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. So pretty! I have used Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil and haven’t had great results. Probably how I’m using it…. however, that wax looks awesome. You have inspired me to give it a try. Awesome job!

  2. I’m a firm believer in using what you have, Cindy! Great job with this bench! I love how you put it at the end of your bed. So pretty! I’ve never used Miss Mustard Seed’s products but I hear they are awesome! I’ll have to check them out!

  3. Oh boy Cindy this is a beauty. You are officially the furniture whisper!! Beautiful.
    Have a good Friday today and good weekend.

  4. Cindy the white wax makes a huge difference and really adds that special touch!

  5. It turned out really great. I love the aged patina you achieved. I plan on doing some painting this week. I have a few pieces that need ‘doing’. Happy Mother’s Day- xo Diana

  6. Oh Cindy, your bench turned out beautiful! What a find. If I saw it, it would of had to come home with me too. It looks so pretty at the foot of your bed. Take care, and enjoy your week!

  7. Your bench turned out lovely, I love finding things like that at thrift stores… can’t wait until they are open again! I have a pair of chairs that I am thinking of applying a similar finish to, as well.

  8. What a fabulous thrift store find! I would have grabbed it up, too:) Love how you added so much patina and character to it. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

  9. Wow, Cindy–this is gorgeous! I love a thrifty upcycle and you nailed it, my friend! Love your dust ruffle, too! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  10. Lovely project. I have never used wax before; I like how it toned down the color and made the details pop! Will enjoy seeing your entire bedroom!

  11. 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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