

(P.S. I added this post to DIY Day at a Soft Place to Land, swing by & check out other great projects!!)


gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

You did a fabulous job with the makeover! It's so cute!
I'm so clueless about such things! But I would go with numbers on the baskets. why? cause I like numbers. Hopefully you will get a LOT of ideas.

Ela@lifeinmypjs.com said...

You did a great job! I love the numbers idea. Then you can always do something with a monogram on the wall above it =) Super cute!

Bonnie @ House of Grace said...

You did an awesome job! I absolutely love your work. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to see your other posts.

Tann said...

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Alisa said...

that looks just wonderful. I like it much better after you worked your magic on it!

Andy said...

i like it! nice work!!!! It is way more you than before:) Looks like I have some family competition for craftiness~luv ya

Andy said...

haha woops this is not andy~it is shaynah weird I did not know he had an account:)

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Love the bench! I really like the baskets black, good call.

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