Phewwwwww… is how I feel right now. The holidays came and went like a flash. I enjoyed them, but I can’t believe we are on the other side already. All that prep and then bam – all over. Life for me is back to normal – except for taking all the boxed up Christmas decorations back up to the attic. The house is looking pretty bare – which is a good thing because it has me looking at it with a new perspective.
I love the mirror I added above my piano, but when I took the candles and glittery branches away it looked like it needed something in the way of a color pop. I had some orange fabric that I bought a while ago not knowing how I was going to use it. I just loved it so I bought a yard. Little did I know the color would be the Pantone’s Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango.
Now I am not big on following too many trends. I am more about valuing my personal style and independent thinking. I find it leads to making better choices and creating a functional and comfortable space for my family and me. I didn’t go for the turquoise and the pink that Pantone said were the colors to use in 2011 and 2010 – now they are soooo last year! Not really, but it can be dizzying trying to keep up with what marketers say is in and want us to buy. I do like this color of orange and when it is mixed with white – it is so energizing. Just what the corner in my family room needs.
Piano Bench – Before
Too much brown.
As I am wring this, I am watching one of my favorite old movies – Lover Come Back with Rock Hudson and Doris Day. It just happens to be on TCM. :) One of the comic ongoing lines throughout the movie is when the character who plays the advertising client is asked if he wants his drink freshened, he responds in a southern accent…just a touch.
I am going to add… just a touch… of Tangerine Tango to this corner of my family room.
How To Make a No-Sew Cushion Cover for a Bench
1. Remove the top of the bench. I left the hinges on the bench. I just removed the screws from the top. No need to make more work for yourself.
2. I added 3 layers on top of the lid. Foam that I cut from an old mattress egg crate, white fabric, and the orange fabric. I bought the fabric at JoAnn’s. It is called –Fun Floret by Waverly. Normally I would use quilt batting between the foam and the fabric, but I didn’t have any. This layer softens the edges of the foam when the fabric is wrapped around it.
Foam can be costly. I buy it only when it is 50% at JoAnn’s Fabrics You don’t even need to buy expensive foam – an old egg crate mattress pad can be re-purposed and cut to size. Cut a few pieces of the mattress egg crate to size and layer the pieces on top of each other to create the height cushion you want. A little hot glue between the layers will hold the layers together.
Flip it all over and start stapling the fabric to the lid using a staple gun.
First the white lining.
Cut the corners as shown. You don’t want to add too much bulk to the corners.
Then staple the fabric on. I fold the raw edge of the fabric over so it looks nice and neat. You want to pull taut, but not too tight or you may mis-shape the foam.
Fold the fabric on the corners like you were gift-wrapping a package. Staple to secure.
I simply cut away the fabric around the area where the hinges would go.
Before you start stapling, make sure if there is a pattern on your fabric that it is centered and aligned.
Then reattach the lid to the bench.
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