KISS: Easy Rustic Bench Makeover in Just 3 Steps!

I’ve been thinking I need to do a weekly KISS project (keep it simple stupid).  It’s a good reminder for me that not every project needs to have 20 steps to complete, and challenges me to keep projects as simple as possible.

Last week when I brought home a bunch of bargains from a thrift store grand re-opening, one of my purchases was this  rustic bench.

It’s super sturdy, has great wood, and I knew it wouldn’t take much effort to give it a more farmhouse look.

In fact, I did it in just 3 steps!

rustic bench before makeover -

Step 1 –  I sanded the top down to the bare wood to remove the shiny varnish on it.

Step 2 – I used black paint with the Poultry Feeds stencil and Mini Chicken stencil to give it an instant farmhouse look.

Step 3 – I didn’t want to stain the wood and make it look too dark again, so I just gave it a coat of low gloss Tung Oil.  (affiliate link), which freshens the wood and really brings out the details in it, without a glossy finish.

tung oil on raw wood -

That’s it!  Talk about keeping it simple, it took all of 20 minutes to finish and I love it now!

farmhouse style rustic bench via


I haven’t decided where I’ll use it yet, but right now it makes a great little table to enjoy under a shade tree in my front yard.  There won’t be too many more nice summer days left, so I want to kick off my shoes and enjoy every last one of them while I can!

farmhouse stencil on rustic bench via Knick of

farmhouse rustic bench via


My gravel road is calling.  I think I’ll take the dogs on a walk.

farmhouse rustic side table via Knick of

So, would you all like to see KISS become a regular weekly feature?  I’d love to hear your feedback!


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  1. Yes…I’m new to the painting or fixing up odd items and appreciate easy projects. Good also for those who don’t have a lot of time. Love all your projects!

  2. Awwww, this is just darling…I really love how you are able to take a simple project and make it shine like this…this is a stool I think anyone would be more than happy to display in their home…I know I would! I have three little wooden stools that I bought at auction…one very similar to the one you have made over here and now, after seeing how you took this little stool and turned it into a superstar, I want to make over all three of mine!

    I hope you and yours are enjoying the last vestiges of Summer 2015! We have just received relief from an awful heatwave here and now I am ready for Autumn to bring its cool crisp air right on in!

    • Oh, for goodness sake…sorry, I meant to say that, yes, I would love if you would make KISS a weekly feature because I’m not very gifted in the ways of repurposing, so the simpler, the better! 🙂

  3. Looks great, Angie…love the photos, too! And I love simple projects…

  4. Simple projects are right up my alley!!! 🙂 Love your little stool!

  5. I love the blog and all the posts you do but yes a small KISS is sometimes just what we need

  6. I’m all for a weekly KISS project post! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

  7. Yes, please!!! I would love some simple projects! I love your stool!

  8. I think I need a few more of those KISS projects 🙂 This little bench is so stylish and easy! Isn’t it great when you find something that only needs a little work in order to be useable again?!?!

  9. Marlene Stephenson says

    Love easy and this stool thanks Angie.

  10. Elaine Briggs says

    Your Bench looks a lot like an end table I had once. I love it anyway. I love all the cute stuff you do. I think KISS ptojects are a great idea. Sometimes I only need 3 or 4 steps, and I can take it from there. Keep it up .I really look forward to tour posts.

  11. Brenda Thompson says

    Yes, I love simple projects. I really enjoy all your makeovers, but mine have to be simple since I’ m not that great at measurements.

  12. Love it Angie!

  13. Yes! Please do weekly “kisses”. I love it!

  14. Yes, i must agree with everyone else, Angie – please add KISS weekly projects – I’m more apt to make them than lengthy ones. LOVE the bench!!

  15. I vote yes!

  16. Janet Hickman says

    Cute ideas

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