A Little Bench Makeover

Before I left Birmingham, I hit a sale at the Catholic Rummage Sale in Homewood and found a cute $10 bench that I couldn’t pass up.  I always found some good stuff at their rummage sale, so if you’re in Birmingham, be sure to look it up on the 4th of July.  I had kept this old bench and had plans to use it somewhere, so I finally got around to giving her a makeover.

bench before

Here she is in her Before state.  Cute, but definitely needing some sprucing up.  That old gold velvet has seen better days. You can see the veneer is gone on the side.  But, I’m painting it so that doesn’t matter.

under bench

I turned it over and took off the seat.

top off bench

Ready to recover.

striped green fabric

I am making a couple of pillows for my bed out of this striped fabric, so for now I used some of it since I already have it, but I may change it out later for something not striped, since this is going to sit on my striped rug.

corners stapled

Using an electric stapler and this method, turn the corners under and staple all the way around.

stapled cover

That’s it!  Stapled and ready to put back on after painting the base of the bench.

Annie Sloan Old White

I painted the base with 2 coats of my Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint and left some of the brown showing through on the legs.

Bench After

Added the seat back on and how cute is it now?  A far cry from the original.  All it needed was new paint and fabric.

Bench legs

I love those legs, so cute!

bench by bed

I did get out my clear wax and a little bit of dark wax (Annie Sloan) and gave it a quick coat of wax, rubbing it in and letting it dry and now it’s sitting at the end of my bed.


I’m still not a wax expert, but once you rub it all over the paint, let it dry and then go back and buff it with a soft cotton rag to bring out the sheen.


I didn’t spend a lot of time waxing and rubbing, but I’m happy with how it came out.

It’s a cute updated piece at the end of my bed for now.

Do you have something that needs a new paint job and maybe some new fabric? Think of the possibilities!

Today, I’m posting over at My Way Home, Wayfair’s blog about organizing a pretty office and I’m happy to say, I’m a brand new contributor over there and will be sharing posts once a month, all about sprucing up the home. 

Joining Linda’s Nifty Thrifty party today!

- Rhoda


  1. Lovely fabric, and looks like more than $10 worth! The two different stripes look well together (cushion and rug) too.

  2. Great price! Your bench has such pretty lines and they show up nicely with your paint touches…the fabric is so pretty!

  3. I did a little bench just like yours recently. The legs on yours are much prettier. I haven’t added wax or some stain over the paint yet, can’t decide how I want to do it yet?

    Great post! I wish I would get my stuff together and start documenting my projects. You make it look so fun to blog…


  4. What a fun and simple make-over! You’ve inspired me to do a chalkpaint transformation or two!
    Cathy @ Room Rx

  5. Love it! I would love for you to show photos of a wax process. Probably sounds simple to you….I just haven’t ever waxed anything…..other than my eyebrows and mustache!

  6. Super cute makeover!!

  7. Thanks for reminding me that little projects don’t have to be overwhelming! And congrats on becoming part of Wayfair’s blog team!

  8. What a pretty bench! I am sitting on a similar one as I type this. My sister and I were just talking about trying ASCP last week, and Old White is the color I chose!!! So glad to have it pop up here in your post, Rhoda. Guess this little bench will be getting a facelift soon. Thanks so much. I LOVE your blog.

  9. How cute!! I’m in the market for a piano bench and this post helps me remember to not overlook anything that may just need a coat of paint and new fabric. I also like that you went ahead and used fabric you have so you can start using the bench, rather than waiting for the perfect fabric to come along! I have so many un-started projects because I’m waiting for the right fabric.

  10. I did a little table recently in ASCP’s Florence, it too had legs like your little bench. Too cute! Still love your blog Rhoda!

  11. Nicely updated

  12. Perfect little touch. Love the bench. What would we do without little projects. Lovely.

  13. Your bench looks so cute!! I love the colors. Your home is truly amazing. You worked so hard , and it’s so beautiful!!


  14. I have your blog in my favorites but I am having a problem it does not go to the new post and I hit the home button and I still do not see your new post I have to go to the archives to get it. I do not know if other people are having a hard time too.

    • Hi, Angela, I am getting some comments about that, so I don’t know why that is happening. I have no idea how to fix it either! I’m hoping this glitch will go away.

  15. Such a cute transformation! Love it!

  16. Looks great – such a difference! I need to hurry up and try chalk paint, already 🙂

  17. Rhoda, love the little bench.

    On another subject, I’m having my kitchen island changed from doors to drawers and I plan on painting it when I’m finished. I want to use your beadboard wallpaper on the sides and back and will order from you. I live close-by in Cumming and would love to see if I could pick it up from you rather than having it shipped. I can’t find an e-mail address for you to contact you directly.

  18. Very cut makeover! Well done 🙂

  19. She’s got great legs and you have GREAT taste!! Well done!

  20. I love doing benches! So easy! I actually like the two stripes together.

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