Before & After | bench and ottoman

Happy Friday!  Hope everyone is ready for a beautiful spring weekend – I know I am, especially after a week that felt more like summer.  Don’t forget that tomorrow we are hosting a reception at HOME for Hawk Krall and Felicia Perretti that I mentioned on the blog on Tuesday.  Their art will be up all day (and for a month following), but the party starts at 6 with food and drinks.  We are doing it as part of Second Saturday here on East Passyunk and there are a ton of other events going on.  It’s one of the biggest Second Saturdays of the year – hope to see you guys around!

Today’s ‘Before & After’ is of two pieces that I recently had redone for a client of mine.  The first is a vintage bench that I found on Etsy that was super affordable and had decent lines.  Here is the before:


It was in pretty good shape and could probably have been used as is – it was just missing one of the caps on the bottom of one leg.  White pleather was not the look we were going for, so we decided to get it reupholstered.   And since the seat is fairly small and we didn’t want it to be tufted, I knew it was going to be a fairly simple and affordable project.  And this is the after:


Doesn’t it look fantastic?  It turned out even better than expected.  I’ve had some issues with upholsterers in the past, but I should know that I’ll always be happy as long as I use Guy’s Upholstery!  They are local – right down the street from us on East Passyunk – and they are so good at what they do.  The metal cap on the one leg was replaced and you can’t even tell which one had been missing.  And what about that fabric?  Seriously gorgeous right?  It’s a velvet from Osborne & Little and was definitely pricey, but we only had to buy one yard.  Plus there’s enough leftover to make some throw pillows!  I generally always say yes to tufting, but since the pattern of this fabric was so large and graphic, it wouldn’t look right in this case.

The second piece is for the same client.  I love using ottomans as coffee tables because they serve double duty – as extra seating when necessary.   Since budget was a definite concern – we had to make this fairly inexpensive.  We purchased two of these cube ottomans:

ottoman_beforeAt about $60 a piece, we could afford to spruce them up a bit.  Instead of reupholstering them, we decided to get slipcovers made for.  Guy’s did another amazing job and the slipcovers fit perfectly:


I love them!  Since we splurged on the fabric for the bench, we went with a really well priced cotton fabric from Robert Allen for these.  The great thing about slipcovers is that you can take them off and clean them when needed.  Makes for a very kid friendly option – and since they are ottomans, there are no hard corners or edges for kids to run into.


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