Bench Mark

Benches are an easy flip. You can find them at auctions, garage sales, and thrift stores. I've never found one on the side of the road, but I am sure that is possible as well! I picked up this one at an auction. It was pretty beaten up—the lid was banged up and missing some of the veneer.

I began by removing the lid (to upholster it). I filled in a few areas with wood putty, specifically where a few screws had been added around the top to reinforce it.



I painted the base black with Rustoleum Chalked Paint in the Charcoal color. Then I heavily distressed the base using a 60 grit sandpaper. I used Varathane Crystal Clear Polyurethane in the satin finish to seal the paint.

I chose this black and white fabric to upholster the lid. I really liked the pattern. I think it works as a neutral and could work in many different decor styles. I covered three buttons in fabric and tufted the top. I reattached the hinges.



This was easily completed in a few hours (mostly to allow for drying time of paint and poly). Benches like this are simple to upholster because it only requires entry level upholstery skills.

This would work well in an entry way or at the foot of a bed or in any room for additional seating. And it has the he added bonus of storage under the lid—and who couldn't use a little more storage?



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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.