Easy DIY: Acrylic Bench Upholstery

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I love simple upholstery projects for updating less-than-exciting furniture pieces. We picked up this cute little bench recently and the gray poly microsuede upholstery was not doing the cool acrylic legs justice!

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You can use all sorts of fabrics to recover this bench beyond regular fabric, like flat weave rugs from IKEA or Target or vintage textiles from Etsy. A thick throw blanket would be really cool too. I had this mudcloth patterned shower curtain from Target around the studio and at $20 (on sale right now for only $13.99!!), it was a super inexpensive option for reupholstering this bench!

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Whenever I’m doing an upholstery project, I always start my staples in the center. Staple one whole side of the bench, leaving a few inches on the ends.

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Pull the fabric tight in the opposite direction and staple the other side of the bench, also starting in the center and working out again.

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Once you’ve stapled both of the long sides, staple the short sides, also starting from the center and leaving the corners undone.

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Corners can seem like the tricky part of a DIY upholstery project, and if you just bunch the fabric up and throw a ton of staples in the corners, everyone will know it was a DIY project! The trick is all in the fold! Start by pulling back the fabricand putting one staple right on the corner edge.

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Then pinch the loose fabric into a tidy fold that will lay as close to corner as possible.

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Do one side, staple it and fold and repeat on the other side. It should look like this when you’re finished. There shouldn’t be a ton of extra fabric and everything should lay perfectly flat with the folds!

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Once all of your fabric is stapled into place, trim away the extra fabric and leave only 1/4-1/2″ so nothing hangs down.

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Use a pair of sharp scissors to poke holes in the fabric and screw in the acrylic legs.

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If you’re feeling like an overachiever, you can glue black ribbon on the underside of the bench to cover the staples.

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Ta-dah! I love the pattern on this cute shower curtain and think it’s really cute with these acrylic legs!

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And how cute is our newest print SURFBOARDS? We added it to the shop today and I love it!

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SURFBOARDS print

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Here are all the links to the products we featured here! We also added a few links to some vintage fabrics that would work really well on this project. I hope you love this project as much as we do. Tag us on Instagram if you try this project yourself!

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wall color – Behr “In the Moment”  //  faux tree  //  SURFBOARD print  //  mudcloth shower curtain 

acrylic bench  //  DO LESS print  //  buffalo check rug  //  striped kilim pillow  //  blue & white pillow

fabri-fix glue  //  staple gun  //  kilim lumbar pillow 

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GET THE LOOK: Jenna Lyon’s Soho Loft

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The last few years, I been taking a break from using lots of saturated color in my rooms, but lately I feel the color pendulum swinging back for me. I find myself craving colorful walls and furniture and Jenna Lyons’ beautiful new apartment has me smiling and nodding. It’s soooo gooood…

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What do you guys think about this kitchen? I think it’s perfect for a city loft apartment that is open to the living spaces, but might not be what I would pick for myself. It is absolutely STUNNING though! And that Italian chandelier is insane!

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I love the thoughtful, quirky moments. Everything is so artfully done.

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Her master bathroom is my all-time favorite though. The sea of marble is perfection! And the way her oak-paneled bedroom opens up to the bathroom view slays me.

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Jenna Lyons is undoubtedly the queen of color! I’m so inspired. We rounded up some of our favorite Jenna-esque pieces here below! Are you craving color again like we are?

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Plug-In vs Hard-Wired Wall Sconces

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I LOOOVVVVVVEEEE a good wall sconce! They make every space look more designed, more expensive and more layered. The great news is you can find a ton of great plug-in options these days that eliminate the need to even hire an electrician. I love this for renters! Super easy to pack up and bring with you to the next house. (In fact this was something I learned when we staged the Gentry project – any light fixture or window treatment that is installed in the walls is sold as a part of the house! – all of the hardwired lights and the window treatments were thrown in, which I hadn’t really planned for, ouch!)

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orb wall sconce  //  fiddle leaf fig tree  //  white basket  //  black shell chair

desk (painted “In the Moment” by Behr)  //  rug

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But the plug-in sconces are easy to take down and pack up! I love love love these black two-arm sconces from our recent guest room makeover!

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two arm wall sconce  //  nightstand  //  bed  

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Sometimes it is definitely worth the extra cost and effort to hardwire install sconces, especially for a kitchen space. These sconces from Lucent with their flat back plates are COMPLETELY worth it!

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brass wall sconce  //  rug, vintage – similar  //  ASPENS print

Sometimes I think the cotton-wrapped cords are actually really pretty and can be a fun element of the lighting!

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wall sconces  //  rug  //  bed

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two arm wall sconces  //  bed  //  rug  //  pom pom throw – similar

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In my daughter’s bedroom, we wrapped the cords with yarn as a simple DIY project and I love the touch of color it added!

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eyeball sconce  //  buffalo check throw blanket

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wall sconces, similar  //  throw blanket  //  pillow

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wall sconces  //  rug  //  bed

Here’s a monster round up of all my favorite wall sconces available right now! Do you prefer a table lamp or wall sconces on your bedside? I love that sconces are such a space saver! More room for my mountains of books and magazines that I keep on my nightstand! :)

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Easy DIY: Hanging Removable Wallpaper

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Today we introduced two new prints to the Print Shop from Jenna Marie Ward,  Delicate Arch and Capitol Reef!

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We hung some removable wallpaper in the studio for this shot and we were all shocked at how easy it was to hang! SO much easier than real wallpaper (here are a few tutorials for that if you’re looking for some tips!)

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We used the Florida Dilly Indigo Peel & Stick Wallpaper from Target’s new Opalhouse line. The absolute most important part is making sure your lines are level when you start hanging! Don’t start your first piece in a corner because most drywall is not perfectly straight. Either snap a chalkline or use a level to make a floor to ceiling pencil line a few inches away from the corner to start your first roll.

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The repositionable wallpaper is SO easy because all you have to worry about is getting the seams to match up, then you can pull up the rest of the paper and smooth out any wrinkles with your arms and hands.

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You can smooth out any small air bubbles using a credit card or a soft squeegee but there really weren’t that many! So different from pasted wallpaper!

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I love this look for an entry space, a mudroom or laundry room! The simple block print on this specific paper is so pretty with our new punchy landscape paintings! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites below. Have you ever used removable wallpaper before? I’m so sold! It’s the perfect solution for renters and for people like me that like to change things up regularly! :) (PS here’s another place we used removable wallpaper and loved it!)

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removable wallpaper  //  rug  //  leather bench

DELICATE ARCH print  //  CAPITOL REEF print

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