When I found this pink flamingo bench at a garage sale for only $10, I quickly bought it. Not that pink flamingos are my jam, but a painted bench is! Here’s how I transformed a garage sale find into something beautiful.
So, I’ve become a bit of a junker over the past few months. Undoubtably inspired by other bloggers, I was on a quest to quell this creative beast inside me, so garage sales became the Saturday morning norm.
A few months ago, I stumbled upon a HUGE community yard sale. I hit about 60 homes and walked away with tons o goodies! Here’s one of them.
Pink. Flamingo. Y’all!
Now some of you may LOOOVE pink flamingos, palm trees and painted boats adrift on the ocean, but I thought this was so in need of some love. Here’s how I did it – I’ve provided affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure here.
Painted Bench Makeover Materials
- Paint Stripper
- Rubber Gloves
- Cabot All in One Poly Stain – I used Dark Oak (you can find similar products here)
- Cream Paint I had on hand
First, I stripped down the top with the paint stripper and a scraper. It was so nice seeing that pink melt away. Next I used a Cabot all in one Poly Stain in Dark Oak and added about 3 coats. While that was drying, I painted the legs with a cream color I had on hand.
Here’s my finished product:
Did I mention I got this baby for $10?!?
Here’s a happy mistake – The primer wouldn’t come off completely when I was stripping it, but I stained over it anyway and I love the finished product. Even though hint’s of white peek through, I think it gives it that worn look I was hoping for.
The bench opens up for great storage. Underneath, you can really see how the white primer would not come off.
I do love that variegated look, though!
I styled the bench with a dollar store find and another piece I found on the junk hunt. Finally, I finished it off with this metal bucket filled with cute white flowers paired with this frame for $2. I hot glued this barn star to the frame using ribbon. It was so inexpensive. In fact, the picture is actually scrapbooking paper.
It’s a cute vignette that I was able to create in a weekend for under $20.