French Bench Makeover


Hi friends!  How’s your week going?  We had soccer practice #2 for the boys last night and it did not go very well.  For some reason their attention spans were like .02 seconds and they quickly wanted to do other things – play on the playground, play with nana’s phone, eat a snack, sit on the blanket…  (Sigh.)  We’ll try to practice with them at home so they’ll have some idea of what to do during their first game on Saturday- wish us luck!

Today I’m sharing a fabulous bench makeover with you which I originally posted at One Artsy Mama last month for my first contributor project.  I hope you like it!

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

I bought this bench, covered in dust and spiderwebs, at a yard sale about a year ago.  I knew I wanted to update the look but I just didn’t know how until a couple weeks ago.

I got excited and started dismantling it before I got a good “before” picture; here are two views and you can tell it was not a pretty sight with the fake leather top, yellow-orange wood, and the metal cowboy cutout panels.

BEFORE:  French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

Yee-haw.
BEFORE:  French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

First I unscrewed the seat and set it aside to reupholster later.  Then I removed the cowboy panels (I saved them though, because part of me thinks I can do something cool with them later).

I didn’t want huge open spaces on the sides (for visual interest and for sturdiness) so I had to figure out what to put in there instead…  then I remembered the huge collection of unused paint stirrers I had amassed from all the cans of paint I had ever bought – perfect!

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

I had just enough to fill both spaces; 7 stirrers each.  I tapped one little nail into each end and kept the little grooves at the bottom.  Here’s a peek from the other side:

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

When both ends were finished, I took it outside for some spray painting.  Here’s where things didn’t go exactly as planned…

When I bought my seat fabric at the craft store, I wanted to save time so I bought some generic black spray paint there instead of driving to the hardware store.  Big mistake.  The spray was uneven, the black was more like gray, and I used the entire can and didn’t even spray the whole bench.  It actually looked like something that had been in a house fire.

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

So I learned my lesson and ran over to Lowe’s to buy the good stuff.  I also got to test out my new Rustoleum Comfort Grip that I got at Haven recently.

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

This time went much better and I got a very smooth, black finish.  (So did some of my grass!)  Then I protected it with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray.

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

Next up was the seat.  I bought some French burlap from Joann’s with a postal theme.  I love anything French (and burlap) so it was a win-win for me!

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

I used my little staple gun from Hobby Lobby to reupholster the seat, making sure to fold the edges to prevent unraveling.

French Bench Makeover: An old yard sale bench gets new life with spray paint, burlap, and paint stirrers!  girlinthegarage.net

Then I screwed the seat back onto the bench and I could’ve really been finished at that point…  but it needed just a little bit more.  One decorating item that I love (and use whenever I have the chance) is upholstery tacks.  So I hammered a bunch around the bottom of the seat and I think it looks faaaaabulous now.

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What do you think – do you miss the cowboys?   😉

Jen

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  1. Carolyn Smith
    September 4, 2013 at 10:59 am (5 years ago)

    Thanks for the shout out, Jen! I love the fabric on your bench. Great choice!
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    • Jen
      September 5, 2013 at 5:49 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s so sweet! Thanks so much Meegan! 🙂

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  2. Cathy
    September 6, 2013 at 6:36 am (5 years ago)

    Using the paint sticks at the ends was genius! Great makeover and good to know that its not worth going cheap when buying spray paint!

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  3. Paula@SweetPea
    September 8, 2013 at 6:58 am (5 years ago)

    Most people definitely would have passed this by at a yard sale. You gave it a new life and it’s now beautiful.

    Don’t you love the comfort sprayer??
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    • Jen
      September 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks Paula! I actually almost did pass it by, and even after I got it home I thought to myself “Why did I buy this?!” LOL. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right inspiration! (And yes I love the comfort grip!)

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