September 07, 2017

Entrance Way & DIY Palm Print Bench

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

Our place is by no means fully decorated. We didn't want to rush into buying pieces or furnishing every inch of the rooms with pieces that we didn't love. But I did want our entrance way to be complete. It's the first room I see when I walk into the house, and the last one I see when I leave the house. I wanted it to be inviting for guests and to give off happy fresh vibes. When we came into the house the paint colour was not allowed to be changed. My thoughts were "UGH- so much green!". If I had my way it would be a beautiful shade of... you guessed it, white! So I started thinking what is green and beautiful. Palm trees, duh! I love the look of leopard and palm print together, so I when I found this chair at HomeSense I immediately started looking for a palm print bench.  I found tons! However, for $199? No thanks. 

My mother so graciously gave me her old wooden bench and B and I got to working. I sourced the fabric at EuroFab (a fabulous fabric shop on Queen Street) and picked up a bed cover to act as the cushion. I sanded and painted the base of the bench, then we put it all together. I love that it opens and acts as a storage unit too. Overall we saved ourselves a pretty penny and I think the entrance way looks way more complete! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this little project. If you are interested here is how we put it together:




DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

1- Find and prep your piece. Ours was a basic wooden bench. We took off the seat part and I sanded each piece a few times using a sand paper. After I sanded it I would wipe it down and let it dry completely before sanding again.

2- Paint. I used a white glossy spray paint. I put down some newspaper and took the bench outside. Make sure to find a shielded area so the wind does not backfire on you.

3. Cushion your seat. For the seat, we cut up egg crate foam toppers. You know the ones I'm talking about. Usually, they are used a bed covers for added cushioning. We put the smooth side up and secured by wrapping an old bedsheet over the cushion and staple gunning it to the bottom. We then layed out our chosen fabric on the floor (print side down) and placed the cushioned seat in the middle of the fabric. Side by side (pulling tightly) we staple gunned the fabric to the seat. We were a tad bit confused about how to do the corners but there are ample youtube videos to watch.

4. Re-assemble. We bought a basic hinge and attached it to the seat and the base of the bench. 

And that's it! A simple DIY project that took about a day to put together! What do you think? 

Sources:
Console table, lamp, leopard chair, pink pillow- Homesense
Oh La La pillow- Putti
Why Hello print- Gala Digital Prints via Etsy
Vase- Value Village
Mirror- IKEA 


DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense

DIY Palm Print Bench, Blogger Entrance Way, Interior Design, Palm Print Leopard, Homesense


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  1. Gorgeous! I never thought of pairing leopard with palm...but it is just beautiful! I've been wanting to try my hand at a DIY bench for a while now, I think they're the perfect addition to any entry way.

    Megan
    www.theommlife.com
    @meganmarsiglio

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    1. I love the combo! It's so fun and kind of unexpected!
      xx

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