Girls Build Club
Girls Build Club
  • Hometalker
  • Florissant, CO

Painted Horse Bench DIY

4 Materials
8 Hours

This painted horse bench is perfect for the girl who's a little country at heart! This project uses one horse stencil that you can customize to create some variety in your herd of horses. :) There isn't much skill involved. I just opened a horse book and started giving my painted horses random splotches here and there.

For the full tutorial, go to my blog post at this link -

The bench itself is as simple as can be. I made it from a single board and bought some hair pin metal legs for it on amazon, and the legs were quite cheap at about $10 each!

As for time, I think it did take me a while to paint all those horses, but it was a nice lazy weekend, and quite relaxing to paint and watch the design unfold. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

You can customize this technique to your own style by choosing your favorite animal and finding a good silhouette of it online. Good luck and have fun!

painted horse bench diy

Painted horse bench DIY with hair pin legs...the finished product!

painted horse bench diy

I started by prepping the bench seat, which is simply a 2" x 13" board. I sanded down all the edges, and stained it with the color "honey" by Minwax. I looooove this stain color.

painted horse bench diy

I found a horse silhoutte online that I printed out to use as my stencil. See that package of tan paper? It's white carbon paper. I will spread that out, white side face down on the bench. Then I'll put my horse stencil on it and trace the horse stencil with a ball point pen. That will transfer the white outline to the bench...

painted horse bench diy

I arranged the horses perfectly and taped them down so they wouldn't move when I traced them...

Now you can't quite see it in this photo above, but I've cut out tiny squares of the white carbon transfer paper, and placed it underneath my horse silhouettes.

painted horse bench diy

Can you see the very faint horse outlines here? I did that by tracing the horse silhouette on top of the white carbon transfer paper.

painted horse bench diy

I went back over the faint lines with a white paint pen.

painted horse bench diy

Then I filled in each horse outline with white craft paint. This is nothing special...just $0.99 a bottle at any craft store.

painted horse bench diy

This is where it gets fun for me. I opened my horse encyclopedia that I found at GoodWill thrift store and started adding splotches of black paint to my horses, trying to mimic what I saw in the horse book.

painted horse bench diy

At the end I turned over the bench, and screwed on some hair-pin legs. Then I did 3 coats of oil based polyurethane by Minwax. It added a lot of depth to the finish.

painted horse bench diy

Here's a closeup of the painted horse bench. This ended being one of my favorite projects!

painted horse bench diy

What do you think? Will you try this design with your favorite animal?

Wouldn't it look great in a country farmhouse entry way, right under the coat rack?

Thanks for stopping by! For the full tutorial and details on the products I used, check out this link -


Liesell @

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

18 Adorable Bird Feeders You'll Want To Make Right Now
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
16 Creative Ways To Upcycle Pallets
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
30 Creative Ways To Repurpose Baking Pans
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
17 DIY-Inspiring Kitchen Backsplashes
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
11 Unexpected Ways to Use Spices in Your Home
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
30 Reasons We Can’t Stop Buying Michaels Storage Crates
30 Brilliant Things You Can Make From Cheap Thrift Store Finds!
20 Easy Concrete Projects You Absolutely CAN Do!
18 Easy DIY Projects That You Can Do This Weekend!
Girls Build Club

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Pbkmeme
    6 days ago

    This is awesome. Did you poly over it and if so what kind of Paint pens do you use?

    • Girls Build Club
      6 days ago

      Yes, I used Elmer's Painters Paint Markers for the thicker outline of the horses. That's the only place I used paint pens on this project. Then I used Minwax Polyurethane in Satin and did 3 or 4 coats. Thanks for your question!

Join the conversation

4 of 36 comments
  • Linda Wells
    4 days ago

    Love this. As a horse lover living in a ranch home this is perfect for me. I will try to do it. Thanks for posting.

  • Sunny

    So cute!!! 🐴🐴🐴. So many possibilities!!! And, so easy! My kind of project!! Thanks!

Your comment...