A few years ago my parents gave us an antique bench they no longer had a place for. I've always liked the style, but the velvety yellow and green damask fabric desperately needs an update.
I've also considered painting the wood - much to the chagrin of a few people who believe it's a faux pas to paint an antique. But hey - if I'll enjoy it more, why not?
I called a local upholstery company a few weeks ago and they were already booking into late August. I didn't have a fabric chosen yet, so at this rate it will probably be early fall before my bench gets a makeover. If I didn't want piping, I'd reupholster it myself. Intricate details are best left to the professionals.
They quoted me $75 for labour and $15 for a new foam insert. They thought I'd need about a yard of fabric and the prices start at $35/yard.
I always feel a little overwhelmed when picking a fabric as there is just so much choice I can never seem to pick just one favorite.
Here were a few of my top picks from the Kravet website:
|I love the lime and teal colours in this damask|
|Love the blue version too!|
|Or maybe a pop of purple instead...|
|Here's the damask again, with a lovely rainbow stripe fabric. The damask is 100% silk but they are all upholstery fabrics.|
|A close up of the striped fabric|
|Maybe a zebra print would spice it up?|
|Although this one doesn't add a pop of colour, I LOVE the geometric print. It's by Calvin Klein Home.|
I asked the upholsterer if she had the above fabric in stock. She didn't, but she ordered me a swatch - it arrived this week, and we picked it up yesterday.
Originally I thought the colour was black and beige, but in person it's more of an espresso and beige. Had it been black, I would have considered painting the wood gold. Now that I see the actual colour I think I'll leave the wood alone if I go with this print.
I'm tempted to a get a few more swatches, just to be sure. I have an innate ability to second guess myself.
It's very possible the damasks are too large a print for something small like the bench...so although I love them, I think I'll have to rule them out.