Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Ugly Duckling Becomes A Swan

In the last post I showed you the bench I got at Goodwill. Here it is now. I'm not sure if this is the final version. My plan was to paint some stripes or something on the legs, but I decided to just leave the legs white for now. The fabric is one of my UFOs. For you non quilters that is an unfinished object. Every quilter has lots of them! It was made with men's shirts that I picked up at Goodwill. I already had all those blocks sewn together with the border of stripes, so I just took it apart and used only what I needed for this project. There is enough left over to make a couple of cushion covers or something. The border just happened to be the exact size for the footstool!
I just happened to have this fringe here too. It came off some old curtains that I got at a thrift shop. This definitely is a thrifted project! Unfortunately I don't have enough trim to go all the way around. The sides you can see in the photo have trim but the ones you can't see don't! So since this has been such a low budget project so far, I am going to keep my eyes open for some trim that is similar and just have 2 different trims on it!

I am very happy with how it turned out.On Friday 2 books that I ordered from Amazon arrived in the mail. I only had a time for a brief glance at them so I have made myself a cup of tea and I am going to put my feet up on my new footstool and get inspired for my next project.
Hope that you are having a restful Sunday. That's what I intend to do.
Rhondi xo




37 comments:

  1. I love your bench!!! How inspiring! (-:

    And it fits in so well with your decor...LOVE IT!

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  2. that bench is fabulous!!! I love your idea with the men's shirts!! So unique!! It turned out great!!
    Sara

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  3. What a great way to use UFO's! Your bench looks professionally done! Great find, great result!
    Have a wonderful Sunday.
    ~Patti

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  4. I absolutely love this! I'd like to find something like it for a room I'm working on now. I've seen a lot of cute ideas for ottoman/coffee tables and this one just takes the cake.

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  5. Hi Rhondi,
    You have done a great job! Not only is it pretty but practical too.
    Enjoy putting your feet up with your new books.
    Carolyn

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  6. Hi Rhondi,
    These are always the best projects. Thrifty to Nifty, love the bench. Enjoy your Sunday.
    Keep Stitchen'
    Bonnie

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  7. Oh my gosh! I love, love , love it! It turned out so fabulous! I like the legs just as they are. So pretty!

    Manuela

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  8. Wow, great job! It turned out so pretty. I love it.

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  9. Rhondi! Your bench turned out wonderful! I love the colors. How great that it is made from a UFO with mens shirts!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  10. The ugly duckling became a really pretty neat Swan!!!! It looks like it has been in your room all along! Great Job! You give me inspiration on a budget!
    Glad you shared!
    Karyl(Carol)

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  11. You are too, too clever.....and an inspiration! The little bench is a treasure now.

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  12. LOVELY JOB.

    HUGS FROM FLORIDA

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  13. Your bench project turned out so beautifully! Love the fringe!

    Blessings,
    Carol

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  14. Oh Rhondi, you ahve such a knack of turning ugly ducklings into swans! The bench looks so different, clean and pretty. Clever you!

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  15. I don't think you ought to do anthing else with the legs. Keeing them plain like that lets the fabric speak for itself.

    Your bench looks about the size we would call a footstool - only if anyone put their feet on it I mighty have to kill them! Not only are you clever but you have the patience of a saint.

    love, Angie, xx

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  16. That turned out amazing, have you done an upholstery course or are you just clever? The fringe is the icing on the ckae. Now what do you think of the new book? I have no idea what's in it but I have their last one.

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  17. Oh it's gorgeous! You did a fabulous job! What a transformation!

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  18. You turned an ugly duckling into a swan! Fantastic makeover Rhondi, Your UFO was meant to be used this way:>)

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  19. Wow! This turned out great! What a bit of fun fabric and time can do. This will become a favorite thing in your house I think.

    Hugs ~
    Heidi

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  20. Fabulous I just love it I really like the white legs if you paint them it will detract form all the beautiful quilting.I think the trim is perfect great job, Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  21. Love what you did to the bench! Looks great in your room!

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  22. I love the way your bench turned out! The fabric is perfect and the trim adds so much to it. Hope you find some just like it or something that goes with it. You've given me an idea or two for a project I may get around to in the near future. Thanks for sharing your transformation with us. ~Adrienne~

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  23. Oh gosh it looks PERFECT in you home..... love it....
    HUgs
    Linda

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  24. It turned out great! Love it!

    Katherine

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  25. That looks lovely Rhondi! You have such a talent and wonderful eye for these things! I just love how it turned out!

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  26. LOVE IT RHONDI!!
    It is wonderful - you are so talented... what a fabulous redo!!!

    xo,
    Kim

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  27. Hi Rhondi,
    WoW! and two thumbs up from me!. I love your room and the blue is so lovely. I think the bench looks great the way it is without the stripes. A perfect room for sure!.
    Enjoy your day,
    Elizabeth

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  28. Rhondi,

    You did a splendid job transforming the "ugly duckling". I love all the blues!

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  29. Beautiful! You are very talented!
    Hope you are well! God bless you.
    Bren

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  30. This is definitely a swan ending.
    You had the prefect combination of UFO's. Everything came together so well especially with the fringe. I like the painted legs, because it draws your attention to the fabric and trim.

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  31. What a transformation Rhondi, I LOVE it. I think the legs look better white (don't want to overdo it!)

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  32. Now that is one gorgeous transformation! I was thoroughly impressed with the first photo and to read that you had rescued it from the thrift. But to discover that you had used a quilt top you had made AND that the top was made from men's shirts that you had also rescued for the thrift, now I am blown away by your resourcefulness and your talent. This bench if fabulous in every way and I love the way it looks with the blue and white chair. Just stunning!!!

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  33. I love it.I so wish I could quilt.I come from a long line of hand quilters but it stopped the generation before mine and by the time I was old enough to learn my grandmother's health wouldn't let them teach me.It's one thing I've always wanted to do.Sadly my small town doesn't have any classes or anything like that either.
    Anyway your house is beautiful!

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