I love a good makeover – especially if it’s easy and cheap. Therefore, this little thrift store bench makeover that I just did has my heart.
It’s the first Sunday of the month, which means that I am teaming up with some blogger friends to bring you all sorts of inspiration. This month, the theme was Thrift Store Finds. At the end of this post, you will find everything from how to style your thrift store finds to how to makeover those diamonds in the rough. Be sure to check them out!
My parents both love to shop garage sales and estate sales. They often text me pictures of things that they have found that they think I may like, and I have scored some pretty sweet pieces this way. 😉
When they sent me a picture of this bench they found at an auction a few months ago and asked if I was interested, I said, “Yes!” And they got it for $10!
I thought it would be nice to have at the end of our bed, and I knew it would be a pretty simple makeover. Fortunately, I was right on both counts.
Thrift Store Bench Makeover
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Step 1 – Sand
I decided to use chalk paint for this project, as I wanted to distress it a bit, and chalk paint is incredibly easy to distress.
Chalk paint claims to be “no prep,” as in, you shouldn’t need to do anything to the surface before painting. However, I find that it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if you don’t have a lot of extra time. So, I chose to lightly sand the surface of my bench to begin with.
(I usually prep for painting by using Klean Strip deglosser, which I love. It’s a liquid sander that is so easy to use. But I discovered as I was getting ready to start that we were out of it. So, a regular old sanding block it was.)
After sanding, I wiped it down well to remove all the dust.
Step 2 – Paint
As I said, I used chalk paint for this project. You can find it at most any hardware store.
I used my favorite Purdy paint brush and got to work.
Two coats was all it needed.
Step 3 – Distress
Once the paint was dry, I distressed it a bit. Distressing painted furniture is really easy. Just take some sandpaper – moderate grit – and start sanding the paint off. Focus on the edges and the corners, which is where a piece of furniture would naturally become distressed.
The great thing about distressing furniture is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, and you can do as much or as little as you would like.
I distressed most of the edges and lightly sanded the flat surfaces a bit.
Step 4 – Seal
When I was finished distressing, I wiped it down again to prepare for the sealant. I used Minwax Polycrylic protective finish, semi-gloss.
A lot of people suggest using wax to finish off chalk paint, but I prefer polycrylic, as it is much more durable.
(I used the exact process outlined above to redo a small cabinet a few years ago that we have used as a toy cabinet for the kids ever since. It has held up amazingly well, despite the daily abuse it incurs from the kids. So, if you are looking for longevity and durability, I highly recommend polycrylic.)
Following the directions outlined on the can, I gave the bench two coats, and it was done!
Such a simple process with a big impact.
I think it looks great at the foot of our bed, and if you look closely, you can see one of my many “helpers” – always close by.
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