UncategorizedKnocktober Fest: A World Market Inspired Kilim Bench October 23, 2013I was so excited when Lindsay from Makely School for Girls asked me to join her and 26 other amazing bloggers for Knocktoberfest. Remember my excitement? Well, it’s finally here! Yay! Welcome to those hopping over here from Just A Girl! Chris is so talented and I’m so honored to be following her! So glad you’re here! I love knock off projects. If you’ve been around here for a little while, you remember my Inspired Design Series of the summer. So, I was so excited when Lindsay asked me to do just that. Choose a favorite item from a home store and knock it off. I’ve been wanting a kilim bench for our mudroom/entryway for a while. This corner of the kitchen has been blank and in desperate need of some pretty and some function. These kilim benches have been floating around everywhere, but I really like the Asha Kilim Bench from World Market. I have kilim all around this house and y’all know I love it, but I love that this bench is striped and a bit different take on the popular pattern. So, I set out looking for materials to make my own. I considered making my own bench. Ana White has some great plans for them if you want to make your own and you could easily add an upholstered top to these benches. But I remembered seeing so many wood benches at different thrift stores, so I decided to hunt around first. I found this wood bench with metal supports at a local thrift store for $45. I loved the shape and metal detailing underneath and decided to go with it. Then, all I needed was batting and my fabric. Since I wanted a kilim look, I looked for a rug first. That seemed like the obvious choice since that’s how kilim benches are made! I had trouble finding one, though, and decided to rely on my trusty source: thrift stores. I came across this wool kilim/navajo blanket at a thrift store for $4.00. I loved the pattern, texture, and colors. I laid it down to get a picture and Gracie immediately laid down on it and started falling asleep. If it’s Gracie approved, it can stay! I was planning to buy batting to layer under this to give it a little cushion, but then I had an idea. I found this sleeping bag for $5.00 at the same thrift store. Yes, it’s Miley Cyrus. But guess what it’s filled with? Batting! And $5.00 is a great price for that much batting. We laid Miss Miley out first and laid the bench upside down on top. We trimmed the sleeping bag so that there was about three inches all the way around (this measurement would depend on the depth of your bench). Three inches allowed us to pull it tightly under the edge and staple it in. Using a staple gun, we attached the sleeping bag all the way around, pulling tight as we went. Then, it was time to add the pretty. We laid the blanket out on the ground with the bench on top and trimmed it just as we did with the sleeping bag. Then, we stapled it all the way around, pulling it as we went. We had to be careful on this part because if you pull it too far, you can get the pattern a bit off. With this stripe pattern, it was easier to keep a watch and make sure the pattern was staying straight and even. We folded the corners almost like a present and stapled them in. So, $55 and twenty minutes later, we had a brand new kilim bench ready to be styled! I love the pattern and the textured top. And I really love it paired with the wood and metal base. And it seriously was that easy. Go find yourself a thrift store blanket, a Miley Cyrus sleeping bag (wash both on a sanitizing cycle), and a bench that’s seen better days. With twenty minutes and a staple gun, you’ve got a fun, new bench. Now, the mudroom just needs some hooks and we’re ready to go. Loving my new kilim bench! Thanks for stopping by, y’all! Make sure you hop on over to the next blog on our little blog hop: The Inspired Room. I’ve read Melissa’s blog for a long time and know she has some great things up her sleeve!