Monday, June 24, 2013


Before I say anything let me just say this...
I am NOT a person who should be giving a tutorial in anything really

unless it's in just getting in there and giving something a try

Mr. PV decided he wanted to create a bench 
and I asked him if I could hire a decorator
this is the 3rd time he's laughed at me for such a comment
so then I asked him if I could take it to Sergio's Body Shop and have them make it
as in...a car seat...

so I'm thinking...what's mirror cost? and if I mess it up what have I lost?
so if I can cut the mirror then why can't I give tufting a bench a try?

I'm such a good ol' boy

Gather your supplies
Cute carpenter man cut the entire bench, including the top out of mdf
the bottom we covered with mirror leftover from a long ago project

I ordered the white leather from eBay and had the foam from another long ago project
I'm beginning to wonder what kind of girl I've turned into with all this leather and mirror
Miss (Sharon Stone) Muffet

eBay...I love you

Hobby Lobby?  I love you too!

covering the buttons was truly the hardest part of all...probably because the leather was so thick
Mr. PV had to push the button bottoms in for me 

He also drilled the holes in the mdf

take your long twine and long needle

and pull all the way through
you really need some very strong twine or comes in a kit
I actually bent my needle but will probably never use it again (I hope)

go through several times like you would any other button 
tie your button down 
this will be puffy because of your foam

reinforce the tie on the back side
this will be covered with fabric also if you want finished project
(did I say finished?)

and then staple the fabric all the way around the backside

cost?  less than $50 but if I would have paid for this to be done, no telling

this is a partial view of the bench that will have the
two way mirror as the back you see those wonderful angora pillows?
That's what I wanted to a throw...over the leather...but I found these pillows 50% off at Pier 1
Pier 1...I LOVE YOU!

I confess I am guilty of hardly ever having a complete project to show
(the mirror will could be installed over the weekend IF I light a prayer candle)
and at times a get a little ahead of myself like when I put pillows in places 
that are clearly not ready for pillows

add the piano hinge, shine the mirror, arrange the pillows
sit on it
eat my curds and whey

and look at all the spiders that are probably already in my closet
from my shoes being in boxes in the garage for so long


Karen Albert said...

Bravo my friend. An excellent job done. I love the tufts!!

Giveaway from Enchanted Home!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Well done on a good job! x

NanaDiana said...

Great job- That is a good one to be done with though~! I hate doing tufting-but love the results once the work is done- xo Diana

stefanie said...

oh, I bet that would have cost alot!

Marina Pérez said...

Wow! You are an artist! Great!


Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Oooh,'s wonderful. Show us, hurry and get that mirror hung.

Heather - New House New HOme said...

Amazing! It's very Hollywood Glam. Love it!

Maureen said...

I've never done tufting but pretty sure I could give it a go. Would you husband mind very much coming up to Canada to do the tough parts for me? The bench looks fabulous!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What an awesome job!! Love it :-)

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

When you've finished I'd like an entire room tufted in mink please.

Talking of which, YOU are just amazing but also a total minx keeping us waiting to see the big reveal. I am so looking forward to seeing the finished result.


Marissa said...

Now, that is talent!!! I always say a woman on a mission can do anything!!! love it... maybe you should consider designing benches? now there's a thought?

Curtains in My Tree said...

I'm glad to know I am not the only one who doesn't get a completed project on the blog to show off

I love the look of those buttons on anything

or I forget to take before pictures

I don't have a project going right now , just trying to clean out the studio a little

Minha vida de campo said...

Parabéns, seu banco ficou muito bonito. Amo esse estilo de banco com botões. Aqui em casa todos nós fazemos algum trabalho manual. Para a vida agitada da modernidade esses hobby são muito bom para a pessoa se acalmar.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Lo veo y me gusta said...

Parece que ha quedado muy bien

Stacy Curran said...

Oh I always show off my projects half done and then sometimes don't even finish them! This is brilliant, though, and looks great. I can't believe you want to have an auto mechanic build it - so cute :)

Anonymous said...

Its beautiful, what a great job, white leather, ooo la la, love that!!!

chateau chic said...

You did a great job on the bench!!
Mary Alice

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looking forward to your next post :-)