From Ugly Red Bench to Farmhouse Chic

I'm really excited to share this post with you today.  This little bench has come along way from where it started from!

I bought this little bench at a local estate sale.  As soon as I saw it off in the corner, I ran over (yes, I actually ran) and grabbed it.  It was like a toddler who spies a toy they can't wait to get their little mitts on!  I had a vision for this little bench and it turned out even better than I envisioned!

Here's the little bench that could before.

You can see this little bench was beaten up quite a bit.  I feel like I rescued this cute little thing!

My first step in project give the red bench a new look, was a few coats of paint.  The red was cute and all, but it had seen better days.  Plus it didn't jive with the vision I had for little red.

I started with a coat of Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey.

While the Paris Grey paint dried, I got to sanding!  

This little bench had not just one coat of paint, but two.  It took a lot of sanding to bring the wood back to life.  I couldn't get all the paint out of the gouges and deep scratches, but that was fine with me.  The leftover bits of paint went with my vision for this little bench.

When I was finished sanding I conditioned the wood with a Pre-Stain wood conditioner by Minwax.

Here's a picture of the can just in case you want to try this product.  I use this on anything I'm going to stain, especially on old, dry wood.

My next step was staining.  I stained the top with a dark walnut gel stain, also by Minwax.  A few days later, I waxed the top with dark wax.

I finished off the paint by painting two coats of Pure White Chalk Paint™ on top of the Paris Grey.  Then I sealed the paint with Clear wax.  My last step was to distress the bench with 120 grit sandpaper.

And drum roll please.....

Here's the little red bench that could with it's new look!

OK, can you believe the transformation?!!

Here's the top.  I adore the character...all the gouges and knicks are beautiful.

I'm so glad I kept the 'flaws' as is.  I'd love to hear the story this little bench has to tell.

This little red bench that could isn't going anywhere.  It has a special place in my dining room underneath the window.  The bench seems happy there :-)  I'm glad I rescued it from it's ugly red paint, now it's a beauty.

Thank you for reading!


  1. This is so adorable, it looks like it belongs in an old schoolhouse! :D

    1. Thank you Mary!! I agree! I love it in my dining room under the window. It makes me smile every time I see it!

  2. that little bench is PERFECTION! I love the layers you did and the top looks just perfect.
    I don't think you should part with it either. Its just too dang cute.

    1. Thank you Karin!!! I don't think I can part with this one, not for awhile at least!

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