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Skinny Bench Makeover

Estate sales are great places to pick up project furniture! Particularly if you wait to the last day, you can usually get a deal at 50% off or more! I picked up this cute little bench at an estate sale earlier this year. It had great detail on the wood, but the fabric was falling off the seat.

This little bench is unique because it has a storage space under the seat.

What would you store in this little space? The remote control? Snacks? Cash for the pizza guy? The possibilities are endless!

I removed the lid so I could strip the fabric off of the seat. It came off really easily since it was practically falling off.

After stripping off the fabric, I painted it with Rustoleum Milk Paint in the Highland Blue Color. I heavily distressed it and sealed it with Varathane Crystal Clear polyurethane in the Satin finish.

For the base, I painted it with two coats of the Rustoleum Milk Paint in the Highland Blue Color.

Distressing the piece really brought out the detail. I sealed it with the Varathane Crystal Clear Polyurethane in the Satin finish.

I added new foam to the seat and covered it with a really pretty floral fabric. I used fabric glue to secure the trim. I use straight pins to hold the trim in place until the glue dries.

I use Aleene's Tacky Glue to attach the trim.

The pins can be removed after 24 hours.

This turned out so cute (if I do say so myself!). This would be a great piece for a sunroom. You could tuck a couple of books in the seat to read while relaxing! I really think the paint and the distressing enhanced the detail in the wood. And the fabric is just so fun! Eventually I will get away from this milk paint color, but it has been selling so well, I just can't help but use it!

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