How to Transform an Dull Bench Seat Into a Pretty Garden Must Have!

3 Materials
$3
2 Hours
Easy

A few months ago on the way home from work I saw some discarded furniture dumped in an alley, including this dirty but sturdy bench seat. I found it too irresistible to not rescue as I could see it was just calling me to transform and make use of again!

Street find!
Street find!

I began the project with a damp cloth clean over and then used a deep blue Unicorn spit Stain and gel to colour the wooden frame.

Unicorn Spit Gel & Stain  onto frame
Unicorn Spit Gel & Stain onto frame

I spray with water a little to make it easier to spread and to give even coverage.

Spray water with Unicorn Spit gel stain
Spray water with Unicorn Spit gel stain

I continue to spread the wooden frame with a sponge applicator as I find this easier to get into all areas.

Covering with Unicorn Spit stain &Gel
Covering with Unicorn Spit stain &Gel
Cover with blue Unicorn Spit Stain &Gel
Cover with blue Unicorn Spit Stain &Gel

After it is dry which is in a few minutes I use acrylic paint pens to draw a trailing leaf design along the wood in various places.

Draw leaf design with acrylic paint pens
Draw leaf design with acrylic paint pens

I continue to design this on the frame to bring the piece to life!

Using paint pens to draw design
Using paint pens to draw design

I draw a white flower pattern on various parts of front and sides to contrast and develop this garden seat into something people now want to sit on!

Painting flowers on bench seat
Painting flowers on bench seat

I am using this in a covered area that’s away from the elements but you could protect with a sealant.


I am so proud of the brought to life bench seat which now is perfect to sit in the morning sun with a cuppa!

Garden Bench Seat Makeover
Garden Bench Seat Makeover
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1 question
  • Holly Brown
    on Jun 8, 2019

    Did you have to sand before staining? Very cute!

    • Charlotte
      on Jun 15, 2019

      Probably the best thing to do so you get any old paint off and a nice smooth finished.

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