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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Cover Up

What's It Wednesday #121
This week I made a find that left me in a bit of a dilemma. I'd been wanting a small bench for my vanity. I could just see it all covered in white ruffles! (sigh)

Just one problem, this is what I found. A sweet little bench with an embroidered top that had seen better days.

A lid that lifts for storage,

And legs that were less than sexy. I could always paint it and recover the seat, but that was not the vision. Oh, and did I mention I can't sew a bit!

Never one to let a little thing like that crush my dreams, I found this sweet little communion dress at my local Goodwill...

See all those gorgeous ruffles? You see where I'm going with this?

I cut off the bodice and velcroed the waistband together. It makes the perfect no sew cover up!

So if you are in need of some soft, romantic ruffles, layered with crinoline for extra poof, look no further than your GW or thrift store.

That one time fancy dress can be used to cover a round inexpensive side table, add a pretty ruffle drop to a daybed, a curtain topper, or...

a bench cozy. The perfect cover up!
Hugs,
Patti

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84 comments:

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Adorable idea! I love improvising, that is so pretty! Thank you for hosting, ladies! ❤❤

Deanies Stash said...

Great idea and an easy one that can be used for other things. Thank you for hosting!

Babs R said...

Wow! Way to repurpose! LOVE it and how pretty your bench is now! Thanks for a great idea and for hosting.

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a perfect solution - looks so pretty !
Thanks so much for hosting - have a wonderful rest of the week ♥

Kathy Moreland said...

So pretty! Thanks for hosting!!

Shannon said...

What an awesome idea to repurpose the dress. I'll be looking at things differently now.

Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

Joy said...

Thank you for the party! I brought my Best Banana Bread today. I love what you did with the white ruffled dress! ♥ Have a great week!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a pretty way to repurpose a frilly dress! Such a lovely solution! Thanks so much for hosting, ladies. Have a great week!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks for the party!!

What a great idea!! I did this once with a pretty little girl's dress from a Thrift Shop and made a tree skirt out of it!!

Hugs,
Deb

SimpleLifeOf AFireWife said...

Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week!
-Emily

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

I love your bench cozy! Thanks for hosting this lovely party! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Now that's a cover up to be proud of!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

What a cute idea! That's definitely an original! I think you may have started a new trend!

JP said...

That's my kinda re-do...so-o easy! It's beautiful, Patti!
Thanks for hosting!
JP

Alessandra said...

What you made with these marvellous ruffles is just gorgeous! Clever idea and it looks so adorable.
Kisses
Alessandra

chateau chic said...

Thank you so much for the feature!!
Always appreciate you hosting each week.
Mary Alice

Julia Klimek said...

Thanks for the party Patti! I love the ruffles - great idea! :) Julia

BrocanteuseRose said...

What an AWESOME idea!! I love the ruffles and best of all NO SEW!!!

Muscetta said...

Great idea and it looks so beautiful. Thanks for hosting. Tina

Curtains in My Tree said...


You can sew since you used velco LOL

I love how we can re purpose anything and make it look glamorous

My frog came over for a visit this week

xoxo

Darrielle Tennenbaum said...

Thanks for hosting and for the feature of my aqua chair!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Thank you for the feature of my carrot sewing project!! So exciting! I have nothing to link up this week but just wanted to stop by anyway. I love your new sew table cover idea. It's so whimsical and pretty. Have a great day. ~ Jamie

Barbara said...

I LOVE IT!!! That is just what your bench needed, some pretty and feminine ruffles! A girl cannot go wrong with ruffles! Thank you so much for featuring my crostinis...what a sweet surprise!
Have a great week!
XO Barbara

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

WHat an amazing transformation! And SEW simple! LOL.

Great job... and very pretty.

Shelia said...

Oh, what a beautiful transformation! I love this and thank you for hosting your party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rhonda Vaudt said...

Thanks for hosting! Love your bench cover, ingenious idea to use a ruffled dress!

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

Genius solution!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

The tiered skirt for the bench was just waiting to join you displays. Looks wonderful. Thanks for hosting.
joy

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Great use of a GW find! I found a ruffled Target floor to ceiling curtain panel and used it for a shower curtain! Ruffles are always a welcome addition!
xoKathleen

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Well, I'm not sure what went wrong with my pic, but still glad to party with you. Thanks for hosting!

Kimberly Lewis said...

I love joining your party each week. Thanks for hosting. Please stop by and party with us. We would love to have you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
Lou Lou Girls

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great Idea!!
Thanks for hosting again this week.

White Lace and Promises said...

Funny. I found a bench at the Salvation Arm today. All you have to do is spray paint (easier with the legs), cut some fabric and staple with a heavy staple gun. I don't sew!

White Lace and Promises said...

I tried to link but my photo didn't show. Can you delete? I couldn't get it to delete.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thanks for hosting! Happy Week! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Tuula @ The Thrifty Rebel said...

That is so pretty. Thanks so much for hosting the party!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh now that is absolutely brilliant covering that old piano bench up and giving it a completely new life.

Well done, lovin' it!!

Nancy said...

Great minds think alike! lol I did this once to with a non ruffled skirt. Mine wasn't near as pretty as yours though! You are going to have a zillion bloggers out looking for ruffled dresses we can do this with now!
BEAUTIFUL!

Nancy

Diane said...

What a cute ruffled top for your bench. Lovely features and thanks for the party!

Dina Felicetti said...

Thank you for hosting, so many wonderful ideas. Have a great rest of the week.
Dina@KitchenDreaming

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Patti What a great idea! i have a round stool to my vanity I have always wanted to dress up..that is a wonderful idea! Thanks!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Wow, you and I have ruffled in common, I did our chair covers from a ruffled skirt. Love the look, and, oh by the way, have you "christened" it yet? Thanks for the feature.

Maria Elena said...

Love this idea. So pretty! Thank you for hosting!

Audrey said...

Love your cover-up ... what a great idea.
Thanks for hosting such a fun party.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Pondside said...

That's a gift - to see the possibilities. I love the pouffy little skirt for the table!

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Patti!
What a great idea.. It looks so pretty..

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the photo of your mirror! Gorgeous.

Alison Agnew said...

Oh that dress made the perfect vanity skirt! Love that you came up with it! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

Alison
Nancherrow

Sarah said...

Very clever! I'd say that is really thinking out of the box. It looks terrific!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Adorbs!! you had me at ruffles and crinolines...Can't believe you don't sew, you are so creative!

Carol

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

That bunny in a basket is just the sweetest thing since sugar!
Thanks for the party and for stopping by my blog!

Jennelise said...

Your little bench is lovely! Thankyou for the feature! Have a great week!
Jennelise

It's me said...

Love That bench....love your post ...!...enjoy the weekend love Ria...x!

Maureen Wyatt said...

Your bench looks adorable now! I used the ruffles from a cocktail dress to cover the legs on a little chair for my granddaughter. No sewing was required, just a staple gun and I glued some trim on to cover the staples. Total cost for me was $6.00.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh goodness, how clever you are Paula! I love the dress idea and now the vanity looks right out of Downton Abbey. Tks for popping in to visit while I was on vacation.
FABBY

Stephanie Paxman said...

Those ruffles are amazing!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

PATTI! Brilliant. In French we say, UN COUP DE GÉNIE! (A stroke of genius) I too have had my heart set on a ruffled bed skirt but more so lately, and more manageable, is a little ruffled skirt for a white iron bench in my covered patio. You have the perfect idea here....just use a ruffled skirt and I already have one!

Thank you dearest Patti for coming to visit my post. God bless you and give you and your family a lovely summer! School is almost out, and if I recall, you too are in education? ENJOY! Anita

Sally Somervill said...

I just discovered your blog. I love your creativity and the ruffles. Such a beautiful and romantic look. Lovey! Sally @cottagefix

Palomasea said...

So beautiful, dear Patti! Like you, I cannot sew one bit...so velcro is a friend to me! :))
Brilliant idea to use the ruffle dress....
Blessings and hugs,
- Irina

Katherines Corner said...

brilliant!!!! Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Your participation helps to make it extra special ♥

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Patti, what a beautiful idea. Those wonderful ruffles turned into a cover is outstanding and the pairing of it with the beautiful mirror and sconce is a sight to behold..Happy Sunday..Judy

Susan Newbigging said...

What an awesome idea. The dress made the perfect cover up.

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

What a great idea you had, the bench is really pretty! Thank you for sharing at the History & Home link party - Dawn, We Call It Junkin.com

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Love your ruffled bench cover! Brilliant idea to use a dress. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely week! ~Deborah

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Clever! LOVELY idea - I'm going to keep my eyes open now - beautiful! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Karen said...

Hi Patti,
I didn't realize that you hosted a party each week. I must link up this week. Unfortunately I am not as creative as you! I love the ruffled bench cover! It is absolutely gorgeous! I must look through the clothing at Goodwill. I always look at the linens but you are so very talented! Thank you for visiting me. Happy June! Karen

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

Too bad about the pretty petit point top...but, what a clever cover up! What a fun way to "change" things up. Thanks for sharing~~~

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing @ TTF @ Melissa's Antiques! Can't wait to come over and start paryin' with you!! :)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Love it! What a perfect way to soften the look of a not so pretty bench or table. I love the no sew idea. Thanks for sharing.

Katherines Corner said...
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Laura Silva said...

Such a clever idea to use an already ruffled piece of fabric! Such a quick and easy fix. Thanks for linking up to The Creative Exchange!

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti,
This is so pretty, and how clever of you to think of this. It's even more special with this being a communion dress and all. Your vanity area looks so elegant, and the white really adds a special touch. Great job!

love,
~Sheri

Patricia Krank said...

You are simply brilliant Patti! Your little table looks so fancy.
Thanks for hosting and blessings to you,
Patti

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

You did such a great job! Love your vision and execution!

Have a great day.
Pam

Jann Olson said...

What a great repurpose! Love it. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Victoria said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous! I don't sew either so I can relate:) Great improvising!

Maria Brittis said...

Patty
Another Fabulous Party!I just love all the photos you display in your parties they are so pretty and my favorite always
Maria

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Patty, what a beautiful makeover using the old piano bench. Lovely with ruffles and so romantic.
Great use of the pretty dress.
The John Thompson piano book gave ne a smile, I studied from that book as a child. LOL
It is a treasure, I no longer have but remember.

Hugs and Blessings!

Sarah Coller said...

Lovely idea! Way to be creative! :)

bj said...

oops.....came over to party but.....
no body home...??

Kimberly Lewis said...

Beautiful party! Thanks for hosting. I hope you have had a chance to stop by our party. We love having you. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
Happy Wednesday! Lou Lou Girls

Revi said...

What a clever solution! I'm not much of a seamstress, either. Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

The Charm of Home said...

Great idea! I have often wanted to try using an old wedding dress, but the price they want for out of style wedding dresses is too much. Love how your dress turned out!
Sherry

Kimberly Lewis said...

What a great idea! Pinned! Thanks for being a part of our party. We love when you stop by. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. http://loulougirls.blogspot.com
Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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