I started by painted the legs white because there is too much dark wood in the room. I didn't sand but used Zinser oil-based primer for the first coat. After that I did a few coats of white latex. I am purposely not showing a close-up of my paint job, it didn't turn out too well. I went back and reread the tutorials mentioned above. The reason (I think) was that I didn't do a thin enough coat of the primer to begin with, then I globbed on the latex with a paintbrush. I think if I did a very thin coat of primer, then either sprayed the top coat or did a few very thin coats of the latex with a really good brush I would have been OK.
After painting we pulled out the staples and carefully removed the fabric so I could use the fabric as a template. We uesd a flat head screwdriver, hammer, rubber mallot, and a pointy screwdriver I found in my tool box, not quite sure what its for but it worked wonders on staple removal.
If a staple was really far down into the wood we placed the screwdriver near the edge and tapped the screwdriver with the mallot to kind of dig the staple out.
I tried to use the fabric that was removed as a template but quickly realized I didn't want to upholster the same way it was put together. The manufacturer used a lot of pieces and I wanted to use as few as possible. Also, I wanted to eliminate the sewing of the arms and just staple. When I removed the arm pieces I saw that they were sewn slip-cover style, so they lifted right off in 1 piece. I am not good enough with the sewing machine to achieve those perfectly fitted arms.
I got this fabric at Hancock, it was $6/yd (I think it was on sale). I bought 2 1/2 yds. I choose this becuase it had the colors I was looking for (grey, white, black) and a busy enough pattern that I could get away with not matching up. I kept all of the original foam and batting but if I were to do again I'd add a little more batting.
I got a LOT of staple gun practice. I have a simple manual one I got at HD, pictured below. It worked really well although I had my hammer handy because most of the staples didn't quite go in all the way so I pounded them.
Here I am "in action".
The last step was to make the cording and glue/staple over the visible seams. This was also my first shot at sewing cording and I opted to only do a single welt but I used a medium sized cord. I used the original bench as a guide for where to put the cording and secured most with hot glue.
And voila! I almost can't believe I did it.
This fabric matches the new color scheme I have for the room, can't wait to show you more!