George’s Bench gets a Makeover

Harlequin Bench {Including howto create the perfect harlequin pattern}

Hi friends! I’m so glad you stopped by today. I’m sharing how I freshened up George’s bench.  George was the previous owner of this sad, but super functional bench:


I found it at his estate sale in the corner of the garage covered in cobwebs.  I know his name because he put it on the bottom:


I love that.  I was drawn to this little bench because clearly it was hand-built and I loved all the imperfections.


I decided to paint it with a fun harlequin pattern…

Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern

I used flat white latex since I was painting on raw wood. The diamonds were painted with Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg blue.

Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern

I have used this pattern a couple of times before like on this piece:


And this lovely piece (I know you want to see what I could have possible done with this one, right?):


I also redid this old thrift store flatware box last year:

Flatware Box turned Cute Storage Chest

I created the pattern for this bench the same way I did for this chest:How to Create the Perfect Harlequin Pattern


  1. Using computer paper, tape together enough pieces to create one piece the size of the surface you want to add your pattern to. Fold in three widthwise.
  2. Open it up and fold it in two lengthwise. Your number of folds will depend on how large your surface is and what size you want your diamonds to be.
  3. Use the grid created by your folds to draw out your pattern with a pencil and straight edge. (If your surface area is dark, go ever your pencil lines with white chalk.)
  4. Turn the paper over and lay on top of your surface. Go over the same lines again using a pencil and straight edge.
  5. This should transfer your lines. You can barely see them in the photo above.
  6. Use something to highlight the diamonds you want to tape off. I used m&ms. Tape off with Frog tape.
  7. Paint in the diamonds using two coats of paint.
  8. Remove the tape immediately after painting the second coat.
  9. Tape off the remaining diamonds and paint.
  10. Again, remove the tape immediately after the second coat.

Here is my bench in progress. You can see the pencil lines a bit more clearly here.






This is a fun way to update the surface of a piece.

Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern



Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern

I love the imperfections.

Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern



They add so much character.

And that’s how George’s bench…

Bench before

…was made over.

Harlequin painted bench including how to get the perfect harlequin pattern

Harlequin Bench {Including howto create the perfect harlequin pattern}

I love making old things pretty again. Hopefully George is okay with  the girly twist I gave his bench. 🙂



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  1. Love that pattern! And your grain sack chair is amazing, too!

    Happy day to you friend!

  2. This is beautiful! And, you must have lots of patience do those harlequin designs. I would get frustrated. lol So, where are you placing the bench?

  3. I’m sure George would be pleased – very nice! Thanks for the tutorial on how to create the harlequin pattern too.

  4. You did a great job. That was a great find with a history all it own.

  5. Thank you for teaching me how to do this- I could not figure out how t tape it off. What a pain. Nice toes 🙂

  6. Fantastic makeover! I’m sure George dosesn’t mind one little bit that you improved his wooden chest! 🙂

  7. Looks great. For an even easier way (imho) to paint diamonds or checkerboards and more,though – take a look at my blog at Scroll down a bit to find it.

  8. Super cute! I love the pattern and colors!

  9. That George has cute feet!!!


  10. CRAZY CRAZY question—- where was the estate sale? I have a family member named George Butler and I wonder if this was his bench? Love the makeover!