Instead of purchasing a new bench, I decided to re-purpose an old coffee table my father built me for my first apartment.
You can see the original update for this coffee table here.
Soon after painting this coffee table orange and using it as a bench seat for our temporary kitchen table, we inherited my husband's grandmother's dining table from 1968, so this bench was moved back into the basement until I figured out a new home for it. (And you can't see it clearly in this picture, but our dog Hercules tried to chew on it again so it had to be moved so he would leave it alone.)
To make the new cushion to convert this coffee table into a bench, I simply used 2" foam cushions, outdoor fabric, and a very simple DIY technique that didn't require any sewing.
I purchased the 2" foam cushions and the outdoor fabric at JoAnn's (with a coupon of course).
The foam cushions came in 22" x 22" x 2" pre-cut sizes which were slightly too wide for the bench. So I had to measure the bench and cut the cushions to the correct size to fit the top of the bench. This was easy to do with a sharp kitchen knife and my T-Square to keep the cut straight.
After ironing the fabric for a wrinkle free look, I simply just wrapped the foam cushions in the fabric like a present. I secured the edges with safety pins and used fabric glue to seal the seams.
The glue needed to dry for a couple of hours so I put books on top of the seams to hold the seams down to allow a more secure seal.
I decided to also add a non-slip treatment to the bottom of the cushion to keep it from sliding off the bench when you sat on it. I found an easy solution in the sewing department at JoAnn's and that was Anti-Skid Gripper Fabric for children's sleepwear. (Sorry for the fuzzy picture I didn't realize how much the overhead light was interfering with this shot.)
I attached this fabric to the bottom of the cushion the same way, with safety pins and fabric glue.
And that is it! If you can wrap a gift or present with paper you can easily wrap foam cushions to make a bench cushion.
I will share more updates for the master bedroom in later posts this winter.