Monday, May 1, 2017

Bench makeover: Giving old furniture new life


Painting a piece of furniture remains one of my all-time favourite DIYs for a few reasons: it doesn’t take too long (unlike walls, ugh), it’s fun to pick a new colour, and it dramatically changes the piece.

It also feels indescribably good to give old furniture a new life. That was the case for my friend, Melissa, who had been handed down a wooden bench from her parents.



For less than the cost of buying a new (cheaply-made) bench at a big-box store, we totally refreshed this sturdy piece of furniture.

She and her husband just built a stunning farmhouse in Debert and wanted to use the bench in their mudroom, but not in its current condition. The dark wood and needle-pointed cushions must have been stylish 30-odd years ago when it was made, but it wasn’t going to work in their bright new home.

I set the bench up in our basement playroom one night —amidst a giant mess my daughter made that I ‘saved’ for her to tidy the next morning — and started on the first coat of paint.


Melissa and I had decided on Fusion Mineral Paint’s Buttermilk Cream, a nice soft yellow, and I think it only took two coats to cover the wood.

There was no question that the needlepoint cushions needed to go ...


Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home ...




Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home ...


Continue reading in my weekly DIY column, My Handmade Home ...

4 comments:

Virginia said...

Great makeover! look much more comfortable!

Short Presents said...

LOVE this makeover! You kill it everytime.

kartini jati said...

I like it. Saya dari kota jepara indonesia.. juga menjual berbagai macam produk furniture.

Matthew Tully said...

Great Job, I love to see people repurpose furniture.