One Room Challenge: Progress is Progress

Feeling sick today… So, here’s just a small peek at the bench that I’m working for our master bedroom. It’s not done yet, but here you go.

I bought the bench 30 thousand years ago at a thrift store for around $7.


Solid wood, just a little banged up and in need of some loving.

I sanded it, cleaned it, vacuumed it, cursed at the dust, primed it, sanded it again, tack cloth-ed it, and then cursed at the dust again.

Here’s a close-up of the legs, primed and sanded.

primed bench leg

I taped off and covered the top part with a paper bag. The cardboard box is to protect the other leg in the back.

primed bench leg taped off

Spray with gold spray paint. Peel tape off while paint is still wet. Repeat with the other three legs. Done.

primed bench gold legs

That whole thing took me 15 minutes, which was gratifying after a failed shopping trip to Jo-Ann. Did you know that foam is expensive? That a 2-inch foam will cost you around 16 dollars per yard… and that’s at 50% off? That means that it’s around 32 dollars for a yard of foam at regular price. LOL. I mean.. that is just LOL. What’s up with that?

But I will buy the foam. At 50% off. I just got kicked out of the store yesterday because I got there around 15 minutes before closing and was paralyzed with indecision. OH WELL…

The bench is hanging out and waiting for me to finish it.

primed bench gold legs fabric

I put the fabric on the bench just to see how the gold plays with it. I like it. I just don’t like how much the foam costs.

Seriously, I know it’s a first world problem and it’s not that bad. It’s just that the foam price puts more pressure on me not to screw up this project. The fabric, the foam, and then the batting that I’ll also need to get… and what if it looks awful?

I can’t think like that, though. I just gotta get it done and do my best. I’ll buy the foam tomorrow morning. The 50% off sale on foam ends this Saturday, I think. If you need foam, you know where to go!

primed bench gold legs fabric

Never mind the splotchy white paint. I haven’t pained it white yet. That’s just primer. I didn’t want to put the gold spray paint on top of latex paint, so I did that first and then I’ll brush around the gold.

I hope it’ll look good in the bedroom!

It’s been so hard to work on the room when Sienna (the baby) is napping and sleeping in there. She’s sleeping through the night more often than not (hoooooooray) so we are going to give her an eviction notice soon.

I forgot to tell you! WE GOT THE BED!!!!!!! It needs a LOT of work so we got the price down to $80 and now it’s chilling in our garage. Can I finish it before the challenge is up? I have no idea but I am just so happy we have the bed!

I’m going to sleep now and get up early and buy the foam with a determined smile on my face.

12 Comments on “One Room Challenge: Progress is Progress

  1. I hope you check your emails before you buy the foam. You can use one of those ‘egg carton’ mattress foam sheets. They are much less expensive. All you need to do is cut 2 of the sizes and invert one onto the other so the bumps will be sandwiched on the inside. It will also be thicker than 2″, and that will feel great on your tush. Love the gold legs and YEAH for the bed.

  2. love the bench with the gold tipping — very clever and I love the egg crate idea — will have to use that in the future!! much cheaper — love it!

  3. Definitely the chicest bench I’ve EVER seen!! The fabric, white and gold all work well tog!

  4. Foam prices are crazy, I can never pull the trigger either. I’ve heard people say you can use camp mattresses, but I’ve never actually been able to find one of those. And I like Linda’s tip of using egg carton mattress toppers. The gold legs are great!

  5. If you need foam for any other project, camping foam at Home Depot is a cheaper alternative!!

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