Thursday, July 21, 2011

It takes a village to refinish a bench...

Take a peek at the bench I picked up at Goodwill on Leetsdale. I paid $19.99 because I could see beyond the grandma fabric. Then I put it in the garage for about five months so I could test my husband's patience.

not cute

What the whaaat?
"Hey honey...this-a-here bench aint very sturdy...Imma put some boards and what not unner this bad boy."
"Well don't forget to shove some foam unner there for good mezure!"

"You read my mine Lerline!"

That entire dysfunctional mess had to go!
So I had Norbert, (yes his real name) my favorite wood cutter at The Home Depot cut a piece of wood for me. Norbert is the first one to help me out. Then I had my next door neighbor Matt cut out the notches so it would fit. (If John Krasinski and Ashton Kutcher had a baby it would look just like Matt...FYI) So he is the second helping hand.....

needed a little wood glue and some screws to hold this mess together...

...which is where Keys comes in to help....

Looking better already! Time to spray her up!

I used a dark primer first......
I went out on a limb with this green first inclination would be to spray this black...but I have a bajillion pieces of black furniture, and we must live in the dustiest cul de sac in America, because I can dust my giant black kitchen table, turn around, and alllll the dust comes back! So green=hidden dust! Right?

Gooooo Green!

Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!! Great job!

  2. Love the sage green color! Nicely done!

  3. Love the color,, love the bench!!

  4. Great post! Great color! You should submit this to the Better After website :-)

  5. Love the color you selected. And the part about testing your hubby's patience was hysterical. So true!

  6. I love green! This is so cute!


  7. Great job! Your husband must be pleased. It is done and he didn't have to do anything. You should do more of these projects. They always turn out so well. Ann

  8. P. S. Isn't it funny that I had the exact same bench in Connecticut and now they are both in Colorado?

  9. hahaha! your commentary cracks me up!

    loooove the bench - you did an amazing job!

  10. I love this, and now I think I need one. What color green did you use? I have an 8-leg table that would look awesome in that color.

    BTW, I have more friends to join in on an I <3 Thrifting day and we can't wait until next year. It was so much fun.


  11. Love this! What a great find, and a better renovation!

  12. Just found you (not sure how... you know, a favorite of a favorite....) and found this post about your husband's patience hysterical, too! (my husband goes, "what are you laughing about over there?!" - anyways - bench is BE-U-Tee-ful!! LOVE IT! And love anyone who is a thrifter and can see the potential in another's guy's junk! YOU GO GIRL!