Hey there, sweet friends! I am so delighted to be joining a fabulous group of bloggers today to participate in the Home Depot Gift Challenge! Each month, these ladies select an item at Home Depot and each use it in a creative way to make a gift for someone else– how fun is that?! The item of the month for April was pegboard, and we could give our creation to anyone in the family. Want to see what I came up with?
Before I start talking about my project, I do have to make a little confession… Well, let me see if you can figure it out. Do you notice anything missing in the following pictures?
You may have never noticed because I try to get “creative” with the camera angles to hide it, but our dining set only has three matching chairs! The set was Donnie’s family’s growing up, and they had built-in benches in their eat-in kitchen, so they only needed three chairs. Since we now have the set and obviously have four people in our family, poor Connor has always sat on an uncomfortable folding chair. When I heard what the challenge was going to be this month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make my little guy a cushy bench to sit on instead!
Here’s what I used to complete this project:
- Old bench
- Paint + brush
- Poly foam
- X-acto knife
- Button Cover Kit
- Polyester batting
- 1 yard of fabric
- Spray adhesive
- Upholstery thread
- Long needle
- Staple gun
- Nuts & bolts
I was talking to my sister one day about my plan to make a bench for Con, and she said, “Oh, you can have this old bench from my house! We won’t use it.” Score! Free bench!
The top was in kind of bad shape, but the bench itself was pretty solid, so I knew I could turn it into something beautiful! I started by painting the bottom of the bench with Behr Marquee’s Cameo White. I knew I was going to be covering the top, so I didn’t bother to paint it.
That was the easy part– on to the top! I had always wanted to try tufting, but was too nervous to actually go for it. This piece was so small, though, that I figured it would be a great piece to start on, PLUS it would allow me to incorporate my pegboard for the challenge!
I had seen many, many tutorials (like this one and this one) where people used a pegboard as the base of their tufting because having the holes already drilled makes it easy to perfectly place the tufts. It looked easy enough to me, so I snagged a piece of pegboard, had them cut it down to my preferred dimensions at the store, and brought it home to get to work. I started by planning out how I would space the tufts… and obviously I used Hershey’s Kisses to mark my spots. Because chocolate. 🙂
I circled my selected pegboard holes with Sharpie, removing the Kisses so I could eat them, of course (1). (It actually ended up being helpful to circle the holes from both sides of the pegboard.) I had picked up some 2″ poly foam at the store to use as my cushion, so I cut it to the correct size, and then placed my pegboard over it so that I could mark the spots where my tufts would be (2). I then used an X-acto knife to cut holes in the foam at the tufting spots (3).
Next I needed to make my buttons. I simply used a small portion of my fabric + the handy dandy little button covering kit that I had picked up at the craft store, and I had created my 8 buttons in just a few minutes. (Side note– this was my first time making buttons, and I had no idea how easy it was! Must find more button-making projects!)
Before I could put it all together, I had to figure out how we were going to attach the tufted pegboard to the bench. Donnie ended up drilling a few holes in the bench, using the pegboard as a guide, and we put bolts through the pegboard before we tufted, which would eventually fit into the holes in the bench and be secured by nuts from underneath the bench.
With the bolts through the pegboard, I used spray adhesive to attach my piece of foam to the top of the board, and placed my batting and fabric on top of it. From there, I doubled up my upholstery thread on my long needle and stuck it up through one of my tufting holes from the bottom of the pegboard, up through the foam, through the button, and back down through the foam and marked hole on my pegboard. Then, I pulled the thread as tight as I could while Donnie used the staple gun to staple it in place. We made sure to pull it and staple in all different directions so that it was secure, and then we tied it off.
We repeated the process for each of our 8 tufts. Then we just pulled the fabric and batting taut around the edges of our bench and stapled to our hearts’ content to secure it! 🙂 I trimmed off the excess batting and fabric, and we had…
…our beautiful bench! I’m so excited that I will no longer have to try to hide the fact that we only have three chairs at our table, lol! And Connor is beyond excited to have a comfy bench of his very own!
Being a total newbie at the whole tufting thing, I was kind of nervous about how it was going to turn out, but I love it!
Want to see the before and after? My favorite part!
How I love bringing an old, worn out piece back to life! So much better!
Oh but wait, there’s more! My super talented bloggy buddies have been busy making some cute pegboard projects of their own, so be sure to hop around and check them out!
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Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! Have a wonderful week!
Have you ever made anything fun out of pegboard?