Garden Bench Makeover

Garden Bench Makeover

I’ve joined a group of friends for a challenge to makeover a piece of furniture each month with a theme.  April’s theme is “bright”.  It was a quick decision for me to decide to give the garden bench that resides on our screened porch an update with a bright coat of paint.

Bench Before Makeover

This bench purchased from Plow and Hearth was a gift from me to Mr. SP very early in our marriage.  It has resided on our screened porch for nearly 20 years now and has been sat upon countless numbers of times.  The bench was still in excellent condition but had some wear and tear on the arms. Wear and Tear on Bench's Arms

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I matched the paint for the bench makeover to cushions that are on our other screened porch chairs.  (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, I’d love for you to do so!  I’m sppaula there.)

After sanding the bench to smooth down the arms and to take off some of the smoothness of the stain, I painted the bench Valspar Tidal Teal in gloss purchased from Lowe’s.  Using my HomeRight paint sprayer made painting this bench a breeze!  After three coats of paint completed over two days, my bench looked like new! Bench Makeover

My yard is so lush and pretty right now that I couldn’t resist taking a few pictures of my bench outside before I moved it to its home on the porch.  Two envelope pillows made with fabric leftover from my guest bath curtains jazz up the bench and offer comfort when relaxing on it.   Garden Bench Makeover by

The bright color of the bench makes me smile every time I walk out onto our porch.  I’m hoping that the next update to our porch will be new carpet.   Bench Makeover

I’m looking forward to spending spring and summer evenings relaxing on our porch!   Garden Bench Makeover by

Don’t miss my friends’ brightly painted furniture makeovers!  Click on the pictures below to visit each project.

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    1. Thanks, Christy! My grass is going to be really lush after all of the rain we’ve had this week!

  1. Paula you did a fantastic job! The color is right on, I would have picked it too. I love the way the pillows look on it especially on your beautiful lawn! -Bev

    1. We could paint but I’d have to add something to it to make sure the surface wouldn’t be slick. We use our porch as a main entrance, so we are on it a lot with wet shoes (and a wet dog) and I wouldn’t want to fall. If we choose carpet, I’m going to get something that will hide the dirt!

    1. I probably couldn’t have finished this project in time without using the sprayer! It’s fun to use it to paint something so quickly!

    1. Thank you! It’s the first brightly colored item that I’ve painted for my home and I love it. I have paint left, so something else is going to get a shot of turquoise!

    1. Thanks, Cassie! I like that color, too, and since I have some left, I can use it for another project.

    1. Thank you! I love the pillows, too, and they were quick and easy to make since I had the supplies on-hand. The carpet on the porch is what I want to tackle next!

  2. Paula, your bench looks great! I love that you painted it a bold color. And it’s perfect with the new pillows. I knew I recognized that fabric! 🙂

    Hope you have a wonderful week! Can’t believe it’s already May!!

    1. Lauren – I used a palm sander to sand the bench. The arms needed a heavy sanding but the rest of the bench only needed a light sanding to help the paint stick.

  3. Paula, I always enjoy seeing your before and after projects and you always do such a great job! I love the color of your bench! I saw one almost just like yours in a high end magazine yesterday and I was thinking that yours was prettier! I’m so glad you shared it at our Pretty Pintastic Party! Thanks!!

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    1. You are a nice friend, Katie! I’ll bet that your friend loved the bench that you made for her. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

  5. Cute, cute and I LOVE the color and the monogrammed pillow. Great paint project
    Visiting from the Home Sweet Garden party.

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristi! I wasn’t sure about the green but after I finished, I loved the color.


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