Years ago, I was given a bench that was my grandmother’s. It had a gold base and a floral needlepoint seat cushion. It was dated and in desperate need of a makeover. When we moved to our home in Florida, we wanted to update it. So, I removed the needlepoint fabric and painted the frame a glossy white. Then, I replaced the dark needlepoint design with a light aqua fabric to go with our color scheme. The upcycled bench and framed needlepoint project looks awesome! It goes really well with our décor and colors in our current home.
We were really happy with the end result of this DIY project. Both of us enjoy finding ways to give new life to something that someone else may donate or even throw out. It is especially nice to do with items that have sentimental value.
But what to do with the needlepoint? My mom took several of the needlepoint projects my grandmother had made and placed them in matted frames and grouped them together. The result was a fresh and new way to enjoy vintage needlepoint designs. Using her idea, I framed the floral needlepoint from the bench and placed it in our craft room. It turned out great and was a contemporary way to enjoy a traditional craft style.
Both the upcycled bench and framed needlepoint projects only cost a total of about $30 in supplies. For the bench, I spent about $5 on spray paint from the home improvement center and $5 for the fabric from the remnant bin at the craft store. A new frame with a mat would cost over $100 for the large size we needed (33” x 25”). Tim came up with an excellent alternative. He went to a discount store and found a picture in the size we needed with a black frame and double white mat. The price was only $20.00! It is easy to find a frame this way and it doesn’t matter what the photo looks like, because you will be covering it up with the needlepoint.
How to Frame A Needlepoint or Fabric Design
Separate the backboard of the frame by removing the staples or nails holding it to the frame. Trim to fit if necessary.
Lay out the needlepoint or fabric on top of the backboard and place the mat on top to center the needlepoint. Check that it is centered on the mat using a ruler or tape measure.
You only need a couple of inches to go under the mat on each side. Trim the needlepoint or fabric if necessary.
Staple the needlepoint to the backboard all around every 2-3” making sure it doesn’t move or slide. Also, be sure to flatten out the fabric so it lies down correctly.
Use a lint roller to remove any debris from the needlepoint or fabric and clean the inside of the glass.
Now it is time to assemble. Place the backboard with the needlepoint into the frame and carefully secure it with a staple gun or small picture frame nails. Usually 2-3 staples per side should be sufficient. Use more if you have a larger frame.
You will enjoy the results of this upcycled bench and framed needlepoint project for years to come!