I was all energized and inspired yesterday so I picked up my handy dandy screwdriver (it has a cow print on it...it's pretty much cowtastic) and started taking apart the piano bench:
(Mom and Dad, you might want to look away now. I know this upholstery fabric was o-so-stylin' back in the day, but it had to go. What you'll see next might pain you.)
Next up, boring needle-nose pliers to start yanking out staples:
This got old QUICK. So much so, that I found a better method as opposed to yanking out each staple one by one.
I started cutting the fuzzy maroon upholstery fabric. It was actually kind of strange. Not to go and get all philosophical on you, but all three of us kids sat on this bench to learn to play piano. It almost felt like I was destroying a piece of my childhood when cutting it....OK, moment's over!
I found by cutting and then yanking the fabric I popped out most of the staples:
Then I traipsed up to my craft room to finish the project. I made sure to iron the fabric first and then centered the bench, foam pad side down, on top of it.
Start stapling! I love my staple gun. It's therapeutic. I made sure to pull the fabric tight and mitered the corners, like a good CNA should do.
Trimmed the excess fabric:
Then added a coordinating liner fabric, edges tucked in as nice as you please:
Then began the arduous task of reattaching the hardware...which I completed without the use of a drill or a male. Proud of me Dad? And yes, it DOES open and close, and yes it IS centered correctly.
Nevermind that I have one puncture wound and five blisters.
Here is my finished, revamped piano bench:
I TOTALLY would have painted the wood black, but I respect my Father's health way too much to do that to him. See, he made this bench by hand, and in his book painting Mahogany is akin to spray painting a diamond.
I am happy with the results, it makes me smile:
Hmmm, (peering around the house) what ELSE can I revamp?
Check out Kimba's blog for more DIY projects!