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Vanity Bench Makeover – Thrifty Style Team

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Easy vanity bench makeover with fabric and a bit of paint.

Welcome to this month’s Thrifty Style Team! Have you ever missed doing something, but you didn’t realize just how much you missed it until you did it again? That is how I feel about this simple vanity bench makeover. I haven’t done a furniture makeover in a very long time. An added bonus is that this project was so very quick and easy.

Makeover in the Making

Can you believe that this sweet vanity bench was a curbside find? 

A few years ago, I gave the bench its first makeover.

The frame was painted white and then sanded for a vintage, weathered finish. At the time I loved red and white, so I added this beautiful fabric from my stash.

Now my decor tastes have changed and I favor hues of blue. Recovering a fabric bench seat is easy and economical.

Layers of Fabric

Typically a vanity bench has 4 screws holding the seat into place on the under-side. They are easily removed with a screwdriver. As you can see, this bench has been reupholstered a few times. In a perfect world these extra fabric layers should be removed. But, I’m impatient and determined that I could get away with adding just one more layer of fabric. 😃

Do you remember this stunning fabric? It was a curtain panel from Jenn’s former home. The blue and teal colors as well as the gorgeous pattern make it a favorite of mine. So much so that I have already used it for this tray makeover and these fabric ornaments.

This is how it’s done

  • Trim your chosen piece of fabric adding an 1½” of fabric extra, all the way around.

  • Iron the fabric very well. 

  • Using a heavy duty stapler, fold the fabric beginning in one corner. Staple in place like you would hospital corners of a bed sheet.  Repeat on the other 3 corners.

  • Then staple the side pieces into place.
  • Screw the seat back into place.

  • Stand back and admire your handiwork! 

You may not think that this is much of a change, but for me it is very dramatic. 

See why I love this fabric so much? Flowers and swirls in my favorite colors make my heart skip a beat.

You’ll be seeing this bench later as it is part of my master bedroom refresh project.

If you see a bench at a thrift store for a good price – buy it! Vanity benches are so versatile and they can be used anywhere in your home. They are perfect for extra seating and are great additions for your decor.

Don’t Forget to Pin this to Your Favorite Pinterest Board!

paint and new fabric can transform any bench seat

Now let’s see what our Thrifty Style Team members have created this month!


  1. Gah, this blue gets me Every. Single. Time!!! Gorgeous!!!

  2. It looks so fantastic! I absolutely love the blue and white fabric. Well done!

  3. This is so cute! It’s amazing how simple it is to reupholster something like this and what a huge difference it makes! I’m always up for a little blue and white as well! 🙂

  4. Oh my! What a Beauty!! Nice choices of fabric! I’m with you on the blue. I can’t get enough lately!! I hope your husband is doing well!!

  5. This is so crazy cute! I love it. The blue and white looks really fresh and it definitely goes with your signature style. I’m totally with you, it’s a big transformation. Hugs, CoCo

  6. Such a beautiful job! You KNOW I love the blue. And all the layers of fabric have my heart.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial, ladies.

  7. vicki- love that little update on the bench…that fabric is so pretty. I had to laugh when I saw the multiple layers of fabric…. Hope your husband is doing well.

  8. This is a beautiful transformation! You made me giggle with the “layers of fabric” LOL! Guilty!

  9. I’ve got an old Morris Chair with the original cushions and every time I walk by it I think I’ve gotta do something with those. I’ve been saying that in my head for 20 years, might be time huh? Won’t be quite as easy as some staples, but what do I have to lose they don’t look good now!

  10. I’m searching for your chalk paint recipe. I also have one of those old pine armoire and night stands I want to paint. You’ve inspired me to keep my cheap furniture and make them beautiful again!

  11. Cheryl Atkinson says:

    Perfect timing!! I have this exact same chair and i just purchased some pretty curtain panels from Goodwill. This will be my first attempt at reupholstering anything. Wish me luck and again, Thank you for the inspiration. It means alot to learn new things from different blogs. Pinned. i don’t have a website so i can enter my URL. Does that make a difference?

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