Tuesday, August 06, 2013



The last week found me on the sofa battling bronchitis and feeling pretty puny.  BUT after a week of not doing much, I always need to get something major done to make my mental-self feel better--hoping the body will follow the mind!  So today I did a little makeover on an antique makeup bench I inherited a while back.

Here's how it started life with me...

I suspect that this fabric is at least 50-60 years old.  For it's age, it held up extremely well.  But, it needed a little facelift and here's what I found as I began to pull upholstery tacks out...

I have to say that when I saw another fabric underneath, my heart began to beat excitedly.  I was on my way to another discovery--even though it might mean pulling double the amount of tacks!  Here's the discovery...

The fabric underneath was just a base fabric--a fabric used to establish a base for upholstering the piece.  I think this is a practice that was used  when a piece of furniture was stuffed with horsehair.  This fabric would have confined the hair on the piece.  I worked on a piece like that years ago and it was quite a discovery, let me tell you!

Here's the final result.  This was a discontinued sample I picked up several years ago, hence that is why the design is not centered.  I like the piece well enough to let perfectionism slide and the price was right.  I paid $5 for the fabric.  I love a good fabric stash!

Here's the piece at the dressing table it goes with...

Another project complete!  Yeah!  It didn't take very long and maybe I'll feel better tomorrow because I was mentally active.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all peace. 



  1. Great re-do, Robin! I love that fabric that you used on the bench...so rich looking! I'm glad that you are feeling better!

  2. It looks lovely. I like your fabric very much, and what a bargain!

  3. Great bench and I love the new fabric. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. That fabric is so rich looking! It's not everyday you find fabric like that, and if you do it would be about $30 a yard or more. Great find!

  5. Beautiful makeover! Makes me want to hunt for one! Love it!!!

  6. Hello Robin - the bench has lovely lines - the fabric you chose is gorgeous - beautifully done! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  7. Hey Robin, I know what you mean about needing to get a project done so we feel like we're back in the swing of things. Love the new fabric on the little bench. Love the design!


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