This DIY Garden Bench Makeover is the perfect solution to give me a place  to rest or set my gardening tools and it didn’t cost me a thing!

Don’t you love it when you can upcycle something you already own and use it to solve a current need, rather than buying something new? Those are my favorite kind of projects!

You will need a pillow insert, and a zippered, plain pillow cover.  Link below shows the one I used.

My mother-in-law gave me this garden bench I gave it a makeover to use to set my tools, or cold drink when I’m working in the garden.

We sanded it to remove the flowers, then sprayed it with Krylon Fusion spray paint in Matte Clamshell color.

Then I sprayed the top of each little birdhouse picket with copper spray paint.  I love the way it shimmers in the sun!

I decided to place my transfers offset in one corner, but the fun part about making your own pillows is that you can place the transfer anywhere you like!

I made very simple stencils using my Cricut Maker and cut them out on stenciling vinyl.

I painted the stencils with black outdoor paint, and then used a Sharpie Paint Marker for touch-ups!  I love these pens!

I gave the entire bench a coat of UV protectant clear coat so it was durable for outside use.  Then it was ready for my garden!

It’s the perfect place to set my cold drink, my basket, and my tools. It's even sturdy enough to sit on for a break while garening.

It looks like a little vintage garden stand from a farmers' market, don't you think?

Plus, doesn’t it just look so cute next to the raised-bed, deer-proof garden we built last summer? Follow the link below to see all the details on this garden build!

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