Originally, this was a wooden dining seat bench that was part of a dining table set I bought. I sold the set in 2011 when I refinished an antique table. There were chairs, and this wooden bench seat. Before I sold the set, my daughter Jamie had the bench. For years, she used it in her guest room to hold plants in front of the window. On a recent visit to Nashville, she sent the wooden bench home with me.
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Wooden Bench Seat
It's a nice bench, in good shape I guess for it's 17 years! If you look closely, you may be able to make out a capitol E on the right hand side. It looks like my grandson tried to scratch his name in the bench.
How to Give a Wood Bench Seat a Makeover
Sand Rough Places
In order to get a smooth surface for painting, I used an orbital sander to remove scratches and such.
Do you see Lulu's cute little shadow?
Clean And Degloss
After sanding, I reached for my deglosser and a chip brush to clean the project. It's really easy to use, brush it on and wipe it off. If a piece is extremely grimy, you can use a scrubbing pad before wiping. All this to say, you must get the finish ready to accept paint.
The legs didn't have any scratches, only a few nicks of white paint. So, I only wiped the legs clean and scrubbed the specks of paint off.
After flipping the wooden bench seat back upright, I took some time to admire the finish on the legs. Should I paint them? I decided to paint only the bench seat, and then decide.
Paint Wooden Bench Seat
All In One Paint (Bone) was my chosen color. My tools were a foam roller, chip brush and a Styrofoam plate. This was going to be an easy wooden bench seat makeover!
Patience is a virtue, right? To get the best finish, you need to be patient, and do several light coats of paint. The roller makes it quick and easy, and light coats dry really nice and fast.
Before applying the second coat of paint, I used brown craft paper to sort of sand the first coat. I think it makes the next couple of coats go on really smooth.
This is after the second coat. I did end up putting one more light coat on the bench for good measure.
Refresh Wood with Gel Stain
I bet you didn't see this coming, did you? After I decided NOT to paint the base of the indoor wooden bench I thought the white seat would look better with a darker base. Using gel stain for this application is perfect. Have you ever used gel stain over an existing stained/finished wood surface? I've only done it a handful of times, but I find that it is so much easier than refinishing wood!
The leg in the background already has the gel stain applied. It darkens it "just" enough, don't you think?
I absolutely love the new look of the wooden bench seat.
Where can you use a wooden bench seat?
- Put a small narrow bench in the foyer or entryway
- A bench is perfect for extra seating at the kitchen or dining table.
- Use a wooden bench at the end of the bed for putting on shoes and socks
- This bench was originally used for plants near a sunny window
- For extra seating a wooden bench can double as a coffee table in the living room
In short, where can't you use a wooden bench seat? It might be one of the handiest pieces of furniture you can add to your home.
End of Bed Wooden Bench
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.