Before & After: Cleaning Up a Handmade Workbench

Before & After: Cleaning Up a Handmade Workbench

Colleen Quinn
Nov 15, 2012

Dana was on the lookout for a craft bench when she found an ad for a handmade workbench for sale for the unbelievable price of $30. Despite an unusual (as they often are!) Craigslist situation, she persevered and after an unexpected house tour, bought herself a bench…

Steve, the seller, handcrafted this workbench for his workshop, and it had obviously seen hard use. Dana sanded the top to get a clean surface and restained it with Minwax Classic Gray. After letting the stain dry overnight, she painted the base of the workbench with homemade chalk paint and brought the newly refinished piece into her craft room. The cleaned up bench still retains the character gained from its years of use, and makes a wonderful addition to her creative space.

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(Images: Dana/Crafted Niche)

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