Once a thrifter, always a thrifter, especially when making over thrifted furniture with thrifted clothing! (You see what I did there?) Yes, ladies and gents, you can use thrifted clothing to recover furniture and I am going to show you exactly how to do it.
Start with a thifted or salvaged piece of furniture. I found this small bench at Goodwill for $8.00.
Next, browse the clothing section of the store. My original plan was to cover it using an old leather coat. However, my Goodwill store had them priced at $25.00 each, so I bought this black skirt instead for $4.00. If you happen to find a nice old leather coat, keep it for a project just like this one, I think it would look amazing!!
I always wash my material first, iron, then cut it to fit. This skirt was the perfect size once cut in half.
I purchased these tacks from Jo-Anne Fabrics, I had a coupon and will use them on another project, so it was still a thrifty purchase 😉
These are a nice option because of the holes every four tacks. Once you hammer a tack into that hole, you can’t tell it was there in the first place.
I measured my strips of tacks beforehand and cut them with a wire cutter. It was super simple.
Before tacking the fabric in place, I made sure the pattern lined up along the side of the bench. When using a patterned fabric, it is important to be picky at this step. The last thing you want is to have your piece finished, and the pattern doesn’t line up the way you had planned.
I like to start with the longest side first, then work my way around.
When cutting the strips of tacks previously, I made sure there was a hole at the corners. That way there would be a tack holding the fabric in place.
The pattern of the thrifted skirt dresses up the bench nicely.
And there you have it, a simple solution to when you have a piece of thrifted furniture, and you don’t want to spend a fortune on fabric to recover it. Don’t forget to pin and share!