Cowhide Bench

Let’s start this off by stating the obvious. I did not take enough photos for this, because I originally didn’t plan on this being blog-worthy. I mean, how many tutorials for recovering a bench can you handle? There’s a lot out there.

But, I did want to show off this little nod to whimsy that we threw together the other night. You see, I’ve had this bench since I was a tween. It matches our dresser in our bedroom and the vanity that is currently held up in the garage. Sad story, I know.

Even though we don’t have enough room for a vanity right now we can always use seating right? Truth. Back to the story, it’s been a really funky gold color, some zebra print and then red toile and did a little 180 back to the animal hide.

Vintage pictures right there.

It’s funky, that’s for sure. It’s not everyone’s style. It’s a little tacky. A lot tacky? Ha! But I like it. Remember, I’m trying to branch out, deep breaths and baby steps. Plus the blue is really pretty. Don’t ask me for a color, I just threw some sample pots I used to test out blue cabinets in the kitchen (no!) and some acrylic paints I had around. So it ’twas a really flat finish, and I kind of liked it but you know that would chip off in 30 seconds with kids around so I sprayed a few coats of matte clear coat and called it good.

I’m a little sad I didn’t put a noise maker in it that said “Moo” when you sit on it.

Next time.


  1. Absolutely love the blue color – it’s so soothing. I like the contrast between the soothing blue and the fun & wacky cow print. I give it a two thumbs up (or would that be two hooves?).

  2. I love it! I’d love for you to link this up today (or anytime this weekend) at One Creative Weekend (

  3. very fun and fresh! fyi…for some reason my google reader is not receiving your feed. not sure if I’m the only one, but just in case, thought you’d want to know.

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