It has been an especially harsh Northeast winter and many of my usual thrifting haunts have been light on stock especially when it comes to furniture pieces. Despite this, I certainly don’t mind the thrill of the hunt. You never know when you will find something unique. On such a trip, I came across an interesting kids bench (At least that’s what I think it was!) at a local Goodwill store. It appeared to be a surfboard and the painted design was hideous! Despite all of the negatives with this piece, I felt this would be a fun redesign, and I loved the detachable legs. This feature made the legs easier to paint. Nothing conjures up images of summer like a surfboard, and that is just the kind of project I needed!
I cleaned the entire piece with a Magic Eraser. It had an unidentifiable sticky substance all over it and the Eraser worked well to remove it. I used a white spray primer to cover the brightly colored design. I was planning on using a fabric decoupage, but felt the bright colors may bleed through the fabric. Using a primer first prevents this, and gives me a clean slate to work with. Once the primer dried, I used a foam craft brush to apply Mod Podge to the bench surface.
My daughter and I stopped by the craft store and I let her look through the aisle filled with different character fabrics. She seemed to like this Hello Kitty print and I happily obliged, being a Ms. Hello Kitty fan myself. When I was young the local mall had a store called Sanrio and they sold Hello Kitty and all her “friends” merchandise. It was one of my favorite stores to visit in the mall. I bought a half yard, and roughly traced the fabric to cover the table surface. Once the Mod Podge dries, any excess fabric left over around the edges and handles I trim with a box cutting knife. The glue stiffens the fabric and makes it easier to cut. I placed the fabric down on the Mod Podge soaked surface carefully smoothing out any wrinkles with my hands.
I placed it aside to dry, eventually I would add a total of three full coats of Mod Podge on the fabric table surface. I painted the legs with two coats of pink and white acrylic paint. Once the legs were dry I covered them in a Mod Podge layer. I then reassembled the table legs by screwing them easily back in to place.
My daughter loves sitting on it. It looks great in her room and it is a nice piece of kids furniture to use while helping her get dressed for her day.
Hello Kitty Girls Surfboard Bench
Before and After