Monday, January 11, 2016

Hallway Bench - 1st DIY of the Year

2016 began with the completion of a project I started last summer: a hallway bench using the footboard of an old bed. Antique beds are shorter and narrower than today's standards, making them rather impractical. At the risk of being cyber-chastised by the antique furniture purists, I decided to re-purpose the footboard and its wood frame into a bench for our hallway.
Measurements: 54½" wide x 14" deep x 19" heigh

Our basement has many pieces of scrap wood left behind by previous DV owners.  I was able to find an old plank for the seat. Although warped this part would be hidden by the cushions.  I had to purchase a piece of wood for the two front legs, customized to match the two back legs. Staining will come later.

Below are my two mitred corners.

With leftover fabric from an earlier sewing project, I made two thick seat cushions.
So they wouldn't look like pillows, I did some basic tufting.

Almost done.

I also had some beautiful fabric to make some cushion covers.

Very 'William Morris', in keeping with the vintage of the house.

The original railings are affixed to the board with metal hooks, but that makes the bench wobbly so I added a very long screw at the back to stabilize it.

original hooks 

Here we are, the front legs have been stained and all the scrapes and scratches have been touched up without loosing the original patina of the wood.

It sits below a tapestry dear to my heart for its romantic medieval scene; a couple in a garden surrounded by little creatures of all sorts.

Another creatures dear to my heart, my little senior Beauty.


Stacy G. said...

It looks great! I really like the tufted cushion too.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Stacy, welcome to the DV.
Thank you for dropping in and leaving your kind words. You have found an absolutely charming house to work on. It will be great to see the progress you and Andy make on it, and to see Millie, milling about - love black dogs.
All my best for 2016.

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Anyes, Your Hallway Bench turned out great! The fabric is perfect too! Looks like your little pooches really like it.
Have a great day!


Cute dogs :)
Maria V.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Maria and Marina,
Cute fashion blog! : ), thanks for dropping in all the way from Greece.

Mark Ruffner said...

Happy New Year, Anyes! What a great idea you had!

I had a good friend who was a picture framer and discovered through him that framers often fix scratches with various brown waxy crayon-like pencils made especially for the purpose. I was thinking about them recently when I noticed a scratch on an antique bedroom bureau.

The way the cushion design is so beautifully centered suggests that it was made especially for your bench — a great finishing touch!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Gina, yes Beauty loves anything cushiony. Chaz tends to stick to his favourite spots.
Always a pleasure,

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark, thank you so much. Those special touch-up crayons are great and so easy to use. Yes, a custom project from start to finish.
Always a pleasure,