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Painted Bench Makeover for only $10


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.

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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.

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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.

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

Painted Bench Makeover Materials

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:

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!
 This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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.

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!
This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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!

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!
This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!
This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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. 

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

I hot glued this barn star to the frame using ribbon. It was so inexpensive. In fact, the picture is actually scrapbooking paper.

This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!
This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

It’s a cute vignette that I was able to create in a weekend for under $20.

Not bad for a first time furniture flip!

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This blogger took a hot pink flamingo garage sale find and turned it into a painted bench for less than $20!

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33 Comments

  1. Thanks for your comments, Kelly – I think my paint removal preference depends on the piece itself. This bench was layered with paint, so I use a paint stripper. On my Dining Table redo, I sanded it down – about 100 times!! I really wanted to make sure to get everything off. I'm dying to try the liquid sander out there – so that may be my next project. I think the stripper was super quick and would definitely try that again. Thank you again for checking out my posts!!

  2. Sorry to be flooding your blog with comments, but I was wondering–what is your favorite way to sand/remove paint and stain? I usually am a "lightly sand it and then paint it" gal, but I want to stain–really, I do. πŸ™‚ It just takes me FOREVER to get a finish off so I can stain it.

  3. I can't believe you got the top to look that good1 Thanks for linking up, would love to have you join me again this week!

  4. MAJOR improvement! Great job!

  5. Wow!!! You make me wish I could stumble onto a bench like that. Looks fantastic! Great job!

  6. Wow! That was one loud before picture. I love a tropical motif, but the before pic was a bit kitsch for my taste. The after is gorgeous and has tons of charm, though. Well done!

  7. great job on the bench make over, It looks wonderful and I am sure you will get alot of use out of that. I am a new follower of yours and i will be back again to see whatl you are up to,,,come for a visit,,,Phyllis

  8. Hi there!
    I think the flamingos would have stopped me from handing over the $10. But you saw what could be – the sign of a true junker! Your table is terrific! It looks really good, yay for you!
    I'd love for you to stop by sometime!
    XO
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  9. Hey, I featured your fab bench on my Frugalicious Friday Recap today! Come check it out!

  10. Wow…Jen, your bench turned out Fabulous! Thanks for sharing and for linkin' up to Frugaliicious Friday!

  11. I can't believe you removed the famingos? What's wrong with you? πŸ™‚ Funny stuff. You have great vision to see beyond those and pay $10 for it. I love how you transformed it. Great find and great work! Thanks for sharing at FFF.

  12. While I absolutely love flamingos, I have to admit your bench was greatly improved from the original. lol. It looks wonderful, great addition to your house. Pat

  13. Very cool. I love the deep stain over white. Huge improvement to your bargain πŸ™‚

    Feel free to link up to Make it for Mondays sometime πŸ™‚

  14. I LOVE just about anything beachy…this one would not be one of them! You did an AWESOME job on the make-over…she looks much better. Look…you have a new FRIEND…ME!

    Blessings,
    Linda

  15. Great re-do. I guess we'll be seeing alot more of those goodies in the near future. Keep up the good work!

  16. Thank you so much for saving that beauty from flamingo H-E-Double hockey sticks:) It looks amazing!!! Thanks so much for linking to Poppies @ Play!