Small Bench Makeover

I recently bought a few items from a guy emptying out his grandmother’s house.  He had a lot of stuff and he told me ‘Feel free to take what you want!’  I negotiated a good price and took home 2 dining chairs, nesting tables, a side table and a small bench.   My Corolla was packed…it’s amazing what I can get into that car!

I love seeing the potential in a piece of furniture. The small bench was well made and real wood.  It had a few scratches on it, an uncomfortable, ugly seat and it had ‘old house smell.’  At first I was going to paint it….but then I changed my mind. That happens a lot throughout the planning stages of  furniture refinishing!!  I had a cute floral fabric that would look great with a natural, wood base.

I sanded down the base and stained it in Special Walnut, sealing with hemp oil.   For the seat I added new foam and recovered it in the floral fabric.

Here’s the before:



And the after :




I just love the wood with the colourful fabric.  I’m happy I chose not to paint. Sometimes paint enhances a piece, especially if there are details and carvings in the wood.  But other times when the piece is made of good wood, simple is better.

Thanks for stopping by!  Til next time!


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  1. Pingback: Side tables | Pivot ~ Paint ~ Create

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