One Gal’s Junk is Another Gal’s Tea Party
April 24, 2009
My little five year old girl loves to throw tea parties for her friends. Mind you, her friends are furry and have names like “Muffin” and “Candy” but I still let them play together.
Last weekend, I was making the rounds at the local thrift store, and also happened to just pop in to this garage sale in the neighborhood. At each stop, I found a little vanity bench and paid $4 for each of them, with the intention of turning them into tea party perches for those furry friends she likes to party with.
Here’s the “Junk” Before, and the After:
The thrift store bench was a raw natural wood color, which I had to stain to match the legs of the other bench. I’m a Minwax girl, so I used the Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut I had previously purchased to redo my staircase, and I turned the legs to a darker wood tone. One coat and 30 minutes later, the bench was transformed.
Next, I added medium density foam to cushion the seat. You can use scissors to trim your foam, but truth is, the best way to cut it is with an old serrated knife. (I’ve seen others use an electric carving knife as well.)
Cover the foam with batting like I did with this chair. Then staple your new fabric of choice to the seat cushion.
Add decorative trim with hot glue:
Voila! Two coordinated benches! Total cost for both vanity benches, including fabric, foam and trim, was around $25.
Compare to the plain and inexpensive at Target for $38:
And compare to the ridiculously expensive at Frontgate for **choke** $699:
One interesting note was that I found out the garage sale vanity bench was a Mersman brand original piece of furniture from the Depression and it had a separate date signature from 1929. A little research online revealed it’s probably worth between $50 to $75. So there’s proof that you can find real treasures at a garage sale !
I purchased the little green table at Joanne’s Fabrics on sale for $12, but I didn’t like the sunflower picture on the top, so I made the tablecloth from scrap fabric by: A) setting tabletop on fabric, and marking fabric with pencil, B) Sewing a hem along the bottom, C) gathering the fabric, and D) attaching the gathered fabric to the circular piece. This simple sew mini tablecloth took about 45 minutes.
So the question I have for you is…
Would you like one lump, or two?