Friends I have a problem and I don’t see it going away anytime soon. I love antique furniture! I know that I can’t possibly bring home every furniture piece that I find but my husband and I joke that I’ll be the little old lady with floor to ceiling antiques, dodging them with every step I take much like Mrs. Kim from Gilmore Girls. My heart just adores them. I would pick an old, classic vintage or antique furniture piece over a new one any day of the week. I love knowing that it has a history and that it had a story long before I brought it home. If only old furniture could talk! Lets face it, furniture was just made better back in the day too. I think you know how this story ends. I came, I went and I brought home an antique cane bench!
I often shop a local consignment store when I’m looking for older items and boy does it never disappoint! I have found many things over the years there but this one might be one of my favorites. I wasn’t looking for a bench when I went in but couldn’t pass it up once I laid my eyes on it.
Look at that 70’s fabric! Although, a little garish it’s actually in immaculate condition. Don’t worry, it’s not staying! I did removed the cover from one of the cushion the other day and the original fabric is underneath. It’s a velvet-ish fabric in brown and gold. The cushions themselves have springs which I thought was kinda interesting.
Not too long ago I moved the upholstered bench that was at the foot of our bed to our dining room to dress it up a bit. This bench is a little longer and not quite is tall as the last one. It’s really quite perfect for this spot!
I fell in love with the subtle details. The carvings on the back are simple but so elegant.
The legs are one of the first things I look at when furniture shopping. I love finding pieces that have unique legs. They have the potential to add so much character.
Let’s talk game plan! My plan is to recover the cushions in a neutral fabric because I change out my bedding frequently and want to make sure the bench works with it. I looked at several different fabrics, all pretty similar and as shocked as I was I decided to give drop cloth a shot. I was a little skeptical to recover this beauty in drop cloth but after watching my friend Lisa’s bleaching drop cloth how-to I decided to give it a shot. Friends, it turned out great! The fabric is soft and the loveliest creamy white color. I’m really excited to work with it. I’m now brewing up some holiday pillow ideas too!
I’m dying to get started. I’ll keep you all posted on the progress over the next few weeks so stay tuned!