Painting a piece of furniture remains one of my all-time favourite DIYs for a few reasons: it doesn’t take too long (unlike walls, ugh), it’s fun to pick a new colour, and it dramatically changes the piece.
It also feels indescribably good to give old furniture a new life. That was the case for my friend, Melissa, who had been handed down a wooden bench from her parents.
For less than the cost of buying a new (cheaply-made) bench at a big-box store, we totally refreshed this sturdy piece of furniture.
She and her husband just built a stunning farmhouse in Debert and wanted to use the bench in their mudroom, but not in its current condition. The dark wood and needle-pointed cushions must have been stylish 30-odd years ago when it was made, but it wasn’t going to work in their bright new home.
There was no question that the needlepoint cushions needed to go …