This Oak Bench Makeover will show you that a bad paint job can be remedied with time and a lot of patience.

A huge thank you to my friends at Homeright who were gracious enough to send me a sprayer and large shelter to try out. To put it to work, I decided to give this sad little bench an uplift! It looks SO SAD! doesn’t it?? This piece sat in my entry way for a while, until I decided to re-do my entryway. I’m fickle like that. I kept the bench in my basement until now.



Mudroom Bench Makeover + GIVEAWAY


The paint was peeling off (from the terrible paint job done by ME a few years back). Don’t worry, I’ve repented.

So I decided to strip the paint off and start from scratch. So. Much.Work! Seriously, if you ever have to strip paint, I feel for ya πŸ™‚ But it’s totally worth it, if you want to save a piece of furniture. And if you ask me, any solid wood piece of furniture is worth saving!

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Oak Bench Makeover- Supplies I used

Step 1 : Strip 

Paint, that is… Bwahahahah…Sorry, I amuse myself sometimes πŸ™‚ I stripped the paint off this bench and I won’t lie, it was more work than I thought, but this paint stripper made things SO MUCH easier. I tried another brand before I tried this one, which was recommended by my friend and sister in paint, Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea. After trying itI was mad at myself for not asking her input BEFORE all of the hardship.

Mudroom Bench Makeover

Step 2: Set up the shelter and get painting already!

If you don’t have to strip paint, lucky you!

Here’s the truth. It took me about 15 minutes to set up the spray shelter/tent and get this oak bench makeover underway. Honestly? I was a little annoyed at how long it took. But, I’m not a camper. Need I say more? I found this video and that helped break down the tent set up. Once I set it up the first time, I was good. It took me about 8 minutes the second time. Boom. Now it’s so nice to have a tent to spray paint on windy days!! You guys would love it!. And it comes with a cool carry case and everything.

Mudroom bench makeover

Step 3: Mix Paint and Spray

Once I had the paint thinned out to manufacturer’s directions I started using my awesome sprayer. Practicing with water and cardboard first, helped me to get the hang of it. When I was ready I used my favorite color of General Finishes milk paint  it took me literally 10-15 minutes to spray the whole thing, and that included drying time!. This paint dries super fast, which I love. I don’t want to think of how long it would have taken me to brush it on.

Mudroom Bench Makeover

I  used the same color in my armoire renovation. I LOVE that shade of blue!

Mudroom Bench Makeover

Done and Done! (Almost)

Mudroom Bench Makeover

Step 4: Sand and Apply Top Coat

I used my sander and distressed the edges a bit, then I filled the sprayer back up with  top coat and sprayed once more, lightly sanded, and sprayed again. Isn’t it cute? For the time being, this cutie is sitting in my bedroom until I get the mudroom finished.

Mudroom Bench Makeover

Mudroom Bench Makeover


Oak Bench Makeover

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Novice woodworker and serial Popcorn eater, Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials that motivate others to "dare to try". Originally from Puerto Rico, Janice is fluent in Spanish and dreams of owning a beach house on the island someday! Janice currently lives in Utah with her husband and children, where she works as a university professor.

This Post Has 48 Comments

  1. Lisa

    I share your pain for paint stripping, but it is truly worth the extra effort. Your bench is so beautiful! I love the shade you chose.

    Let’s paint everything!!!!!


    1. Janice

      Thanks, Lisa!!

  2. Ashlie

    Thanks for offering such an awesome giveaway, I would love to win!

    1. Janice

      Thanks for stopping by, Ashlie!! Good luck!

  3. Cindy Downing

    O i want these so bad..fingers crossed!!!

    1. Janice

      Fingers crossed for you, Cindy!:)

  4. Diane W

    I would love to win the Homeright paint sprayer and shelter contest.

    1. Janice

      Yay! I hope you do, Diane! Good luck!

  5. Kristie Cook

    Love the color of your bench! These would be very useful to me because I don’t have a shelter to spray under! The sprayer would be much better than a can of spray paint! I’d have to hide it from my dad though. ?

    1. Janice

      Haha! Yes, hide it from your dad!! That’s what’s cool about the sprayer, Kristie, you get spray paint out of any color!

  6. Susanne

    Your bench turned out great!! I love that color!! I opened my tent and looked at like it was an alien, lol!! I watched a video and then it went up without a hitch…I am sooooo not a camping girl πŸ˜‰

    1. Janice

      Haha! Right? It really isn’t bad to set once you get the hang of it. Thank goodness for that video!

  7. Paula

    You did an amazing job.

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Paula!

  8. Ahhhh, it’s so beautiful now! And it looks great in your entryway. I think Sarah has a similar bench to yours.

    Yes, stripping paint is a p-a-i-n in the you know what. I’ll have to check out that paint stripper. I have one major question for you….How did you NOT paint your grass too? When I was painting my shelves I had paint all over the tarp πŸ™‚

    1. Janice

      Haha, I actually did get paint on the grass a little bit, but I didn’t care :). It’s going to be covered in snow soon enough. I propped up the bench on wood scraps, so it was sitting a little higher up than what the pictures show. Thanks for the kind words!

  9. Sarah

    You’re so brave to tackle stripping a piece! I haven’t been that brave yet. πŸ˜‰ And I love the color you chose – it’s gorgeous in your space! <3

    1. Janice

      Brave or dumb? haha….I’m glad the paint stripping is over. Thanks for the kind words!

  10. Barb

    Love the color you picked and the bench. I haven’t seen a bench like this and I love the size of it.

    1. Janice

      Hi Barb! This bench actually was part of an old oak dining set my neighbor had. I love the size too! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Anika

    The bench looks awesome!! I always try not to get a previously painted piece just so I can avoid stripping paint!
    Yes, Homeright sprayer and those shelters are awesome!!

    1. Janice

      Right? The ARE awesome! Stripping paint is not fun, but certainly MUCH easier with the orange stuff πŸ™‚

  12. Claire

    Looks so much better, nice colour.

    1. Janice

      Thank you Claire!

  13. Susie

    OHHHHH! Love this bench in its new color. It looks great with the floor color, too. Great, great project! Susie from Chelsea Project

    1. Janice

      You’re so sweet, Susie! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Denise

    What an amazing transformation. I love the color you chose for this bench and you did a great job with the sprayer. LOVE it.

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Denise!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Vineta!

  15. Tonya

    I wondered about using the sprayer with general finishes paint. Did you have to thin it a lot? I love the fact that you can apply a topcoat and you don’t have to thin that at all!!! So fast! Love your cute little bench.

    1. Janice

      Hi Tonya, I think I added I ounce of water per pint, so not too bad. I have an armoire that I brush painted with the same color and I hardly see any difference in the shade. No thinning on the top coat. I LOVE GF’s top coat. Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Geri Ann

    Cute little bench…great job…

    1. Janice

      Thanks, Geri!

  17. Starla

    This is so awesome and I would love it! I would definitely spray my headboard a different color!

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Starla! Yes! You NEED this sprayer πŸ™‚

  18. Melissa Arias

    What a great giveaway. And I love he color you used for the bench.

    1. Janice

      Thanks, Melissa!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Ann!

  19. Regi

    I love HomeRight products! This is an awesome giveaway! That bench is super adorable, and you chose the perfect color for it. Love it!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Regi! I love Homeright, too!

  20. Kim

    That bench is adorable! I too despise stripping paint, but it’s so worth the effort!! Fabulous paint job!!

    1. Janice

      Thanks Kim!!

  21. Minnie Scott

    Nice color !!! Love the way you do this makeover and make the bench become sooo vintage !
    Gonna save this project to try soon !
    Thanks for sharing this Janice !

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Minnie! You will love the sprayer!

  22. Thomas

    Love how you tell your story, fun way, haha. It’s interesting to have a spray shelter and fulfill painting in it. Thanks for your affiliate links. By the way, nice oak bench

    1. Janice

      Thank you, Thomas!

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