Shannon Berrey

How to build a slipcovered bench

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I tried to search for an end of the bed bench for the girls room I installed last week. I had hoped to find an old one that I could give a little love to, but it wasn't happening. I knew I would need to reupholster anything I found because I wanted a soft 'certain' shade of pink. After finding a few new ones, adding the price of new fabric and the whole makeover, it was soo pricey and we were on a tight budget. I decided that making one would be the most affordable option and it would be exactly the size and style we wanted.   


48"x 16"x 20"tall Bench:

2 48” 1x4’s

2 14” 1x4’s

4 legs

4 table leg top plate attachments

48” x 16” plywood

48’ x 16” foam

Batting and lining

4 4” square scrap wood pieces {optional}


Electric stapler

Spray adhesive

Primer & paint


  We had all of the wood {combo of MDF and pine} 1 x 4's left over from other projects. Nail all the sides together.  

Glue and then nail one 3" square of wood in each corner, lining it up level with the top {or really the 'bottom'}. This allowed the leg to be attached. I could have attached the legs to the plywood top, but I wanted more of the decorative part of the leg to show.  



Flip it over and attach the 16" x 48" piece of plywood with a power nailer around the edge.



Spray the top of plywood and the bottom of the foam with spray adhesive and lay it on top of the plywood. 





Stretching it tight, Cover the foam with batting and attach by stapling around the bottom. Then cover the batting with a piece of lining/muslin/sheet {whatever you have}. Attach it the same way. The extra piece of lining isn't necessary it just adds an extra smoothness and makes it a bit easier to remove the slipcover.



Cut the bulky fabric that is left in the corners close to the staples. Then flip it over and admire your work.



 I cut off the top 2 1/4" from each leg. I redrilled a new hole to allow the top plate to attach. {My Lowes only sold 2 sizes of legs and so I needed to improvise a bit}


Prime and paint the legs with several coats of paint. 


Attach a table plate to each corner with the 4 screws it came with. I wanted my legs to be as close to the edge as possible.



Screw the legs on. Bench is done! Now to make it pretty.



Using a pink duck canvas and a 1/2" seam allowance, cut out the pieces. Sew all side pieces together along the short side edges, right sides facing. Attach the side 'piece' to the top {right sides together} and sew. Iron a 2" seam allowance along the bottom edge. Flip it inside out and press seams.  



To add a little embellishment, I added a 1 1/2" pink ribbon to the top. I ironed HeatnBond to the back of the ribbon. I penciled a line 4" from the seam on top. This was my guideline to follow to iron on the ribbon. In each corner, tuck and miter the ribbon and press. End the ribbon in the tuck of 1 corner. 






Tween room reveal

Monday, December 10, 2012

I only had my iphone, but I promised you some pictures of Fridays install so let's start with the before:



And now feast your eyes on some tween goodness:




I love stripes. I simply do not tire of them horizontally, vertically, chevronny...they are the perfect backdrop in a kids room. My 9 year old client only had one request--make it orange and pink, and I always gives whats my clients wants. Well, unless they want to use their favorite jumpsuit fabric to recover their sofa and to make new drapes.  


there are some boundaries

where were we? oh yeah



 If you remember, I wrote about the transformation of the side tables here. There are still a few more things that need to be added, but we are 90% complete. I'll have more photos and details soon.

Have a room you want prettied up--email me!   


MyColor inspired by Pantone's painting party

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Welcome!! I am so glad you are here! It's an exciting day as MyColor inspired by Pantone is launching a little par-tay and some great bloggers are sharing the projects that they have all completed using the paint. Make sure you visit all the other blogs to see the other projects: 



  1. Kristen @ Kristen F. Davis Designs *Go Back to the Beginning!*
  2. Julie @ Belle Maison
  3. Denise @ Pink Postcard
  4. Shannon @ Shannon Berrey Design Blog *You Are Here!*


{and just a little side note -- my friend Kristen just happens to be THE face and blogger of the line! Her pretty face is all over it! How cool is that??} 

Wondering just what Pantone is?? Glad you asked. Read on..

 In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system of identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.

If the thought of selecting the perfect purple or the best blue from the 100's of paint chips in your paint store is terrifying, then you will love this line! The colors are carefully selected and pre-mixed and come in clear 35-oz containers that are perfect for small projects. They have ultra low VOC so I didn't even detect an odor while I was painting.




This was my first time using the paint and since I paint alot, I am always excited to try new products. I decided to give it a go on a pair of antique tables that I bought to use in a clients bedroom.



This was the picture that I sent to my client, who is 9 by the way, and her mother, for approval. We are giving her a new bedroom and I thought these would be perfect bedside tables. They agreed. Fyi--they look way better in the picture than they did in real life. Nothings worse than a bad distressed paint job and these were toting just that. The paint had even been slapped on the pretty brass hardware. sigh.



I removed the hardware and sanded most of the paint off with a palm sander. Since the paint is self priming, I got to skip a step and covered them with Seed Pearl which is a really nice warm white with just a touch of gray.


My clients only request -- she wanted a pink and orange color scheme {a girl after my own heart :) } After the Seed Pearl was dry, I opened up my Scarlet and Carrot. 



This paint is thick and dries super fast. 




Using frog tape, I created about a 1 1/4" border {give or take - I eyeballed it}. I used the Carrot to fill in the border. 



Then I added just a touch of Scarlet to accent the legs. 


{after one coat}


I used more frog tape to create a chevron design on the drawer front. While that dried, I scraped off the original paint on the hardware with a wire brush.



Just for fun, I added a touch of Carrot to the top edge of the drawer. I love this simple little detail! 



 If you are regular reader of my blog, you probably recognize this as my daughters room. We are still painting my clients room so I couldn't get any pictures of the bedside tables in their 'forever home' so I let them pose in Maris' room for some 'after' shots.   







Need a great room of your me!!! 

 If you’d like a chance to win 3 samples of MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® for your own project, here's how:

1) Leave a comment below and share how you’d use it in a project. I will pick my winner on Friday {10/13) and I'll send you 3 colors of your choice. 

2) Leave a comment on the other blogs in the party too – they’ll all be giving away samples.

3) Tweet your project ideas to @MyColorPaints using hashtag #PassItOn.

4) Check out and like the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Facebook page to get access to the schedule for today’s parties as well as the rest of the parties going on this month. Share your project ideas there for one more chance to win.


 Contest closed -- Congrats to Grey!

MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® reached out to me to participate in the MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® Painting Party. My post represents my honest experience with MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint. I am not being paid for my answers, but I did receive MyColor™ inspired by Pantone® paint to use for this project.


A London lovely

Monday, July 30, 2012

Have you been watching the Olympics?? I am such a fan of all of it! Sports I have never watched before {bike racing, shooting and water polo}, I watch during the Olympics! I couldn't wait for the opening ceremonies and although it was very British and a little slow in spots, it had some great moments. And did you notice how many women were carrying their countries flag?! Even Iran!

And how great is it to watch the parents of the olympians watching their kids compete?? During a few of the events, they have cameras focused only on the parents of the child competing and it is so much fun to watch these incredibly invested, dedicated parents!! Having athletes of my own, I can't imagine how nerve wracking that must be. 

So, in honor of the host city, here is a beautiful London stone and stucco flat that Sarah Richardson gutted and then fully decorated.    

This lower level living room has fireplaces on each of its ends so dual sitting areas were created. It's hard to tell, but, soft buttery walls create the backdrop for the cherry and orange furniture and pillow palette.  

Because days can be very dreary in London, Sarah added color to every room of the 2500 sq ft home. The walls are soft green, yellow, light blue and pink. Very watery and pale, but just enough to illuminate the interior, even on the most overcast of days. 




 A very simple yet sophisticated kids room.

The kids bathroom wall is covered in beautiful pinwheel tiles in Ming green and Thassos marble. And the scale of the mirror is perfect over the gustavian dresser turned vanity.  

 What a lovely classic girls room with a soft lavender ceiling and pink toile duvet.

 Love the polka dot trim on the roman shade.

To see more of this London home, check out House and Home.

{via House and Home/ photographer Stacey Brandford}  .


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I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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