Do you believe in idea-at-first-sight?
This is when you see something, any thing, and you instantly know at that very moment what that thing needs to be or what it needs to look like. There’s this invisible connection made between you and whatever it is, and an idea just pops into your head from who knows where.
It’s kinda like magic, like a vision, and since my ideas rarely happen that way when they do I consider it a gift from the decorating gods… and I’m very grateful for it.
So like a true believer I jump in with blind faith, and I go where the idea takes me.
Who the heck am I to question the decorating gods? 🙂
That’s just how it happened with this bench seat. It’s pretty sweet right?
It has a few dents, dings, and chips in all the right places (any place is the right place actually), and those legs are quite wonderful.
I love legs that are straight and curvy at the same time.
I found it at a village yard sale a little while ago for $2, and I immediately fell into idea-at-first-sight.
This little bench spoke to me, and somehow I knew exactly what it needed… a fun, fast, & funky bench seat makeover.
The storage was an unexpected bonus.
When I shared this in my finds post a while ago a few readers commented that it was a vintage sewing seat bench.
I had no clue, and even though I’m so not a sewer, knowing that just makes me love it more.
The best thing about this gift of an idea is that it’s very quick, very easy, and very inexpensive.
My favourite kind of makeover.
The white paint and fabric seat cover were in great shape so I left them both as is.
I’m simply covering the seat part with exactly what the vision called for.
And here it is… a lovely red scarf that was knitted-in-the-round from my scarf collection stash.
I’ve long been a repurposer of scarves of all kinds. They can be used in so many ways… like this lampshade makeover, pillow covers, and wreaths of all kinds like this faux pumpkinseed wreath for example.
In my neck of the thrifting woods scarves are usually $1 each, and sometimes they have 2 for $1 sales to clear them out when they have too many.
I placed the seat inside one end of the scarf…
…and slowly pulled the scarf along.
These knitted-in-the-round scarves are usually stretchy so moving it a little at a time is best.
You don’t want to stretch it too far or whatever is underneath will show through, in my case the white fabric.
It’s pretty easy to adjust the scarf if you need to when you have the seat completely covered.
This kinda reminds me of a vintage candy wrapper.
The red looks so yummy!
To take care of the ends, you just turn the seat over and tuck them inside.
This bench seat is only about 16″ wide, but this could easily be done to longer seats with longer scarves.
I’ve seen these scarves in all kinds of lengths and all different colours.
By tucking the ends in underneath the seat looks very neat and tidy.
So I’m pretty happy with my idea-at-first-sight creation.
It’s definitely fun and funky, which is exactly what this little bench asked for.
And it was so fast!
Here it is in my aqua and red kitchen.
The kitchen door on the right is the one we use all the time, so this would’ve been the perfect spot to sit while putting on and taking off our shoes.
But we knew that probably wasn’t going to happen when our Miss Monkey claimed the spot seconds after the bench was originally brought into the house.
And now our Miss Pixie has decided she loves this bench too. It’s her new favourite place to catch a few winks.
As long as the cats are happy, we’re happy. 🙂
So this idea-at-first-sight project was such a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to add some pizzazz to this little bench.
I love mixing funky with traditional.
This would also be a great temporary solution while you’re waiting to find the perfect fabric, but Miss Pixie thinks it’s a keeper just the way it is… and I just happen to agree with her.
The colour and texture are fun, and I love that it’s removeable if it needs to be washed.
So, the next time you fall into idea-at-first-sight, thank the decorating gods, and just go for it. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it doesn’t… but you won’t know for sure which way it’ll go unless you give it a try.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
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