Saturday Night Sister Bonding

My sister, Karissa, and I tackled a reupholstering project last night. What is the only thing more exciting than spending a Saturday night with my label maker? Spending it with my  shiny new staple gun! Giddy up!

My sister wanted to turn this little table into a bench to sit at the foot of her bed:

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If you are interested in a project like this, here’s what you’ll need:

1. Fabric ( we used 1 yard but this depends on how big the surface is that you are covering)

2. Foam Cushioning

3. Batting

4. Adhesive (we used a glue gun)

5. Staple Gun

6. Patience

7. Chocolate

The last two items are essential to the project…seriously!


Step 1: Remove the legs from the bench/table


Step 2: Iron your fabric (If you like this fabric, you can purchase the fabric here and for heaven’s sake, please google “ coupon code” before you buy – why spend more money than you have to?!)


Step 3: Measure and cut the foam padding. Glue it to the surface of your bench.



Did the foam padding fly everywhere or did I forget to use Head and Shoulders that morning? I’ll let you stew over that one…

Step 4: Measure and cut the batting


Step 5: Using your staple gun, staple the batting onto the bench and trim off any excess.


My bro in-law suggested we wear safety googles after he suspected that neither of us had a clue how to work a staple gun. We only had one pair so my sister is sporting a pair of batman ski goggles. Sweet.


Step 6: Using the staple gun, staple the fabric to the bench. We started in the middle of each side and worked our way outwards. We did all four sides and left the corners until the very end. For some helpful tips on stapling, check out this blog.



The corners were really tricky – we had excess fabric on the corners and had difficulty getting them to look tidy which led to step 7.

Step 7: Mutual sister meltdown.

Three hours into the project and 11:00 at night, I lost it. This is what it looked like:


Shortly thereafter, my sister had a meltdown too. Given my state of mind, I was unable to catch photographic evidence of hers. Luckily, we both recovered quickly (that’s what the chocolate was for) and we powered through the last step!

Step 8: We placed legs back on the bench. For many of you wanting to tackle a project like this, you will be done at this point. Because we were turning a table into a bench, we had to work with the sides of the table. If we just trimmed the fabric, it would have stuck out. We pondered over what to do here and ended up rolling up the excess fabric and stapling it again to create a piping effect:


Here’s the finished result:

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Considering this was both our first time reupholstering, I think we did a bang-up job! I think Karissa was happy to have  my moral support (and someone else to operate the staple gun as she jumped every time it went off)! We both have the reupholstering bug now and are planning on re-covering our dining chairs.

Thanks everyone for reading and thanks to my sister for being a part of my blog (should I invite her back, people?!)

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