Before & After: $5 One-Armed Bench Gets a Makeover

The Junk in Our Trunks

This sturdy bench was a garage sale steal at only $5 — other than the battered finish and missing arm, that is! Still, classic lines and solid construction made this bench the perfect piece for some makeover magic to banish the wear and tear while preserving its history.

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The first step was sadly surgical — the remaining arm was removed to bring back some symmetry to the piece. A dark stain on the seat brought out the lovely warmth of the scarred wood, while the aqua paint on the legs and back gave this bench a bright new outlook. The finished product is a great reminder that basically any solid, well-made piece of wooden furniture can be brought back to life with a little vision and a lot of elbow grease!

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