I got home from work tonight and went straight to work. Normally I use the DIY tri-fecta as my excuse for sitting on the couch, but tonight was not the case.
What’s the DIY tri-fecta? Well…. That’s my term for the perfect combination of Time, Money and Motivation.
Sometimes I’m motivated but I don’t have the time… or maybe I have the time, but I don’t have the money for all the supplies…. and sometimes I have time and money, but zippy motivation!
Tonight though… tonight the stars aligned. The tri-fecta was on my side.
- Time – check.
- Money – (already had everything) check.
- Motivation – (hallelujah!) check.
I got to work on a project that’s been sitting in my basement for a year. (Yes… a year…) I’m not proud. I’ll admit it. I’m well on my way to being featured on an episode of Hoarders. Call TLC… book my episode for 10 years from now. I just made that exact comment to a friend the other day. Scary how true it might be!
Rambling… Dana, stop it!
Ok – lets dive in and get our hands dirty……..
I snagged this bench/stool/thingamajig at a yard sale last summer. It liked the size and the chippy black paint. Originally I wanted to paint it, but ultimately I decided the worn black paint was perfect for what I wanted to do.
- I gathered my supplies… Stool, spray adhesive, foam (yes, my dogs got to it before me. Brats!), and a burlap sack.
- I trimmed the foam to size using a bread knife. It worked perfectly!
- I sprayed the foam with adhesive and stuck it down. Woop whup!
I used my trusty ol’ air compressor and brad nailer (with 1″ staples). It’s served me well… our first project together was the board and batten way back when!
I started with the short sides, sending a staple into each side of the stool. Then I just carefully stapled along each of the short sides, being careful to keep the fabric taut, but straight. I had to trim the long sides… there was just way too much burlap. Then I just slowly worked my way around, doing my best to tuck the corners. It’s not perfect… but neither is the paint job. Maybe it’s better that way! I love using my nailer for projects like this. It’s SO much easier than a hand stapler. Trust me… your knuckles will thank you!
This was a really easy project… I might have spent a 1/2 hour total on this makeover. Of course, that doesn’t include time spent going to the store to get the foam (1/2 off at JoAnns with a coupon!)… but I bought that a year ago (yessss, a year ago….) so I’m not including that. Hey it’s my blog… I get to make the rules!
Just a quick recap…
- Stool – came from yardsale
- Foam – 50% off from JoAnns. Can’t remember the price, but it’s sold in stores!
- Burlap coffee sack – $2 at Royal King (It’s a farm supply store)
- Spray adhesive – already owned
- Nail gun and staples – already owned
So that was my adventure for the evening. Love when the DIY tri-fecta comes together. Can’t wait to show you guys my next project. I should be able to wrap it up this weekend. I finally suckered some help carrying it into the house tonight. Trust me… it’s heavy!
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