The 'Hedgehog' Bench

A friend showed me this little bench she bought at a yard sale for $2.  She said she had no idea what to do with it.  I suggested that it looked like a bench for a child, or maybe a place for plants.  As I was thinking out loud, she handed it to me and said, "Do something with it."  
After some more thought, I decided it would be adorable as a little seat for a child, so I got to work.
It started out as a pine bench stained with dark walnut.  It's about 26" wide and the seat is about 9" off the floor. 
I gave it a 'scuff' with sandpaper and two coats of primer. I had some porch paint laying around,  so it got two coats.  
At this point, it was nothing special, but it had nice lines, especially the curves on the back - I'll get to that in a bit.  Meanwhile, I knew it needed a cushion and I found the cutest hedgehog fabric in the sale bin - to be honest, my husband actually found it!  He's really good like that. "The Hedgehog Bench" was born.  Using some cotton batting, I sewed a cushion.  Three buttons from the button box (that actually matched) were sewn on to give it a little more character.
I cut a design on my Cricut out of permanent vinyl for the back, applied it, and declared it done.
 How many times have you bought something even though you had no idea what to do with it?
When I brought it over to my friend's shop she didn't even recognize it.  Happily, it now belongs to a sweet little girl!

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  1. Well isn't that adorable! You have great vision. I bet your friend will love it.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I showed it to her yesterday and she didn't even realize what it was at first. I wish I had a picture of her face. It was priceless!

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  2. OMG! I love, love, love your hedgehog bench! It's super adorable!

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    1. Thank you! once I saw that fabric, I knew it was just right for this project. I'm so glad you stopped by - come back again soon!

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  3. This projects is too cute, Love it. Pinned

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  4. Ann,
    Adorable!!! I have bought things over the years that caught my eye and it took years before I found a place or a use for it...Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. My house isn't big enough to store things for years. I'm hoping this little bench finds a home real soon!

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  5. What a cute bench! Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop at My Flagstaff Home! --Jennifer

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  6. I love this - it would look so cute in so many homes! And you could even change out the seat cover for different seasons.

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    1. I never thought of changing out the cushion, but that's a great idea, Kristen. I'm so glad you stopped by...

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  7. My sister loves hedgehogs... she would get a kick out of that cushion! ;-)

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    1. I guess you'll have to show it to her, Julie! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. This is precious. I just love it. This would be darling in a preschool classroom.

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    1. Thank you, Katie. It's currently looking for the right child!

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