Cranberry Bench Makeover

When I was little, my mother gathered my brother and I around the kitchen table to make ornaments.

You know the kind where you pour tiny beads into wreath and Santa Claus shaped molds, stick them in the oven, and make DIY stained glass?  We made a whole day of it.  And when we pulled those precious gems out of the oven, we wrapped them up and gave them away as gifts to friends and neighbors.

It was one of my favorite days ever.

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My mom did DIY before DIY was cool.

And that’s when I learned, at the age of 5 years old… the best presents are the homemade ones.  The ones that maybe didn’t cost more than a dollar or two but are filled with time and care.

So when I stumbled upon this $30 bench at the thrift store, I knew time and care was all it really needed.

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A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

Today, my blogger friends and I are kicking off our last Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday of 2016!  (By the way, we’re hosting a contest and giveaway this week on Instagram if you have makeovers of your own you’d like to share too.)

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

Last December, I shared how I (ahem… I mean, Santa) gave an old thrifted dollhouse a sweet makeover for Olivia.  To this day, she still adores it.

This year though, I thought I’d snag this bench for my mom since she’s always wanted one at her kitchen table (for a certain squirmy-bottomed 4 year-old).

To get rid of the yellowy-orange wood tones and cover up the scuffs and rough spots, I gave it two quick coats of Fusion Mineral Paint in Cranberry.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

Are y’all sick of seeing this paint yet?  I love this stuff.  Maybe I’m just impatient, but I’m not a fan of prep work, and I like that I can skip the sealing step that comes with chalk paint.  This one is literally one step and you’re done.  (You can still distress it and add dark wax for antiquing if you’d like though.)

It took me less than an hour to paint it (and to chuck the icky seat cushion that came with it), and this bench was good as new.  I styled it all cute for Christmas in our entryway to snap a few quick shots of it.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

Also, if I didn’t love wearing these comfy boots so much, they might just stay as permanent makeshift vases in our entryway.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

I literally just ran around our house grabbing odds and ends to accessorize it since we’ll be hauling it over to my parents’ house soon.

Do you do that all the time too?  Steal decor from all of your house?  Items are constantly moving around here.  Nothing is safe.

If you want to know about any of the sources (since you guys sometimes ask), here they are:

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

My other thrifty blogger friends are sharing their own trash to treasure transformations too.  Just click the links below to see the makeovers.  And don’t forget to join us on Instagram to share your own with the hashtag #TrashToTreasureTransformation!

A quick and simple bench makeover using Cranberry Fusion Mineral Paint in one easy step for a festive farmhouse style Christmas entryway.

(Clockwise from top left):  Artsy Chicks Rule | Prodigal Pieces |

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer | Girl in the Garage

Have you done any homemade gifts for Christmas this year?  Or tackled any awesomesauce thrift store projects?  If you want to see any past Trash to Treasure makeovers, you can check them all out here.

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A big thanks to Fusion Mineral Paint for providing paint to sponsor this post. 

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Those crafy mamas are the best. I’d say your little ones are just as lucky to have you as their crafty mama, Larissa. 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!

No, I didn’t use a sealer. That’s one of the things I like about this paint. A sealer isn’t required. I’ve used it on a lot of our furniture now and it holds up way better than chalk paint.

Never sick of Fusion paint – it’s amazing!! And I’ve been dying to see the Cranberry color “in person”. The bench looks great! Can’t wait to play along on Instagram!

>> Christene
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Yes! Love the stuff. The Cranberry color is even prettier in person. My photos don’t do it justice. Can’t wait to see what you share, Christene!

Beautiful transformation! I am going to have to try this paint soon. I have used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint on most of my diy’s.

Thanks, Tara! I’ve used Annie Sloan on a lot of our furniture too and like this one the best mostly because I like its durability and the fact I don’t have to seal it. I still love the look of Annie Sloan too though.

Aww, How sweet! I can’t wait for this to come “home”. I may have done DIY when it wasn’t “cool” but you have taken it to a whole new level I would never have dreamed of. Thank you for the bench and for the sweet memories. Love you, Mom.

Dawww thanks, Mom. Love you too! I promise I’ll remember this bench next time I come over. I’ve forgotten two times now. Call me and remind me next week before dinner!

Love your bench….and jealous that you found such a great treasure at a great price!! 🙂 Red is one of my favorite colors and I love the transformation the red paint gave the bench….not to mention your great accessories! 🙂

Hi Tina! I didn’t have to clean this one really at all. If a piece is really grimy or has wood oil on it, I sometimes wipe it down with some liquid deglosser and it does the trick.