Hey everyone…it’s been a few weeks since I posted last, but I’m overjoyed that the reason why was the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Emmeline Claire!
She was born on January 4th at 3:10 pm, weighing 8 lbs, 10 oz and measuring 21 inches…childbirth was an amazing experience and I’ve had to pinch myself every day since…I can’t believe I’m a mom! She is just precious in every way and we are LOVING being parents. Thankfully she has been a rather content baby–which I know could change, but in the meantime she has made my job easy. However, I haven’t been left with much time to spare lately!
The weekends are the best time to get things done, because obviously we have two adults to keep an eye on Emme. This past weekend we were able to complete a long-awaited project. Over the summer we went to a barn sale (where we purchased our basement couch) and picked up this trunk:
It actually belonged to the original homeowners, and has “Baltimore, MD” stamped on the side…it was a steamer trunk that has been around since the 20’s! It took a good bit of cleaning up when we brought it home, and since then it has sat in our bedroom with a beach towel over the top. It was screaming for a cushioned top to make it more of a bench.
It was very easy to do, and the supplies cost around $30. To DIY, you will need:
-piece of plywood, dimensions to fit the top of the bench (ours measured 20 and 3/4″ x 3 feet)
-piece of foam for cushion, large enough to fit top of bench (we used 3″ foam from Jo-Ann Fabrics)
-quilter’s batting (there are many different price ranges and thickness, but you just need it for a little extra padding…we bought a bag that was $5 with a 50% off coupon)
-fabric of choice (we purchased a yard, which was plenty big enough to cover the cushion)
-Exacto knife, staple gun, and scissors
-Screws and drill to attach cushion to surface (or top of trunk in our case)
We started by laying the foam on top of the plywood. We trimmed it down to size using an Exacto knife.
Once that was trimmed down, we trimmed the batting to size, wrapped the batting around the foam and plywood and stapled it to the back of the plywood. TIP: Make sure to pull the batting taut to the back of the plywood as you staple.
Then we flipped the board over (so that the batting and foam were on top) and placed the fabric on top to make sure it laid properly and the print was as centered as possible on top of the cushion.
We carefully flipped the cushion over so the fabric stayed in place, and then stapled the fabric to the back of the plywood. Again, make sure to pull the fabric tautly so there aren’t any wrinkles or sags. We wrapped the fabric around the rectangular cushion just as if we were wrapping a present.
Now it was ready to screw on to the top of the trunk! Jason used a drill to attach it, and drilled screws through the underside of the trunk’s lid to secure it.
And the finished result:
(Please don’t mind our curtains that desperately need to be hemmed! 😉 )
Now it’s a great surface to lay pillows after turning down the bed, or clothes, or whatever!
I’m thankful to have had a little time over the weekend to complete this little project…fingers crossed that I’ll be able to get back to posting on a regular basis soon!
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Emmeline pics…she has the cutest curly hair, which dries in every which way after her bath 🙂 And she loves placing her hand like this under her chin! I feel like she’s developing a little personality already. 🙂