I've been wanting to add some extra seating to our kitchen table for a while and when I saw an ugly old padded bench at the thrift store a few months ago, I knew that it was the perfect size and scale to work with my kitchen table.
Making over a bench like this one is really easy. If you want a complete tutorial, you can read this post where I gave detailed directions on a previous project.
A quick summary is:
Remove the seat (it's held on with screws from underneath)
Clean, prime and paint the wood parts
Recover the seat
Reattach the seat
And if you can do it while sitting in front of one of these, all the better.
This time, I wanted to try something a little different and tuft the top of the seat because I love the look of a tufted chair. Let me show you how I did it. I don't know if I used the Tufting Institute (I made that up) approved tufting method. As usual, I just kind of figured out how I wanted it to look and how to make that happen.
Turn the seat over and pull the thread as tightly as you want your tufting to be. You're just eyeballing this until it looks right. You have both ends of the thread that you can secure by pulling them through a regular button and tying to secure.