Thrift Store Bench

I am always on the lookout for thinks to upcycle. I found this bench at the Goodwill store. Yes, it has a cutesy cow on it, but I looked past that and saw a solid bench.

It was also 50% off! So that's a bonus!

If you are an animal lover, spoiler alert—the cow didn't survive. It came off very easily. It was attached with a foam sticky pad.

I cleaned the entire bench and used Goo Gone to remove the adhesive. That left a clean surface for paint.

I coated the entire piece with Folk Art Seafoam chalk paint. I intentionally did a rough brush coat. I wasn't concerned with even coverage.

I used 60 grit sandpaper to rough up the surface. I wanted to remove quite a bit of paint to make this look like it is well worn and primitive.


I applied a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Exterior Polyurethane. I used exterior poly because I thought this might eventually be used outdoors on a porch as a little seating area or with plants on it.

This thrift store bench went from a cutesy craft project to a primitive bench perfect for modern farmhouse decor.

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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.