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Neutral Tufted Bench DIY (Sort of)

Let me start off by saying I had no plans to pick up a bench, to make a bench, nothing bench related at all. However sometimes things drop into your lap and you just can't help but to run with it! Am I right? Ok, here is the story. I was wondering around TJMaxx (a normal thing for me, lets be honest). As I walked though the area with the furniture I came across this bench. I have always loved them but I never want to pay the amount they go for. This was…..wait for it…..$17! Ummm what!? My first thought was what is wrong with it, and my second thought was just grab it and run. After taking a closer look I realized that it was that price because it had no legs with it. I talked to a sales associate and she told me that apparently they lost the legs somewhere in the warehouse so they were selling just the top of the bench. It was originally $35 (and I guess I am the only crazy one to want it) but had since been marked down even more. I decided to snatch it up and take it home with me.

Here is a horrible iPhone picture of the top after I brought it home. The next step was to pick up some legs.

I made a trip to Lowes to see what they had available. I was trying to make this as cheap as possible since this wasn't something I was planning on doing. I finally grabbed 6 legs, bare wood with the screw already in the leg. They were only about $5 each and with my military discount came to about $26 total. Lowes and Home Depot both offer military discounts if you didn't know! 

Since obviously the legs are a different color then the top I knew I would be painting this little bench of mine. I screwed the legs in to make sure I liked the look before painting. 

All the legs are different colors so I was painting this for sure. I already had chalk paint on hand so I went to town and had a little painting party by myself. A little HGTV and it goes pretty quickly. I did two coats and then let it dry over night. I then sanded down a few spots so it looked nice and worn and then sealed it with a little wax. Such an easy project! Before I show you the end result I wanted give you the total dollar amount and what these usually run for. I found the same bench on Overstock for over $200 and I only spent around $50 total for mine! I would say thats a win! 

Alright so here is how it turned out! I kind of love it! 

I am so glad I decided to grab that bench top when I saw it. I ended up with a one of a kind bench at a fraction of the cost! I wasn't sure where I was going to put this beauty and I ended up trying it at my dining room table. At first I wasn't sure but it is growing on me and I really like how it looks there at the moment. Who knows if it will stay there but for now I am enjoying this adorable bench. 

I hope this encourages you to look at pieces that might be broken or missing pieces and see past that. You can get a great deal on something because of those reasons! What do you think of the end result? Would you have snatched up the bench top with no legs like I did? As I say all the time I would love to hear from you! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

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