DIY tufted upholstery tutorial using canvas drop cloth

Ever looked at Black and White Striped furniture and fell in love? Well me too! Here’s how to take a boring old bench and fix it up using a canvas painters drop cloth and some fabric paint. But first… inspiration… cred included.

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Black and White Striped Furniture

Here is the finished project!

Before Pic

Before Pic- cute lines but the fabric has seen better days!

First with gloves, screwdriver, and pliers. Remove the old layers of crusty fabric.

Like most old pieces, you will find layer upon layer of fabric, remove as much fabric and staples as possible. This piece had 3 previous fabrics underneath!

Remove old fabric with gloves, screwdriver, and pliers

Remove old fabric when upholstering

Canvas drop cloth and fabric paint

A canvas drop cloth is a great substitute for expensive fabrics. Especially since the burlap and linen look is so hot right now. This industrial grade canvas fits right in! Don’t buy anything with a weight lighter than 8oz.

Turn your piece over and start stapling in the middle of one side, then the other. Once the fabric is pulled evenly and tightly all the way around. Cut off any excess fabric. To finish the corners, pull and fold as if you are wrapping a present.

Canvas Drop Cloth Bench

After you’ve finished stapling the piece…you can stop there if you want but I really wanted to re-create the black and white stripe look!

Easy way to paint stripes with frog tape and a ruler

So an easy way to paint stripes furniture is with frog tape and a ruler. Figure out how wide you want each stripe to be and mark each accordingly and tape.

I used tulip fabric paint to paint the black stripes. WARNING! Don’t add water to fabric paint (I was being cheap and trying to cover more fabric with less paint and my perfectly measured stripes turned into ink blot stripes). Had I not ruined this bench by watering down the paint the black and canvas would have looked money! It’s okay. Keep reading…..I kept going and fixed my mistake.

watering down the fabric paint was a mistake!

Don’t water down fabric paint with painting stripes… will bleed!!!!!!

ink blot stripes

I was obviously very upset at stupid mistake but I didn’t want to trash all the hard work that I had done so I picked up some white acrylic paint and watered it down a bit and painted the alternate stripes white

Black and White Stipe Bench--DIY paint the fabric

Here is the finished result! I was pretty happy I was able to keep going.

Black and White painted bench

it’s not perfect by any means but it still looks great in my dining room!

After I ripped off the bottom cover I saw a bunch of holes already drilled ready to go for tufting! Since this was my first tufting project I figured I was in luck since the holes were already drilled out for me 🙂 If your piece doesn’t have holes drilled measure out the holes and drill them in desired place.

tufting holes

It was my rainbow after the storm. A pleasant surprise awaited me after I took the bottom off…it revealed perfectly measured and drilled holes for tufting!

Next you will need upholstery buttons, long 12-16 inch upholstery needles, a staple gun, thick string,  and gloves. I was able to find these salvaged upholstery buttons off ebay for a great deal!

Salvaged upholstery buttons

Found off ebay! I thought about trying to cover the buttons myself but found these cuties and liked the idea of not having them match. They are all different fabrics, textures and colors

Upholstery Needles

They sell these at most fabric stores for like $5-6. Bring a coupon and get 40% off!

First, I turned the bench right side up and arranged the buttons where they would be permanently placed. Next thread your long needle withstring (16-20inches in length)

Arrange the buttons where they will be permanently placed

Arrange the buttons where you want them

String the long needle with 16-20 inches

String the long needle with 16-20 inches

DIY tufting

leaving the bench right side up, string the needle and push through hole


As the needle start to come through make sure it comes up where you want the button placed. The needle can move around if it isn’t pushed through straight.


Continue to push the needle through. This is where gloves come in handy 🙂


Once the needle is through, thread the button and put the needle back through the same hole you used.

tufting tutorial

pull the needle back through

Cut excess thread

Cut excess thread making sure a minimum of 8 inches are left over to secure the button

Repeat the process with the remaining buttons!

tufting tutorial





Once you are finished threading all the button. Let all the strings hang and turn the bench over




wearing gloves, pull the button as tight as you can and staple in place. It helps if you stand on the area for extra padded tuft look


secure the button and staple


pull and staple again

tufting tutorial

and again securing string

tufting tutorial

continue with every button stapling 3 or 4 times until it’s secure.

tufting technique

Cut off excess thread

And Ta-Da! Your ugly crusty bench becomes a black and white striped masterpiece!



DIY tufting upholstery tutorial


DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

DIY tufting upholstery tutorial

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