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DIY Garden Bench Makeover Before and After

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This garden bench makeover can be achieved with just a little elbow grease and paint. It looks new again!

garden bench before makeover

Welcome to the September Furniture Refresh Challenge.

If you are not familiar with this, I get together once a month with the 5 lovely bloggers below  to bring you a refinished furniture piece.

We took the Summer off to spend time with our family, but we are back in full swing!

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DIY Garden Bench Makeover

If you have visited here before, you know how much I love to refinish furniture.

I especially love to take an old piece and give it new life.

That is certainly what I did with this poor garden bench given to me by my Dad.

Check out the before:

Furniture Refresh Garden Bench Makeover Our Crafty Mom

This garden bench was in rough shape and I am embarrassed to admit that I have had this sitting by my front door for close to two months-eek.

As I am now decorating the front for Fall, I figured I better get to it and show it some love. Check it out now:

Furniture Refresh Garden Bench Makeover Our Crafty Mom

So much better! The metal was in great shape but the color was very dull and once I painted the wood black I just wasn’t feeling it.  

I used my orbital sander to get off all the old finish on the wood.

Just taking that chipped paint off made such a difference.

I mixed up some Old Fashioned Milk Paint  in pitch black adding Extra Bond so it would adhere.

I gave it two coats of paint, then used Safecoat Acriglaze Matte Finish to protect it from the elements.

This really took no time at all and I don’t know why I procrastinated.

Here is a side by side so you can really see the difference:

Furniture Refresh Garden Bench Makeover Our Crafty Mom

Please be sure to check out the other bloggers participating.

It is always a treat to see what they share!

Below are the before pictures-wait until you see the afters!!

Just click on the link to see the completed projects.  Have a great day!

Furniture refresh Garden Bench Makeover Our Crafty Mom

  • Shelstring
  • C’mon, Get Crafty
  • A Purdy Little House
before and after garden bench

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Friday 20th of August 2021

Michelle, OUTSTANDING transformation!! Love it!!! Hugs, deb


Sunday 22nd of August 2021

Thanks so much Deb! I appreciate you taking the time to comment!


Wednesday 12th of October 2016

That looks amazing black~ ! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


Tuesday 11th of October 2016

What would we do without before and after pictures?! Great job, I just love the feeling of seeing a completed project :) #HomeMattersParty

Crystal Green

Tuesday 11th of October 2016

This bench does look brand new. I like the color you choose for sure. Thank you sharing it with us.


Sunday 9th of October 2016

It always amazes how much difference a few coats of fresh paint makes. The bench looks totally new now. #HomeMattersParty.

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