Red painted entryway bench makeover

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How to Make A Fabulous Mudroom Bench On A tight budget


I love clean pastel colors around the house, but I also like to mix in some intense colors like a super-strong red.

If you think about red, it can be combined with so many different home decor themes. It can be added to the garden and front porch, to a coastal beach themed house, to fall decoration, to Christmas or a 4th of July decoration.

I can go on, but today I want to show you how we gave a pop of color for an entryway by giving a full makeover for this old sad wood bench.


diy mudroom bench

Accessories & supplies for this mudroom bench DIY

  • Rags
  • Brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Electric sander
  • Paper Towels
  • Stir Sticks
  • Drop Cloths or Newspapers


Preparation of wooden mudroom entry bench

DIY garden bench

If you really want to repair and cover all cracks of an old wooden bench you should take it apart. So you can sand it everywhere. This entryway bench was very easy to disassemble, so I went with it. If you are not up to it, I would say it’s okay don’t stress it, but you will have to get into the joints with the sandpaper.


Why is sanding the most important part of remodeling old wood furniture?


Most likely that wooden bench has seen better days and the elements damaged it throughout the years. If you would try to paint over the cracks or old paint, then the new paint job will start chipping off pretty soon, and your hard work is now ruined. Probably the bench has rough spots; then you want to smooth those stubborn spots before painting.


Sanding your wooden mudroom bench

mudroom bench ideas

We usually sand it twice. Here is the short version of how we did it with our entryway bench:

  • Started with a medium grade of sandpaper (e.g., #120) using an electric sander. You can do it by hand, but if you have a sander, it makes your life so much easier.
  • Cleaned it with a wet rug and let it dry.
  • Painted it with sanding sealer to seal all imperfection of the wood.
  • Sanded down with light sandpaper (E.G., #220). This step creates the perfect smooth surface for painting.
  • Cleaned it again and waited to dry.

If you need a little more detail on this process, check out our wooden dining table makeover post. 


Choosing the right paint for your bench makeover


Before we get to your preferred home decor style, think for a second and choose the right paint for your bench DIY. Where you’re gonna use this bench? Will it be on your porch? Is your outdoor space covered? Or would you rather use the bench indoors and want to create a cozy mudroom entry? Either way, you want to make sure you chose the right paint to give the bench a long life with durable protection.


Rustic mudroom bench

For the rustic look, we like to show the wood and its color. When we work on a rustic DIY furniture project, we choose a wood stain.

choose stain color for repurposed wood furniture

Usually, we pick up 2 or 3 different color wood stain and try them out on the wood where you can’t see it later. Or better if you have a piece you won’t use in the project try them on it.

Here is another easy rustic bench DIY idea you can make from reclaimed wood.


Farmhouse style bench

Of course, farmhouse home decoration is still in. A lot of people like the look, and even though there are some rumors, it will be gone soon, DIYers out there keeps updating there home with farmhouse furniture. If you need inspiration for farmhouse bench look with pillows and shoe storage check out my fav. Most popular paint is chalk paint to create a beautiful farmhouse look.


Eclectic style entryway bench

Back to our current red entryway bench project. We wanted a real pop of color and went with the eclectic look.

mudroom bench seat

Since we knew this bench would be used on the porch and probably later in the entryway we chose the Behr Hi-Gloss Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint. I love it the wooden bench got a new life, and it is amazing!

mudroom bench cushion

We painted the hard to get places first, then all flat surfaces. Waited to dry and painted an extra coat.


Decorating mudroom bench ideas


Aren’t we all love to add some texture and fun decoration to our furniture? 😉 When it comes to how to style an entryway bench, we have some easy budget-friendly options.


Entryway bench throw pillows


My favorite and easy decor is to add some throw pillows. This time I found these around the house to take some quick pictures, but later on, I would like to make some new macrame textured pillowcases. I will update you guys with that DIY project. 

mini mudroom bench

Entryway bench mirror


If you decide to make this bench part of a cozy mudroom you can add a mirror and coat rack too. I would go with a simple light color on the wall and a light probably greyish driftwood framed mirror like this below. I don’t know; I have to see the whole picture…

entryway bench with mirror

Entryway bench fabric and mudroom bench cushion


I’m still debating on the cushion. I think it will be super comfy to have a cushion on this bench. The 5-inch cushion is relatively cheap, and to cover it with a beautiful fabric should be an easy DIY project.

Bench with shoe storage


Another idea I’m toying with. If we decide to have this bench indoors, it would make sense to have some cute baskets under it for our shoes. We live in the rainforest, walk a lot with the dogs and working a lot in our garden. Hoping to store our shoes under the entryway bench would save me from some floor cleaning.


Ooooh this Fabulous Mudroom Bench


Well, it can be done without breaking the bank. I love how this old, very sad wooden bench came to live again. Not only it looks new but has a very vibrant color too. Let’s see how much we spent on our DIY mudroom bench:

  • The bench was FREE!
  • Rugs for cleaning free. We used some old t-shirts.
  • Electric sander… we had one, but you can totally do it by hand too.
  • $7.97 for a pack of 3M Pro Grade Precision 9 in. x 11 in. 80, 150, 220 Assorted Grits Advanced Sanding Sheets (6-Pack)
  • $18 for a QRT of Minwax® Water Based Sanding Sealer 1-Qt
  • $32 for a Gal. of Behr Hi-Gloss Enamel Interior/Exterior Paint (but we have a lot of leftovers and thinking to use it to paint the door too.) 

So that’s it. Way under $100 we got a new beautiful entryway bench and leftover paint for another DIY project. I hope you got inspired and will get to remodel your mudroom or porch before the cold, muddy weather comes.  Do you like DIY home decor tutorials? Check out my other popular posts:


As always don’t forget to pin it and share with your fellow DIYers and if you want to show off your wood bench project, please leave a comment below.

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  1. Melissa

    What an amazing transformation! I love this! I actually just saw a bench like this at our local Habitat for Humanity thrift store for like $7 and I was trying to think of how I could fix it up. Now I’ve gotta go back and see if it’s still there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Andrea

      Run back Melissa! 🙂 Trift finds are perfect for DIY projects. We figured almost all wooden furniture can be brought back to life with a little sanding and painting. Have fun with your mudroom bench project!

  2. Rachael

    Love the colour! It will definitely make you smile when you enter the house.

    • Andrea

      Definately Rachel. It looks so cozy now.

  3. Brenda

    What a great idea! Who knew that a bench like that could come apart in so many pieces! I am the worst. I always keep everything together and try and paint them. Loved how you were able to recycle that bench to make it work for you and your family. I wonder what I have in storage that I could fix up?

    • Andrea

      I remember as a kid I went to my grandpa’s storage to look for some old wood. There were some serious DIY projects in his house. 😉

  4. Kate Murray

    I love DIY projects, and this is really awesome! A great step-by-step…I actually have an old bench and never even thought to take it apart and rehab it!

    • Andrea

      I hope you got inspired by this DIY bench post and will give a nice fresh paint and makeover for your bench.

  5. Jenn Summers

    Such an incredible transformation. I’m not usually a fan of red but I absolutely love this! Great job restoring this bench.

    • Andrea

      Interestingly I’m not a fan of the red either, but sometimes I feel like it’s a good pair with something. 😉

  6. Kirsten

    I love this project. The bright red color is gorgeous and definitely adds some character to an entryway.

  7. Pamela

    I love the shape of this bench! A lot of elbow grease but it was worth it–turned out amazing!

    • Andrea

      True that. It was a loooong sanding process, but the bench is super cute now.


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