Reupholstering a Kitchen Table Bench

Several weeks ago Mr. Marvelous and I bought this bench to add additional seating to our kitchen table. I’ve always wanted bench seating and this bench was the right color, fit, and was very affordable. The cushion fabric, however, was sort of a yawn. As you see from above, it put Fred Thomas right to sleep!

What’s a girl to do?

**Update** For those who inquired on the source of the bench, it is from here. πŸ™‚

I fell in love with this fabric by Liz Claiborne Home.

Close-up of the fabric detail, photos do not really do it justice, it has a slight quilted texture and it is soft as butter. The soft blues and greens are perfect for our kitchen.

I began the project by turning the bench upside down and identifying the screw holes that were holding the bench cushion onto the bench itself.

One by one, I unscrewed nine screws and then was able to pop the cushion right off.

I cut my fabric, approximately 6″ wider and longer than the cushion itself so that I would have plenty of fabric to fold over the corners of the bench. I used a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the cushion pad, placing staples approximately ever 1.5″ inches around the perimeter.

I trimmed the corners with scissors to get rid of excess fabric, which made the corners easier to fold and staple in place.

After that, I was able to put the cushion back on the bench and replace my screws. VIOLA!

Looks great with our kitchen table and adds much more visual interest than the plain cream fabric did.

My kitchen is happy!


  1. Well done!! This is gorgeous and the photos all look absolutely lovely. I’ve also always wanted a bench seat too for my table.

  2. looks AWESOME! I recently purchased that material (only 40% off though-sigh) and had fall pillow covers made from it with cotton ball size pom poms in an olive-celery green.
    I, too, fell in love with the quilted look of the material and even thought it would make a perfect nursery crib skirt.
    love your blog!

  3. Gorgeous! That looks exactly like our table…and is the bench from Ikea? I’d love to know; I’m ready to save up for one myself! Job well done. πŸ™‚

  4. Erin, that is so fresh looking. A great way to add subtle color to the kitchen.

    On your r.sidebar I saw the picture of the “bookcase” in you foyer. I would like something similar to that. May I ask where you got it?

  5. That is beautiful, Erin! I love it!! Adds the perfect touch to your already lovely kitchen. Oh, and love the kitty sleeping on the bench! Our cats like to sit on the dining chairs, too. πŸ™‚ Have a great day!! Beth.

  6. Oh my gosh! I not only love the bench, but I LOVE your kitchen! Why have I never seen it before? I’m sure that’s my fault not yours. Your kitchen and dining are absolute perfection.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Love it! What a difference the fabric makes. Your kitchen is just beautiful! Would you mind sharing the paint color? You’ve done a fabulous job of putting it all you love spending time in there!:)


  8. I’ve read your blog for awhile now, but I don’t think I’ve ever commented. πŸ™‚ Great project. I, too, am a water girl who now lives in farmland in the Midwest. I spent my summers in MI. The challange of combining the two styles in my number one decorating frustration. Somehow I feel funny with a sailboat on my mantle when I look around and only see corn. πŸ™‚ But I can’t pull myself away from the beach. You’ve done a nice job. Keep sharing.

  9. So beautiful! If those are colour you are drawn to, you should check out Sarah Richardson (Design Inc) online and some of her photos. She has the same bent for those colours and provides millions of hours of wonderful eye candy.

  10. I love the bench! I looked up the bench on value and I love the table and chairs too. Can you tell me what you think about the quality? Did you see the table and chairs in the store? It’s about an hour drive for me and I’m curious to get an opinion.


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