X marks the spot

I got numerous emails about the x-benches in one of my recent projects:

They were a very simple DIY project. I just purchased two of thesefor $49.99. *They are now $59.99 each.

I just added a layer of batting on top of the existing animal print and the just stapled on my new fabric. It also takes about a yard per x-bench.

I’m not the only one that has tackled this project.

Deb from Living Livelier made a set for a client:

Caitlin from Caitlin Creer started the trend with a set she made for a client:

Courtney from Courtney Out Loud made a set for his own bedroom:

Shannon from Shannon Berrey Designs used the same x-bench in project, but she gave the legs a new coat of paint and just slip=covered the tops.

The possibilities are endless. Have you recreated one yourself? Any other favorites you’ve seen in blog land?

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30 Responses to X marks the spot

  1. Kasey says:

    Lovely designs. I really love that last photo. Not just the benches but the entire room just looks like so much fun!

    Happy Friday!

  2. I love Serena & Lily’s X Bench. To die for!

  3. Ashley says:

    I love the look of the slipcovered pair. I have a single, full-upholstered x-bench (purchased on Ebay for $13!) that’s desperate for a new print…it’s a little “Golden Girls” right now. This beautiful round-up is inspiring to get moving on my x-bench!

  4. Amanda says:

    Great idea for personalization. I’ve been looking for an idea for new “coffee table’s”. FYI Courtney of Courtney Out Loud is a male.

    • effortless says:

      Thanks for the FYI! Feel horrible about that. Just went in and fixed it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      • Thanks for the shout out! And no worries about the pronoun issue. It happens all the time :) But I do love this bench and will probably be using it in another design I am working on. it’s the perfect price point!!!

        • effortless says:

          Thanks for understanding Courtney. I was blogging at like midnight getting my post ready for this morning and I had a horrible oops!

  5. Love it all!! Where did you find your flame stitch fabric? I have had a sample for ages and now that I want to use it it seems to be sold out everywhere!!

  6. I have those very benches sitting in my house… I’m just waiting to find the perfect fabric to re-upholster them! I had seen Caitlin’s project, but none of the others. Great tip about adding a layer batting.

  7. This looks so chic – and simple to make! Thanks for sharing – these will be perfect in my living room :>)

    happy friday!

  8. this is great and I am DEF going to do. this is good for extra seating!

    also, I need to back and look at the rug source if you posted..it may be the one I have! indoor/outdoor from frontgate? my mom suprised me with it and i kinda love it..a

    • effortless says:

      The rug is from fab habitat and really shiny and totally outdoor material aka all plastic. We don’t love so it’s getting swapped out, but we loved the pattern/color so we wanted to lay it out and see how it looked.

  9. Rachel says:

    Oh, I was wondering if those were the same benches as in the other posts – I had seen those DIYs and went and purchased the kmart stools, but the seats of yours looked so much less chunky and sleeker. I was surprised to hear you added even more padding to it since they looked less thick. They look awesome! What was the reason for the extra batting?

    • effortless says:

      The original stools have some tufting to them. I didn’t want to simply cover them with fabric and then have people be able to feel the buttons through the fabric or have the fabric be loose after people handled them and the fabric settled so I use a little bit of batting first to get a nice smooth service and then stapled it with the fabric. Really easy.

      I’ve also done a version where I’ve re done the whole piece with new tufting and it’s easy, but takes a lot more time.

  10. Cathy Wall says:

    What a terrific and flexible piece…I am passing this along to a couple of clients! Thanks!

  11. Kate Collins says:

    I love this look! I suggested it for an e-design client and I really hope she does it. Such an easy DIY with a ton of style.

  12. great DIY! can i ask about the quality of the original stools? did you cover them because you wanted a different pattern or because they looked cheap or bad originally? thanks!

    • effortless says:

      Quality is okay, but I didn’t love the animal print. Shocking I know, because I normally love animal print, but it’s a little furry and I little on the dare I say it…trashy side so I recover them all the time. I actually recovered a set over in a new animal print with very similar coloring to the original, but it wasn’t furry and the animal print spots were further apart, which I really love so I’m happy I did it.

  13. i loooove these! especially the last one with the little slipcovers, i’m always worried about swapping out my coffee table for ottomans, but with a slipcover i wouldn’t feel so bad putting my feet on it or resting a plate on them

  14. Ash says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I’ll have to remember this next time I see something like this! Covering would be so much easier than completely removing the original fabric and changing it out.


    • effortless says:

      Making a slipcover is a great solution. I’m much better with a staple gun than the sew machine so I totally recovered it.

  15. You, my lady know how to send ones blog visits thru the roof!! Thanks so much for featuring the girls room I designed. And, I’m not sure if you could tell, but I actually made the slipcovers out of a Dash and Albert cotton rug !! The remaining rug remnant was then made into a roman shade for the adjoining bath. I’m a big fan of your blog–been following it for a long time!

  16. Casey says:

    I made one too and love it! It’s here: http://monogrammedsuitcase.blogspot.com/2011/02/to-show-updated-home-tour.html. I haven’t gotten around to tufting it yet (if ever), but 33 Shades of Green had a great tutorial for that part: http://33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com/2010/11/recovering-ottoman.html

  17. quintessence says:

    How creative you all are. And what a versatile p iece that it can have so many successful incarnations!

  18. Pam Fitz says:

    Thanks! I was just eyeing an identical looking one at Target for 79.99- now I can get two!

  19. diane says:

    I love these benches and wrote about it on our blog as well (http://www.onlinefabricstore.net/blog/) My favorite are the wovens one from Pottery Barn. They are a nice change from the standard bench at the foot of the bed or ottoman coffee table.

  20. Camila – Nice project! Love your choice of fabrics! I could see it as a great solution for me.

    We have no coffee table because the kids like the open space in the living room. BUT, I bet these are really lightweight to just pick up and move! And when I want to have a proper party, I can have my coffee tables!


    p.s. two giveaways on my site – please stop by!

  21. Wow all of these look great!This has made me want to cover ours. Look forward this week looking for fabric! What a great idea and great transformation on these .

  22. I love the idea of slipcovering them!

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