Fall Home Show Upcycle Challenge

This year we were asked to participate in the Fall Home Show's Upcycle Challenge!  The purpose of this challenge is to promote sustainable and eco friendly decorating ideas, while raising awareness and money for Habitat for Humanity.  Needless to say we were excited to participate!

For this year's challenge we had to take an old door {that I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore}, and recreate it into something gorgeous and useful.  If you have not been to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore yet, I urge you to go - It's filled with treasures, both ready to use, and ready to be repurposed! 

We took our door and cut it down to create legs and a back for a cute little bench seat.  The seat, back supports, and stretcher {which stabilizes the legs} are all made from scrap wood we had hanging around the shop.  Great, right?

After a nice coat of black paint our door bench is looking much more like a bench.  We could have left it like this, but being a fabric, sewing, and upholstery studio we obviously had to add those three elements to this darling little piece to make it awesome!

Here it is all foamed up and ready for some fabric, pillows, and nailhead trim.

Looking much better now, wouldn't you say?  I selected a nice plush velvet for the seat, and very handsome plaid and houndstooth print fabric for the pillows.  The fabric was generously donated by one of our fabric suppliers, JF Fabrics, so a huge thanks to them!  Oh, and to add a nice little detail I decided to include a lovely dark pearl grey nailhead trim detail around the bottom of the seat.  We love how it all came together, don't you?

This bench will be featured online soon, and people will be asked to vote for their favourite door upcycle project {there will be several other people participating}, so we couldn't stop there - We had to style a pretty little photo in order to let this baby really shine!  Here are some sneak peeks...

Pretty, yes?  

And now, here is the Fall Home Show's Upcycle Challenge final photo of our repurposed door...

Ta da!!  What do you think?

Be sure to follow along with us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates regarding how to vote, how to win tickets to the Fall Home Show, and info about my presentation on the Main Stage, presented by HGTV at the Fall Home Show this coming October 6th!

A big, big, big thank you again to JF Fabrics for supplying the fabric for this bench and pillows.  The bench and pillows will be auctioned off at the Fall Home Show during October 3rd - 6th, all all of the money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity and help to provide a lovely affordable home for those in need.  Also thanks to the team at the Fall Home Show for asking us to participate, it was a really fun experience.  And last, but not least, thanks to you {in advance} for voting for us {we'd really appreciate it}!

Do you have a project we can help you with?  We'd love to hear from you!
We sell designer fabrics, sew custom home decor items, reupholster, and make new custom upholstered furniture.  Happily serving the Oakville, Burlington and Mississauga area.  Check out our website for more details at www.switchstudio.ca - We look forward to working with you!   

1 comment:

  1. Great project! Love the concept.
    Found your website and blog via article in Style at Home with your Christmas stocking. So excited to see from your etsy shop that you were in Oakville. You are on my lists of local vendors to check out!


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