Monday, August 2, 2010

The X Bench Series Continues - Do It Yourself (or Pay Someone to Do It Themself for You)!

Are you getting sick of X-benches yet?  Hope not, because we've got the legs for one more post on the topic before we move on.  Check out our round-up of some of our favorite DIY (err, kind of) projects involving X-bench transformations, and our own little attempt, too!

Caitlin Creer, of the fabulous blog of the same name, did an incredible job transforming inexpensive Sears X-benches armed just with a staple gun and a yard of fabric. To see her project and instructions, click here. My friend and I decided her new family room could use one, so we followed Caitlin's lead.

The family room palette: oranges, greens, and browns featuring Pottery Barn's discontinued Moorish clementine tile rug, imperial trellis knock-off pillows from Homegoods, Hip in Chocolate by P. Kaufman for the window treatments, and Links in Citrus by Annie Selke for the X-bench!

We ordered this cheesy cheetah bench from Sears for $49.99, and were able to pick it up at a local Kmart the same day.
Conveniently, the bench comes disassembled, so it couldn't be easier to access the top cushion for a little makeover!

We simply laid the fabric down, put the cushion face-down on top, and let our scissors and staple gun do the rest.

Last step: attaching the legs with the included hardware.  Couldn't be easier!

And there you have it!  Custom upholstered X-bench for well under $100.

Erin at Elements of Style did a tremendous job transforming these Ballard black X-benches for a client:

She simply ordered a couple of extra yards of the fabric from Ballard, had them monogrammed and then upholstered on to the top of the bench.  Too cute!

Nicole from So Haute found these tattered X-benches at Brimfield a couple of years ago:

She chose a neutral but textured linen from Calico Corners and had them reupholstered for her living room.  I love the end result - especially the piping on the top and on the legs!

Have you tried any fun DIY projects lately?


  1. in. love. if i ever get off my lazy butt--I will be doing this. :)

  2. good luck with it Susan! let us know how it turns out, and send a pict! :)

  3. Thanks so much for including my x-bench project in your post! I so appreciate it!

  4. Funny. I just bought the EXACT same benches because of Caitlin's blog posting. I am currently looking for fabric to recover them with, but I am happy to see fromy our posting how easy it was to do!

  5. Thanks to your blog, I just received my 2 x-benches via K-Mart yesterday! My fabric to recover arrives tomorrow and I can't wait to see the finished results! Thanks SO MUCH as I have been looking for an affordable x-bench for months now!

  6. Great idea...I will be re-doing my bench...I am so tired of it! Thanks for the idea.

  7. I have the x bench and I am so tired of it...I will be re-doing it thanks to you. Thanks for showing the step by step pictures.

  8. Love your colors! How many yards of fabric did you need to recover both benches? Thanks!