Vanity Bench Revamp

A friend of mine and I started an estate sale company last year (R2 Estate Sales—follow us if you live in Northern Indiana!). We did a sale a couple months ago and this little vanity bench was still there on the last day of the sale. We had marked it down a couple of times and by the end of the second day, it was only a couple of dollars. I tucked it into the back of my SUV. Otherwise it would have would up at a thrift store and would have been someone else's treasure!

The wood paneling wasn't doing it any favors. I am not sure why it was even on the bottom part.

I removed the wood paneling. It was a little wobbly, so I glued and clamped it and let it dry for a couple of days.

I cleaned it and gave it a coat of Folk Art Chalk Art in the Rich Black color.

I distressed it with 100 grit sandpaper and coated it with Rustoleum Matte Clear.

Since the wood paneling was already cut to the size of the seat, I used it as the base for the reupholstery.

I added a piece of foam cut to size and covered it with a piece of cotton batting. I stapled it in place.

I used this buffalo plaid upholstery weight fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. I covered a button and used it to tuft the seat.

Now it is a nice piece for additional seating in any room. It would function well in a living room, a foyer or even a bedroom.

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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.