Local Low Down: Bench Class at Spruce, Austin, TX

I wanted to take an upholstery workshop for years and what better place than at Austin's very own Spruce Upholstery, which runs classes in everything from headboards to lampshades, but what caught my eye was the bench class. Amanda Brown, owner, ran the class with the assistance of Katherine Baronet, production Sprucette. These woman are pros and it was awesome to see them masterfully demonstrate techniques. 

Spruce supplied all the tools we needed.

Spruce supplied all the tools we needed.

Tools make the job possible with scissors, safety goggles, pins, spray glue, staple removers, plyers, and my favorite the air compressor staple gun. Amanda pointed out that we will know the value of the air compressor if we had ever used a manual staple gun. She was sooooo right. It made the day's work much easier. So with that we were off!

Spruce pre-cut all the materials so we were ready to go with foam, wood base, and dacron upholstery wrap.

Spruce pre-cut all the materials so we were ready to go with foam, wood base, and dacron upholstery wrap.

My fabric ready to be cut

My fabric ready to be cut

Each student brought their own fabric. I chose a crushed velvet-y turquoise, which I wasn't sure would work! So I crossed my fingers and we got underway.

Amanda at the cutting table.

Amanda at the cutting table.

Amanda demonstrating how to turn the fabric at the corners.

Amanda demonstrating how to turn the fabric at the corners.

Adding buttons to the bench.

Adding buttons to the bench.

threading buttons.

threading buttons.

Bench in progress.

Bench in progress.

Amanda and me and the bench!

Amanda and me and the bench!

After applying the fabric I added buttons, the dust cover, and the legs. It is extremely satisfying to walk away with a newly upholstered bench! The final piece looks fabulous. I plan to use it in my studio for clients, though I love it so much I might have to put it in my bedroom to admire in my slumber. Thanks Spruce!!

Do you want to create something new for your home? Check out the Spruce Upholstery classes!

Final bench in J.Hannah Co. Studio.

Final bench in J.Hannah Co. Studio.

J.Hannah Co. Studio. 

J.Hannah Co. Studio.