Ballard Designs Hack: Tufted Bench

If you guys have been following along for the past few weeks, you already know we’ve had so many projects to complete including this Ballard Designs Hack: Tufted Bench. These projects were all related to the One Room Challenge Bedroom Makeover and while we made it just in time to take the reveal photos there are still a few items on the “to finish” list behind the scenes.

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Early last week, my mom helped me stage the bedroom so we could see how the items we had been collecting here and there would come together. Everything was fitting as we had expected which was exciting so we headed into town and buy last minute small things like pillow inserts, plants and books.

One of our biggest goals for this makeover was to have a seating area for late night work sessions or to have an extra place to relax while getting ready in the mornings. Before we left the house, my mom and I placed a small round game table we already had on hand (this one has a checker board on top and swivels) between the two gray club chairs thinking we might be able to find something else but knowing we had a solid back up plan if not. This is how the table and chairs looked at the time…

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This set up in theory would have worked had we needed only a spot for morning coffee, afternoon tea or a glass of wine in the evenings. But in reality, the table was just too small for the late night work sessions. My mom and I searched everywhere for an ottoman but couldn’t find anything we liked at a reasonable price. We headed home with mere days left for the bedroom makeover reveal when my bestie S remembered the Savona Bench from Ballard Designs.  Sure enough, it was exactly the style we were looking for.

Ballard-Desings-Savona-Bench Ballard Designs Hack: Tufted Bench Uncategorized There was no way the bench would make it in time for the photos to be taken but S thought we may be able to pull off the look with a few scrap pieces we had out in the garage. I knew it was a long shot but it was our only option. We took the 2 drop leaf pieces from an old gateleg table…

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and married them with legs we had left over from another project.

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We used our chop saw to take the ends of each leg off

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in order to repurpose them as feet for the tufted bench.

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We used our drill and wood screws to secure the feet

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and the legs in place.

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S used fabric glue to secure an old drop cloth to a piece of foam we picked up at Hobby Lobby using our 40% off coupon.

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Once that was in place, S hand sewed the drop cloth covered buttons onto the piece of foam.

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Given I can’t even sew a button on a shirt, it was pretty impressive to watch.

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With just a few hours to spare, we placed the tufted bench in front of the gray chairs and breathed a sigh of relief. This is how the seating area looked for the One Room Challenge bedroom makeover reveal photos…

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…not bad but kinda heavy and formal. The bed frame has a dark brushed gray metal, the chairs are dark gray, the dresser beside the seating area is black and now the tufted bench was also a dark brownish gray. Of course, we could have left it alone and let it ride with all its heaviness and formality. But yesterday morning, I woke up determined to create a look that was a little closer to the Ballard Designs inspiration piece. I painted the entire bench with Valspar’s Faint Maple.

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This is how it looked after one coat of paint.

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I lightly sanded with a piece of fine grade steel wool

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then I brushed a coat of dark furniture paste wax directly into the paint.

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This is after one coat of wax..

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and this is after two.

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Of course I couldn’t just leave it at that because you guys know how I like a layered paint and patina look

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so I brushed a custom mix of General Finishes Seagull Gray and Lamp Black into the nooks of the legs,

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I let the paint dry for just a few minutes and immediately wiped the excess paint off with an old rag

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before brushing over the custom mix with dark paste wax.

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It’s not a huge change but it does allow for a layered look if that’s the kind of thing that makes your heart sing.

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All in all, I think it was a good decision to repaint the bench even though it meant a little extra work.

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Thankfully the tufted seat can be removed as needed which is a great option when you have dogs and movie nights (think buttery popcorn and m&m’s)

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If you like a more formal look you may prefer the bench the way it was before. That being said, if your style is more casual elegance, you may want to consider using these same techniques too.

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,

CoCo

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