Never have more false words been spoken! Because sometimes things may look simple but they are not! And so, this is the tale of the not so simple transformation of a bench. A Mid-Century Modern bench at that!
First of all I could not tell if it was a stool or an ottoman or even a bench. Apparently, there is some sort of difference.
It turns out that stools or footstools are just that, used to rest your feet. They are lower than ottomans. Whereas ottomans can actually double as seating. You can see by my photo that this thing here has pretty high legs and is actually very good as a seat, so it is now officially going to be called an ottoman??
Hmmm or is it a small bench?
What I used:
The How to:
That was my original thinking.
But what ensued was another story altogether.
I started to sand the first leg and a half an hour later I was still at it. What? This whole project was supposed to take me half an hour! Not just the leg!
Was I using the wrong number sand paper?
See here the power of this one? It took out all that stubborn stain and blew dirt and sand all over the place! Boy was I feeling powerful after those hours of sweat and toil!
I went over it with creme wax to protect that naked wood and I was finally finished with those legs. It could not have ended soon enough! My arms are still hurting from trying to do it manually! But they sure have a pretty honey color now!
The next and much easier step was to paint the vinyl piping going across the bottom of the white upholstery.
I chose black pearl metallic acrylic paint. It really doesn’t look black at all but more like smoky gray. I just stuck a piece of paper behind the piping and painted so as not to get the paint on the white.
Of course, now that you have seen my “why take the easy way when you can make things hard on yourself” method, you will know to use a sander right away and also to use the appropriate sandpaper. Not like me!!
Never underestimate a simple looking piece of furniture!
Next time I’ll go for one of these! No wood in sight!
Below you can see the before and after together in one shot. It is a subtle difference but still worth the effort in my opinion.
In fact I have only seen one other that resembles it here.
Now tell me truthfully, what is this piece of furniture called? Bench, Stool or Ottoman??
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