Thrift Store Challenge – November 2019, Bench Revamp

It is time for the November Thrift Store Challenge!  I have been participating in these monthly Challenges with a group of very creative bloggers since April.  It is so much fun!  You can see all my past projects here.   The rules for the challenge are that we can purchase something from a thrift shop, garage sale, OR we can revamp/upcycle a piece(s) we already own that no longer worked in our home, OR that we found at the curb waiting for the trash trucks.  I chose to revamp this old beat up bench that my husband ‘rescued’ from our neighbors trash.

Please check out all the other participants in the Thrift Store Challenge at the bottom of this post.

Here is what I found this month and what I did with it….

You know what they say…”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”  My husband ‘rescued’ this bench off the side of the road in front of our neighbors house, which was meant for the garbage trucks, and brought it home for me.   Yes, it was a little beat up but nothing a paint job couldn’t fix.  I was challenged to make this into a treasure.

I was excited to use my new paint sprayer (the Wagner FLEXiO 5000) for this job and it did not disappoint.  This thing is pretty awesome.

Check out my video and/or read the tutorial below…

Materials Used for this Project…

Wagner FLEXiO 5000


Step 1, Set up an area to paint the bench…

I brought the bench to our backyard so I could paint it.  It was pretty beat up and faded, but I liked the shape and size of it.

Bench Makeover


I filled my paint sprayer with the paint I picked out.  I chose a color called Basswood by Behr and bought a quart of it (and used it all).

Here it is below all painted.  Honestly, I am not sure I love this color, but I plan to live with it for a while.  In any case, it looks a whole lot better than when we found it!

DIY Bench Makeover

Where to put it???

My husband helped me bring it upstairs to our upper deck area that we recently put artificial turf on.  There isn’t much furniture up there yet, so I figured this would make a good addition to the space.  I added these green cushions that we’ve had forever and some pillows and viola, it is a whole new look.

DIY Bench Makeover

My son tested it out for me.

DIY Bench Makeover

Ok, sooooo maybe it’s not big enough to take a nap on, but overall not bad for a free bench.

DIY Bench Makeover

Styling It…

I used stuff we already had to tie it altogether.  Overall I’m liking it.  I’m still not 100% sure on the color though.  I will live with it for a while and time will tell.  The good news is I can easily change the color, if I chose too, using my paint sprayer!  We still need a few more pieces of furniture to fill up this space, but this will do for now.

Please check out what all the other bloggers came up with this month…

Please check out the other Thrift Store Challenge Participants and see what fun finds they came up with…

Emily from Le

Tara from Stilettos and Shiplap

Dori from This Full Life 5

Tracey at The Hydrangea Farmhouse


  • Reply Dori Turner November 25, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Jodi this is perfect! What a great transformation and it looks great on your deck!

    • Reply Jodi House November 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Thanks! I’m still not 100% sure about the color, but it’s fine for now!

  • Reply Emily November 25, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Such a great bench! And, for free, can’t beat that!! Such a great find!!
    It’s always so much fun blogging with you! Happy Monday!

    • Reply Jodi House November 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Free is always good! Glad you like. I love blogging with you too and loves these challenges!

  • Reply Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap November 25, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    I think this is an amazing find! I can’t believe what people will throw away, can you? It looks great! Perhaps with the way you’ve styled it, and what I know of your personal style, the color you are looking for might just be good old crisp sail white 😉

    • Reply Jodi House November 26, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Tara! Yes, white would probably be better for my style. You are so right! Originally that is what I planned on doing, but when I went to pick out paint I decided on this color instead. Oops! The good news is I can easily change it.

  • Reply Tracey November 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Jodi!!!! I adore this bench!!!! What a find! And it fits perfect in your space!!!!

    • Reply Jodi House November 26, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Thank you so much, Tracey!!!!

  • Reply Terrie November 27, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    What a great find Jodi. I love watching your video on the makeover. It looks great and love the cushion.

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