Thrifted Bench Update

Hello sweet friends, before the virus became part of our lives, while visiting my favorite thrift shop we frequent, this bench arrived shortly before we did.

It was in pretty good shape aside from a few scratches and the caning being worn.  I knew I could work with this piece so home it came.


The scratches were worse then the picture shows.

John taped paper to our foyer floor to get it ready for me to do work.  I realize sanding and staining would have been the direction most would go. When you are in the house alone with a walker and a thought pops into your head you work with what you have safe access to make a project move forward.

Knowing it wasn’t possible to grab items from the garage I decided to use burnt umber paint and a stencil brush and rub the paint into the scratches and the caning.  It worked very well and I knew I wasn’t going to keep it this dark for our bedroom when we brought it home.


Next, I used Miss Mustard Seed’s White wax with a small brush a rag I rubbed it into the bench very well until I was seeing it take shape. This gave the bench a softer look to blend with our bedroom furniture. Speaking of bedroom furniture, I’m thinking I may want to a make a couple of  changes pieces and will be sure to share. 


Here she is at the foot of our bed with a boxwood wreath I have and a French basket from The Painted Fox filled with lavender.


So what do you think? Have you been working on projects too?


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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

32 thoughts on “Thrifted Bench Update

  1. Cindy, your new bench looks great with the white wax rubbed over it! Looks a pretty grey now. I’ve seen pickled French-style woodwork with white rubbed in before an item is stained and your bench resembles that, too.

    Great job!
    Barb 🙂

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