Top
free discounts & updates

Farmhouse Bench Makeover

Hello my fellow DIY lovin’ friends. I’m back with a brand new project for you involving a treasure of mine. While I’ve been living in the same spot for nearly twenty years, I’ve held onto a dream of being able to get my bare feet back in the country. Reality of life’s happenings is forcing, or rather, helping me to let go of things I’ve saved for that opportunity. Take, for instance, this farmhouse bench makeover.

Farmhouse Bench Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

You may recognize it from a few of my past posts. First, I bought it looking just like it is now with a bit of lovin’ from my kids. We used it for a few years at our dinner table since my littles would rather stand or kneel at the table instead of a booster seat. Second, I’ve used it to stage many projects like this DIY antique store sign from wood scraps.

Video Tutorial DIY Antique Store Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As much as I love the natural patina it offers, it does need repair, which is why I was hanging onto it. So, let’s get this DIY party started, shall we?

REPAIR

First, if you look close, you can see that the right side has an original brace. However, the other side has a jerry-rigged repair with a small metal brace.

Top View of Vintage Bench Before | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Original Farmhouse Bench Brace Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Temporary Bench Brace | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This worked fine for us for many years, but my plan was always to fix it right. Off to my wood stash I go! I dig around in my hardwood pallet wood scrap from these previous projects. Since I need a 1¾” thickness to match the original, I can’t use a soft pine 2″ x 4″ like the rest of the bench. In addition, I have hardwood on hand and that will be more stable for longevity reasons.

Next, I trace the original brace onto my scrap wood.

Tracing Brace for Farmhouse Bench Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After that, I use my jigsaw to cut it out. Naturally, a bandsaw would have been the easier to way to do this, but I’m using what I have. (one day a bandsaw!!)

Replacement Hardwood Brace for Pine Farmhouse Bench Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, I need to create a divet for the brace to rest up against the back spindles. It wasn’t easy using what I have on hand, but it went quickly and I’m happy with the outcome. Now, I just need to drill holes and attach.

Matched Bench Brace for Farmhouse Bench Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

NEXT STEPS

Finally, it’s the fun part of what I do. I need to fill the large gouges with wood filler. However, I wanted to leave some of the story as it adds more charm. Can you see the replacement? I even had salvaged wood plugs from a vintage bread box makeover. A girls gotta have a stash, right?

Repaired & Prepped Farmhouse Bench Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My choice in color is a seconds paint I just used on my last project, a vintage Redman picnic basket rescue. It’s a gorgeous dark green in a flat finish that is yet to be named. Thoughts? This is when it’s wet, and it dries much darker.

Spray Painting Green Paint on Farmhouse Bench Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Finally, after that I apply two coats of a matte poly and call the bench finished. Let’s take a look-see at the final product.

REFRESHED

Rustic Green Farmhouse Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy

Isn’t that sooooo much better? This farmhouse bench makeover is complete and it is ready for many more years of love.

DIY Farmhouse Bench Painted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

Vintage Green Entry Bench by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #green #furniture

Likewise, I’m smitten with that color to the hilt! It’s just dark enough, but adds a touch of color punch.

Vintage Country Styling of Farmhouse Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #country #farmhouse

Not only that, but my replacement brace is looking mighty original! tee hee.

Repaired Green Bench Brace for Farmhouse Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #diy

Painted Green Farmhouse Bench Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #green #furniture

It’s even beautiful all naked. Yes, I’m a sucker for a furniture makeover. With that in mind, if you’d like to add this to your home story, you can find it and more available in my online shop.

  • Farmhouse Style Vintage Tea Cart Table available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Tea Cart ~ $225

Farmhouse Entry Styling with Found Items by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #entry #vintage

SHARE

Alrighty folks, in addition to chatting me up in comments below, do pin and share to inspire others to give a try at their own furniture revival. It’s fun, it’s affordable, and leaves you beaming.

This vintage farmhouse bench makeover is a great way to revive a dated and damaged pieces. See the full DIY details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #makeover #furniture

WAIT!! Before you head off, be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you can see what becomes of this caned chair I found at curb le chic. HEAD HERE. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop. Until next time!
blog signature

Vintage Caned Chair Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, check out these DIYs like this farmhouse bench makeover:

From old and beaten to brand new, this upcycled map cabinet DIY is a must see! Step-by-step video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #handmade #home #furniture #vintage #homedecor #farmhouse #homedecorideasA vintage enamel cabinet was left to rot until Prodigal Pieces gave it new life. Come see the amazing transformation at prodigalpieces.com

Comments

  1. Rebecca- NC says

    Gorgeous!!! And that color!?!? I LOVE!!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bench quite like this. The braces instead of arms make it so versatile. And again… that color!?!?! 💕😍💕

    • Larissa says

      Right? I really aimed to keep it, but it needs a new home now. Thanks so much for the giggle, Rebecca!

  2. Niki says

    Oh my word Larissa!! My heart breaks for you not being able to hold onto this bench. This is fabulous!! The color- my first thought was it looks like an Emu egg. It is so rich and adds a different edge to the farmhouse feel of it.

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…you’re right! Good call. Emu egg it is! Thank you, Niki.

  3. Marietta Walker says

    Great job making your own brace and love that color also. I wish I had room for it. It’s beautiful transformation Lady.

    • Larissa says

      It felt good to finally get it done right. Thank you, Marietta. I wish I had room too. 😉

  4. Caye Cooper says

    Very cool fix, Larissa! Love that color. Good all-round job Ma’am!

  5. Michele M. says

    Whoo hoo! Wow, what a great fix. No one would ever guess that your brace isn’t original. It’s perfect.

    That is a really cool color. I know it will sell fast! Well done, ma’am!!!!

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I’m just happy it can have new life, even if it’s not in my home.

  6. Charleen says

    Gorgeous!!! !love that color.wonderful. child you are the bees knees! Have a beautiful day.

    • Larissa says

      You made me giggle! tee hee! Thank you so much, Charleen.

  7. Joanne H. says

    What a great bench. I wish you had your place in the country to keep it. I love the dark green. You are so handy with the tools you “ have on hand”.

    • Larissa says

      I do know one day in heaven I will have everything I need with no sadness, no pain…that will be a glorious day. Thank you for the smile. I truly love woodworking and come by it honestly.

  8. Jill says

    This turned out WONDERFUL! While I generally love old, natural patinas, I love how the paint gave such a spark to this awesome bench! I’m also very impressed with your brace repair – a top notch job!!

    • Larissa says

      Thank you! I planned to keep that patina, but the new brace just didn’t gel and there were some pretty deep gouges when we bought it. I left oodles of the gouges and part of the story while making it all cohesive. I do love my tools! #toolsoverjewels

  9. Trudy Eby says

    Your handylady talent continues to impress me! Gorgeous color!

    • Larissa says

      You’re so fun, Trudy. Thank you. I sure enjoy getting to build…it’s kinda like therapy for me.

  10. Judy Burnside says

    Beautiful makeover and I LOVE the color! You continue to inspire me to take on the kinds of repairs that look like more than I could tackle – but you do it, and I love that you share your wisdom. I imagine that your some-day country dream home is going to be filled with beautiful pieces you have rescued, restored, and renewed – just like we are in Christ! Have a blessed weekend!

    • Larissa says

      Judy, you’ve made my day. Thank you so much! I really want to encourage others to try things that may seem daunting because more often than not they just need to try. Blessings to you! I’m focusing on my mansion in the sky…

  11. Glenda says

    Hi Larissa, I have to say, you have done it, again. The bench looks fabulous. I love the color and I do wish you knew what the color is. I have a cabinet that would look so good in that shade. I having been looking for that color ever since I saw it on another project that someone had done. If you ever figure it out, please let me know. Have a great weekend and continue to make a change in the things that others discard.

    • Larissa says

      I’m so glad to hear you say so, Glenda. I try to do what I can, but also try to push myself outside of my limits. I would probably call this color emu egg because it matches so perfectly. Thank you for the love!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Client Love

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

~ Laurel

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:34:13-04:00

~ Laurel

I love it! Larissa is amazing. She listened to what I wanted and then she took care of the rest! This is my second piece I've bought from her and I'm in love! I highly recommend her.

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

~ Stephanie

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:39:34-04:00

~ Stephanie

I love this cart, it's exquisite. The item was received in extremely secure packaging, no damage to the item. The delivery person was very professional and courteous. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces is so very amazing. A rating of 10 is deserved. Thank you, Larissa.

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

~ Mikki

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:43:16-04:00

~ Mikki

I should have left this review MONTHS ago! I absolute love this lunch bag. I honestly carry this 5 days a week. It is the perfect size! Not only can you put your lunch in it, it can also hold your book. I enjoy reading at lunch, so I have all I need in one cute bag. Thank you so much Larissa!

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

~ Sharon

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:45:37-04:00

~ Sharon

Awww…I love this sweet Cat with an attitude!! SO SO adorable! Well worth the money, and he will become a priceless treasure in my home! Thanks Larissa for always making your ideas turn into true treasures!

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!

~ Deanna

Prodigal Pieces
2020-03-21T21:52:00-04:00

~ Deanna

Perfect purchase from start to finish! Absolutely adorable piece so creatively thought out. Packed with the greatest of care with lightening fast delivery. Very customer-oriented and friendly crafter. Could not ask for more! Thank you!
0
0
Prodigal Pieces