Monday, April 4, 2011

Roadside Find

I found this, in the rain, at the end of someone's driveway awaiting trash pick-up.

Not only did all the joints need regluing, but the finish was in need of a serious sanding (covered in some sort of bumpy shellac), and the seat was covered in stains and cat hair.  So, I took it home.

I unscrewed the seat, and used wood glue on all the joints.  While that was drying, I removed not one, not two, but seven layers of fabric until whatever they used for stuffing before foam was invented revealed itself in a powdery, disintegrated mess all over my floor.  I used spray adhesive to attach a new piece of foam, covered that with quilted batting, and then a new piece of fabric.  I sanded and painted the base and reattached the seat.
I'm not certain what I'm going to do with it, or how much function it will serve, but I love looking at it.  For now, it's sitting outside the bathroom, in case a line forms.


Tortla Dot said...

Terrific specimen of "Roadsidea"!

Roadsidea can be represented by a wide variety of material which may be found along highways and byways. Each specimen is loaded with potential.

Looks like you have discovered a perfect example and maximized the value with your creativity!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

You have given transformation a whole new meaning:) I have two benches that don't serve much use unless I need extra seating but I too love just looking at them. New follower....please give my blog a visit.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Hi there! Came over from Centsational Girl's linky party. I love how your bench turned out. That stuffing sounds positively disgusting! The fabric you chose is one of my fave's - I used it for valances in my entryway.

Jessi said...

What an amazing transformation!! Lovely! (Came over from Centsational Girl's link party!)

Anonymous said...

I love what you did and how you found it. I have a little bench exactly like it! It was my grandmother's and she used it at a small vanity table. I recently repainted mine, put new padding (a bed pillow because it was the right size and was cheap) and recovered it with decorator fabric. I'm using it as a vanity bench too.