Antique Mini-Bench Makeover

Hi friends! I’ve got a quick makeover to share with you today.  I found this little antique bench at a yard sale for $5:


Actually it was the same yard sale where I found my sewing  chair.  The owner had attempted to make it over using this burlap sack, which could have turned out okay if she had finished it right.

I decided to go another direction with it though…

Antique Mini Bench Makeover


Antique Mini Bench Makeover

I had this small scrap of fabric left over from my fabric inlay dresser and it was just enough to cover this little bench seat.

I originally painted it black to cover the red. Then I added petroleum jelly here and there so the paint wouldn’t adhere as well in those areas.


Then I painted over it with cottage white. You can see the effect on the side here:


The petroleum jelly allows the paint to sand off really easily in those areas.

Antique Mini Bench Makeover

I wouldn’t normally have a little bench sitting on my dining table. 🙂



Antique Mini Bench Makeover


Antique Mini Bench Makeover


Antique Mini Bench Makeover


If you like this, you’ll love my desk chair makeover too!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a $500 CASH giveaway!! See you then!




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  1. Well done. Love your version.

  2. Beautiful project, as always, Christy, and pinned, of course! Hope you had a great holiday weekend and have a happy week!

  3. Love the little bench!!

  4. I need to try your petroleum jelly tip. I like the end result that it gave the paint on your bench.

  5. Love it!! The fabric is perfect and I love the petroleum jelly tip! I’m definitely going to try that!

  6. Cute as can be!!! Love it!

  7. Great job…….perfect job!

  8. Cute! Love the worn look you did with the paint. It looks a bit too small to sit on, what are your plans with it? I’d be interested to know, my parents have a sad little bench sitting around that I could mess with. 🙂

  9. I think you ALWAYS have a stool sitting on your table…