Lately I have been fascinated with do-it-yourself photo props and backdrops. Since I dabble a bit in photography and have a couple of upcoming sessions, I thought I'd try my hand at a few of my own photo props.
Flickr is full of gorgeous photos of babies asleep in doll-sized beds, and they are darling! I wondered how hard it would be to make my own. But I thought, for practicality's sake, it should probably be something that I'll use for purposes other than photography. So I built a bench that is Olivia-sized!
If I had found this awesome plan before beginning my bench I may have considered it... but then it would probably just sit in the garage between photo shoots. As it turns out, my little bench cost me about $11 to make so I guess I can't complain. Maybe someday I'll still build that little bed. It's super cute.
I started with a section of border fencing I found at Big Lots for $6. I liked the cute detail on it and thought it would work well for the back of my bench.
I used some scraps I had laying around for the basic structure (thank goodness for the chop saw and the nail gun!) and built the frame. I had to buy the wood for the slats which cost me another $5. A few cuts, screws, nails and wood glue later and I had this.
After filling in the holes and sanding everything down, I painted it white. I thought about using the paint I had leftover from the play kitchen. But I decided the bench would be more versatile if I left it white.
I sewed together a little seat cushion from some fabric I already had. And for a final touch of cuteness, I made a super fun and frilly accent pillow out of old t-shirts (I love re-using stuff!!).