Tutorial Tuesday: Bench Makeover

If you haven’t visited a thrift store, you don’t know what you’re missing.

The deals.

Oh, the deals.

If you have the time to really look around, you can find amazing items.

Some good enough to take home and place right away.

Others need a little love.

Here is what my sister and I found at a thrift store in Mammoth:

(I can’t believe I haven’t learned my lesson about cleaning up the background before I take a picture!!!)

Okay, so it’s more like a make-up vanity seat, but its new use is a bench in my sister’s house, so that’s what I’m calling it.

Isn’t it beautiful?

Okay, the POTENTIAL is what makes it beautiful at this point.

And, the best part…….$5.

That’s right, $5!!!!

My sister spotted it first at the store, darn it! So, she took claim to it.

Here’s what we did:

Step One:

Remove the seat. There were just screws holding the seat in place.

Note: You can also do this process to almost ANY chair that has a removable seat. Hate your dining room chair cushions? Take them off and follow the steps below to cover them with a fabric you love.

Step 2:

Spray paint the ugly gold railing parts. We used good old reliable Rustoleum spray paint in glossy black.

Step 3:

While we were waiting for the paint to dry, we covered the old ruined velvet orange seat with some fabric. First, we ripped off the tassels hanging off.

Then I yelled asked my sister nicely why the iron was down….see it in the background?

After the iron incident (don’t worry, it wasn’t on….just water leaked out of it on my new cover!!), we took the new fabric and laid it out underneath the seat with the seat turned upside down on.

Using my trusty staple gun, we just stapled the fabric on, making sure to pull it tight around the seat and taking care at the corners to fold it nicely.

Step 4:

After the paint was dry, we screwed it back on to the railing part and…….wait for it…….


A side-by-side comparison for you:


This was a fun project to see the transformation!

I tried to convince my sister to let me keep it.

It didn’t work.

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18 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: Bench Makeover

  1. Debbie Barlow says:

    It is adorable! You must have learned a lot from your Mother.

  2. Tracy says:

    so cute, great find – and perfect scroll-y fabric for that scroll-y beauty!!! xoxo

  3. Wow, you have a great eye for “potential”. I would have walked past this without a secong glance. I am AMAZED at how beautiful it is now that you re-did it! Nice job!

    Thanks so much for linking to Transform Tuesday!!

  4. Kristin says:

    What a great transformation. I love the fabric that you picked.

  5. What an awesome $5 find…looks great…luv that fabric! Hop over and show her off at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYDS party…hope to see her there!


  6. Yay!! What a great deal for $5. The fabric you chose goes perfectly with the scrolling metal. 🙂

  7. Sandy says:

    Wow… that turned out so great!!! I need to go to the thrift stores now and look around… never know what gems you will find.
    Found you via link on Creations by Kara

  8. Crystal says:

    Wow what a fantastic find and a beautiful makeover! I love the black and the fabric is so fun.

  9. Donene Jones says:

    I love how you changed it! Very creative!
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  10. Chrissie says:

    I love how your bench turned out. I would want to keep it too!

  11. That’s so nice – and the price! If you buy those silly things new they’re about $30. Good for you.

  12. Diane says:

    I think you did an awesome job! I would want to keep it to. 😉
    Thanks for sharing at Paisley Passions! 🙂

  13. Kim says:

    I am your newest follower from Friendly Friday Follow. Hope you will stop by Day by Day Savings.


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  15. Amanda says:

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

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  16. Even in its heyday, I’m sure that little bench didn’t look anywhere near as wonderful as it does now! Way cool!

    Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me for one, or all three, of my parties each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  17. Lori S. says:

    LOVE the color choices you used! It looks GREAT! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week 🙂
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

  18. debbie says:

    That turned out fantastic….I would have wanted to keep it too.

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