DIYs, Home Decor

Thrifted 90’s Wood Bench Makeover

I have been flipping furniture for a few years now and this makeover has to be one of my top 5 furniture flips! This poor bench was so neglected, dirty, beat up and, just simply, outdated. The moment i saw it on Facebook Marketplace I knew I had to buy it and give it new life.

It is now beautiful, fresh, and so darling.

You can watch the full transformation here ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡, or you can read the steps below. I also have tons of other furniture flips and DIY Home Decor on my YouTube Channel.

Today’s blog post is in collaboration with some amazing and talented ladies. They are as obsessed as i am about thrifting and upcycling. At the bottom of this post you’ll find more information about them well as the link to their post. Make sure to head on over to them and get inspired!

The first thing I had to do was remove the upper back board with the 90s hearts and replace it with a simple 1×4 board for a more modern look.

I then shop vacuumed it and cleaned it very, very well. Sanded it down a bit with my orbital sander and a 150 grit sandpaper. I dusted it very well and gave it one FULL coat of Shellac. This will help prevent any bleed-through after the white paint is applied.

Once the Shellac was dry, I gave it one coat of Killz, stain-blocking primer and let that dry completely.

Once the primer was dry I added two coats of chalk paint from Mango Paint. I distressed the edges of the bench with my orbital sander and 150 grit sandpaper, for a more farmhouse look.

I then added a French stencil to the front with Dark gray chalk paint. You can find this and other reusable stencils on my Amazon Store. I sealed the stencil with a spray top coat and then sealed the entire bench with Verathane Polyurethane in Crystal Clear. I added two coats of the sealer.

I staged it with a Summer wreath and that’s it! This 90s, neglected, beat-up and dirty bench is now fresh, clean and absolutely beautiful. It will soon be posted on Facebook Marketplace once again in search of a new forever home!

Alright…..Here are the lovely and talented ladies that will have you running to the thrift store! Enjoy!

Brooke – Looking for a way to repurpose an old clock case? Brooke has you covered! Check it out! https://thejunkparlor.com/repurposing-an-empty-clock-case

Hilary – Looking for a fun and easy DIY project? Iโ€™m sharing how to turn a candle stick holder into a bud vase! https://hprallandco.com/blog/how-to-make-a-candle-stick-holder-bud-vase

Lora – What can you do with a rusty, old cemetery cone? Hereโ€™s a death to life DIY project! https://lorabloomquist.com/upcycled-cemetery-cone-basket-diy/

Melanie – Is your old couch starting to show its age? Maybe the fabric is worn or stained, or maybe you just want a change of pace. Reupholstering a couch can be a great way to give it new life. Iโ€™m sharing with you how to reupholster a couch without removing the old fabric using a Pottery Barn throw blanket. https://www.southerncrushathome.com/how-to-reupholster-a-couch-without-removing-the-old-fabric

Dont forget to check out my YouTube Channel to get tons more inspiration!

Talk soon…..Lianep