DIY Furry Bench

Piano room

With the kids off at school, I am busy getting caught up on all my Lifestyled projects that have been waiting in the wings.  Good things are coming! In the meantime, I did this fun and fast little DIY I wanted to share. Parts of my house are stuck in the stuff-we’ve-had-since-we-got-married phase (like that rug, ugh). Slowly but surely we are updating into this century’s decor.

This room, the “piano room” as we call it, is for sure stuck in that phase of our lives.  I am gradually throwing things in there that are on trend that help me feel like I am moving in the right direction.  Also, I am convinced that a lot of my creativity stems from never wanting to sew anything…ever. This project literally took me 10 minutes. I hope this might inspire you to find a tired spot in your space and give it a new life!

Step #1. Go and get you one of these rugs from Target.  I got mine on sale even, BONUS!

fury bench tutorial, target, piano


Step #2:  Then getcha (like that word? It’s what happens when you live in TN!) four of these large safety pins.

Step #3: Now don’t over think this…place your rug on the top of your bench and start pinning up the corners like this…

When you put the flap down it will look like its wrapped around the corner of the bench.  The right side is the “before” the pin and the left is the after, just in case you are confused ;).

Step #5: Repeat step 4 all the way around your bench and now you have made a custom fuzzy bench cover in a matter of minutes!!  Fluff the “fur” around to hide your seams and you can’t tell one bit.

This does come with a warning however, be prepared for your family to give you the third degree….”Um…what IS that?”…”Why do we need THAT?”  Your answer is: We need it because it’s pretty and fluffy things make me happy.

Everyone should have some fluff in their lives. The end.


Hope you all are having a fabulously fluffy week! More tips coming soon, stay tuned.

Love LifeStyled!

Melissa xox


No Mudroom? No Problem! Solution: Board and Batten Wall

Hello Spring!  It’s official, this is the first week (insert fanfare chorus)! To celebrate I did something probably a little premature, but I did it nonetheless, in hopes of hurrying up the warmer weather which doesn’t make any sense. I put all the winter coats away, hooray!!!  I can now actually see the wall underneath all the coats! Hello, you beautiful board and batten!

My mom and I did this together all by ourselves, which was awesome, we love power tools and doing she-power projects like this. I found THIS wonderful tutorial and I followed it exactly, as you can see, from Censational Girl. If you need a good real-life application of a pinterest DIY, this is it and it literally took a day to put it up!  It was all to solve this little problem:  I have five kids and nowhere for all their stuff to dump after school.  I also, don’t have a good place in the garage or a designated “mudroom”.  I do have a hallway, right as they come into the house from the garage (not pictured, it’s behind me) and before they head up the stairs. I love how a useless hallway space can be transformed into something functional and beautiful.  My feature photo looks like what it would be if I didn’t have kids or what it could look like while I play house when all their jackets and backpacks are at school, but let me just say, it NEVER looks like that.

This is what it looked like literally an hour later (and when a teenager coming out of the bathroom realizes I am taking a picture)! I seriously don’t get dabbing.

Just also as a side note, this is the other side of the hall with my cute growth chart ruler which was a gift from my mom. Yes, she made it herself, she is amazing, and she is convinced my four-year-old son is going to be seven feet tall lol!

It’s a battle to make sure they don’t think its their personal closet with jackets over bags over jackets and shoes everywhere, so I am am happy to pretend with this pretty photo!  Spring challenge (weather permitting): put your snow stuff away and style a functional mudroom space, even if its somewhere unusual. I would love to see your ideas! Happy Spring and Happy Styling!

Styling sources:

Paint: Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl

Accessories:  Brown bag –, everything else is from Target including wreath and doormat.

Frames: TJ Maxx

Photos: Jenny Lind Photography


Love Life…STYLED!
xox Melissa