My X-Bench Before & After (& How to Get The Look!)

January 18, 2010 Makeovers

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I’ve always loved the look of X benches so when I spotted a vintage pair at the Brimfield Antique Show a couple of years ago, I quickly snapped them up without thinking twice! Here is what they looked like when I got them:
The ugly pinkish-orange upholstery was dingy and dirty and the coiling inside was broken so when you sat on them you sunk down into the seat. Needless to say these needed an overhaul! I decided to re-cover them in a neutral yet textured fabric that was durable and I chose this cotton blend fabric called “burnish” from Calico Corners in a light linen color with a textured stripe pattern.

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Here’s the after shot. You can click on the photo to enlarge and see the detail of the fabric. I love how they look in my space and they’re great extra seating for when I’m entertaining. Below are some inspirational photos of X benches I’m loving as well as how you can get the look!

Braff-HB - james merrill

Room by Meg Braff as featured in House Beautiful. Photo by James Merill

Djimenez x bench 2

Room by David Jimenez

Eliz bauer x bench

Room by Elizabeth Bauer

Room as featured in Domino

J adler x bench

Room by Jonathan Adler


X-Bench from Ballard Designs, from $179

If you want to get the look, Ballard Designs offers this stylish x bench which is available in a wide array of fabric selections. They even have an option where you can send in your own material for a custom look. You can check it out here!

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Stacy @RedDoorHome


Your new x benches look great. Love them! Wish I had a pair.



so cute. you were so lucky to come across them at brimfield! i like the fabric choice, very classic and versatile. thanks for sharing nicole!



Oh, I love the fabric you chose! So perfect, I am torn between a classic texture like yours, or something crazy like those black and white ones, sooo haute!

Erika@BluLabel Bungalow


I love your style. The key trim on your drapes are classic and sophisticated. I can’t wait to see more of your home.



Funny, I was going to email you last week to ask where you got yours!!! Just my luck, they’re vintage. I like the Ballard ones, but they don’t hold a candle to yours.



the cuteness! good job!

Amelia Hill


Nicole I noticed these in a previous photo of your lounge room a while back. I love them. Have been looking for a pair for myself for some time. I’m in Australia. Did you do restoration yourself? I made tailored slipcovers for my lounge chairs which turned out well but Im thinking the cross section of stools looks tricky!

jessica hills


I love these benches! I am wondering about the entertainment center cover though, did you make that? I hope you will post about it if you did 🙂

walrus studio


I’ve been wanting a pair for a long time. The zebra ones are great!!

Marcos Menezes


Great idea. Your blog is such an inspiration. Well done.

Nefertiti Furniture


wooow, look nice

Chair and Sofa


so beautiful, we like

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