Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

Before you hunker down for the winter, we still have a few nights left to enjoy the fall weather.

I finished making over a wooden bench for my porch just in time. Cast off on the side of the road, this sad wooden bench was destined for the trash.

See how I refurbished the bench—with a bit of sanding and a paint job—and gave it new life on my front porch.

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.comBefore & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

Abandoned in front of a house with a “free” sign taped to its front, this sweet little bench sat waiting for me to scoop it up.

Its maroon paint was chipped and worn, but more in a neglected way than in the farmhouse style that’s so popular today.

Despite its shabby paint and scratched up surface, the bench was sturdy. No broken legs or wobbly parts. It just needed a little TLC and a fresh paint job.

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

Fixing this bench started with a lot of sanding. And more sanding. And taking a break when my hands hurt from all the sanding. And more sanding.

The boards that made up the seat of the bench were so scratched and worn that I would have had to sand them away completely for the scratches to fully disappear. So, I cheated and flipped them over so the scratched side faced down.

After all of the sanding, I slicked on two coats of a modern gray paint. (The paint was leftover from another project, so it didn’t cost me a dime.)

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.comBefore & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

This sweet little bench now lives on my front porch. It fits perfectly into a nook on the small porch, just as if it was meant to go there. Besides the practicality of adding seating, the bench also makes the spot feel much cozier. It invites you to take a seat and relax.

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover | redleafstyle.com

Sometimes it doesn’t take much—just a coat of paint—to transform a piece of furniture. Whether you’re an old pro at redoing furniture or you’ve never done it before, I want to invite you to pick up that paintbrush.

If you’re working on a cheap dresser you found at a garage sale or an old end table that you don’t like any more, what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t like the new paint color, just paint it again.

It’s pretty rewarding to give something new life, especially if you really enjoy it once the project is complete. Happy painting!


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