A few (embarrassingly long) months ago, one of my local friends posted on Facebook that she had a project piece of furniture for someone. She was redoing her living room, and one piece that had to go was a worn out leather ottoman.
I believe my response on her page was, “Um, hello? Have you met me?” The next day, that bench had a new owner.
Dogs, kids, and time had done a number on the bench. The leather was torn, and the wooden base was woefully scratched up.
I immediately set to work taking the bench apart. I flipped it over and removed the wooden base. I removed the upholestry staple by staple. I cut the strings that were holding the tufted buttons. I was basically left with a big wooden box, a wooden base and the left over leather and foam.
The problem became that I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. I was so excited about ripping it apart that I failed to fully explore how I could revamp it. Rookie mistake, y’all! You would think that I would know better than that by now.
So, here it sits in my little office, just one more unfinished project for me to trip over. Tom remarked to me that “this is how people end up with refrigerators in their front yard.” Uh oh. I better figure something out.
I’d love for you to throw your ideas at me, you genius guys and gals! What should I do to give this bench a new life? It’s about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide. The only thing I don’t want to do is simply repaint and recover it. It’s served its time as a bench, so now I think it needs a new purpose.
What would you do with this old leather bench?