As most of you know, I’m a SAHM. I went back to work in 2013 at a gas station and I worked 3rd shift for a year. It was tough on my family since I did nothing but sleep all day and was not mentally present when I was awake since I was always exhausted. I struggled toward the end with whether it was the right decision to keep working or not. Needless to say, I got my answer. I am back at home and every time I have talked about going back to work, Hunter melts down. It creates too much change in our house for me not to be here and managing things. So, what can I do? I need to do something.
I’ve have been praying for awhile now about what the answer would be and I could never get peace about me going back to work outside of the home. Well, Tevis works at a place where he has access to discarded furniture. Every so often he would call me and say, “Hey! There is this _____. Do you think we could use it?” I didn’t pick up on it then, but over the last few months it started dawning on me that maybe we could just start repurposing these things.
He brought home this coffee table one day. It has sat in our basement for a few weeks while I tried to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it. I decided on a bench. Pinterest is a handy little tool!
I went to Hancock Fabric and found a piece of upholstery that was 90% off AND I got to use a 15% off coupon, too! Then we went to Michael’s and bought some black spray paint and got to use a 50% off coupon for it. And we were ready to go! Oh, forgot to mention that the padding for it, Tevis got from work too. We were able to put a memory foam seat on it! Sweet!
First things first…Time to dismantle the thing!
Next, we had to measure and cut the padding for the seat cushion. We used a thin piece of regular foam for the bottom and then memory foam for the top.
After cutting the pieces to size, we sprayed an adhesive glue to the table top, just to hold it in place while we maneuvered it around. Tevis lined up the pieces of foam on the material before we placed the top down.
Then, as Tevis pulled the material taut, I stapled it down. He made sure that it was just taut enough to where it didn’t dimple the fabric around the edges. We started on the short sides, then the long sides, leaving the corners for last. We gathered the corners together and then stapled them down after we got it shaped in a way we liked.
Now, we get to paint! We tried to get it done in one day, but we just couldn’t see since it had gotten dark and we noticed that the paint wasn’t liking the finish on the wood. Tevis took it all to the shed and sanded it a little to give the paint something to adhere to. I ended up having to finish the painting the next day in the basement since the temperature was too cold outside for the paint.
Once everything was dry, it was time for the fun part! Putting it back together and seeing how it turned out!
It turned out great! It wasn’t that hard to do. It was a fun project and we will definitely be doing it again. I just have to keep reminding myself that I can’t keep everything! HA!
Tevis called the next day and said that he had found a dresser and head & footboard. The dresser was not salvageable but the drawers were. Now I have drawers in my basement and I can’t wait to show you what I plan to do with those! As far as the headboard and footboard goes…it may end up as another bench. Who knows! I think I’m going to like this new adventure and I think I understand why I’ve not been given a “yes” about going back to work. Is it going to be a huge income producer? No, but it will supplement the same, if not more, that I would be making it I did go back to work. And, I get to stay home and take care of my family still. I think it’s a win all the way around. =) Be Blessed!