How to Decorate Benches


Benches are primarily used outdoors due to their durability, however this trait also makes them ideal seating indoors in high-traffic or kid's rooms. Place a storage bench in your entry way or mud room. Use benches at the dining table to save space and encourage communal dining. Or set-up a bench in your child's bedroom. A plain wooden bench can be decorated to match any design style or color scheme.

Things You'll Need

  • Primer
  • Brush
  • Paint
  • Paint additives
  • Tape
  • Sponge
  • Stencil
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Decoupage paste
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Apply 1 to 2 coats of primer. Brush in the direction of the grain.

  • Paint the bench. Use texturized paint to give the bench a rough, sandy feel. Blend two or more colors across the seat. Paint stripes using painter's tape as a guideline or polka dots with a round sponge.

  • Stencil designs onto the bench. Secure a stencil to the bench using painter's tape or stencil adhesive. Paint the cut-out with spray paint or exterior paint. Remove the stencil while the paint is still visibly wet.

  • Wrap the bench with fabric or ribbon. Use decoupage glue to adhere material to the bench. Apply one coat of glue over the bench to seal material.

  • Put a cushion or pillow on the seat. Cut two pieces of fabric 1 inch larger than the length and width of the bench seat. Stack the sheets, decorative side facing in. Sew along three sides of the fabric. On the fourth side, leave a 2-inch length open. Turn the case inside-out. Stuff the case through the opening in the seam. Sew the hole shut.

  • Sew ribbon lace or fabric scraps to a bench with existing fabric. These pieces can be used to cover up holes and stains. Place the fabric on the bench and adhere with a small amount of fabric glue. Sew around the edge of the material with a needle and thread. Opt for embroidery floss for a thick, visible seam.

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