Have you recovered from the painting fun of last month’s Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest? Me neither… which is why I’m SO excited to share a slightly different direction we have for you with November’s competition. Still flipping furniture. Still fabulous redesigns. But this month’s theme is… “Take A Seat” and our wickedly awesome sponsor is Minted. Yes… THAT Minted. Did you know they have FABRIC. Really, really great fabric!
I’m a big fan. Before I even knew about the November FFFC, I was knee deep in fabric for our foyer and our dining room. I’m a few yards of double welt cording away from sharing these redone foyer chairs but here’s a sneak peek…
For the Fab Flippin’ Contest, I picked out two sweet and colorful fabrics for Martha’s room. I ordered this one and this one. Her room is a hodge podge of blues and greens and floral so these colors work well enough! She picked the flowers for an easy bench seat update for her Ikea storage.
Check out this video for how I quickly upholstered a piece of plywood and then attached it to that SUPER basic Ikea Expedit (discontinued but virtually identical to the newer Kallax line).
If you don’t have time for the video, I cut a piece of plywood to size, placed a length of 2″ foam on top and wrapped it with batting.
Working back and forth from side to side, I wrapped my fabric around the foam and stapled it on the bottom of the plywood.
I also added some legs to customize the piece even further. This is a long bench so I wanted 6 legs to be sturdy enough. As sweet as the bun feet are at Home Depot, they’re almost $10 a pop. I opted to go for these not nearly as interesting looking ones, but I cut them shorter and gave them a fun coat of green paint.
To attach, I opted for these heavy duty top plates. The plates simply screw into the shelf and then you can screw the legs right into ’em.
I attached the upholstered seat to the bench with 2 1/2″ screws through the top of the Ikea piece and then into the plywood. You obviously want to measure to make sure the screw doesn’t go *all* the way through the plywood. Ouch.
So now the bare storage bench in Martha’s room is a cozy and chic upholstered ‘window seat.’ In one short afternoon no less!
Now for the fun part… Here are links to my enchanting co-hosts. Head over and give them all a cyber high five from me!
If interested in participating in this contest going forward, please contact the lovely Evey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stacy at email@example.com.
Last but not least, tune in all month to see the gorgeous entries for Minted’s “Take A Seat” November FFFC!! Winners will get a $300 gift certificate to Minted Home!
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