Wooden Bench Upcycle

8 Materials
$10
1 Day
Easy

I got this wooden bench from a thrift store but it didn't match my home's colors. I knew it was time to upcycle it using a wood grain tool and a stencil.


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wooden bench upcycle

Here is the original bench. It's color was a taupe color and it just didn't match my home's colors.

wooden bench upcycle

I painted the legs with Apple Barrel Brown acrylic paint.

wooden bench upcycle

I painted the top and side of the bench with Apple Barrel Warm Buff paint and let that dry completely.

wooden bench upcycle

I made a mixture of the Apple Barrel Brown with water to create a glaze. I painted this on the top of the bench.

wooden bench upcycle

I used a wood grain tool to create a wood grain effect on the top. I rocked the tool back and forth to create the textured look as I dragged it along the top of the bench.

wooden bench upcycle

I did the same thing to the sides of the seat of the bench as well.

wooden bench upcycle

I let this all dry completely.

wooden bench upcycle

I place my Plaid Woodland Stencil of a Moose onto my bench and held it secure with painters tape.


I used Apple Barrel White with a little Apple Barrel Warm Buff mixed in to get the stencil color I wanted.


I used My Plaid stencil brush, dipped the brush in the paint and then pounced the brush to unload as as much paint as possible to be ready to stencil. I then pounced the my stencil brush onto the bench and stencil.

wooden bench upcycle

I carefully lifted the stencil off and let the moose dry completely.

wooden bench upcycle

Here is the completed bench. I'm so happy with the way it turned out.


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  • Vicki
    on Nov 29, 2018

    Wonderful tutorial. Very Nice Job

    Are you going to have to seal it, for leave it organic?

  • Jixyrocker711
    on Dec 8, 2018

    Wow! That turned out great! I love how you achieved the wood grain effect! I’ve seen the wood grain tool used before but haven’t tried it yet. Is it something you should practice with first?

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Dec 9, 2018

      Thank you so much. It is quite easy to use and I will admit to giving it a practice run just to get use to the rocking motion. I even just practiced on a piece of butcher paper, nothing major. The "glaze" is the secret - it's so forgiving so if you make a mistake or don't like something, just paint on more glaze and try again. The glaze slows down the drying time giving you more time to work with it.

  • Melody Boling Medlock
    on Dec 16, 2018

    Where can I get a wood grain tool?

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