DIY: Upcycling Garage-Sale Finds

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Upcycling a garage-sale find can be a perfect DIY project. Photo: Dinah Wulf

Upcycling a garage-sale find can be a perfect DIY project. Photo: Dinah Wulf

I adore going to garage sales. With a little time and effort, you can find hidden treasures that just need a little TLC. You’re helping sellers off-load their unwanted items (so those hidden treasures don’t end up in the trash!) while also helping yourself by saving a few bucks.

Not long ago, I bought a red bench for $5 at a garage sale. I brought it home and turned it into the perfect DIY weekend project.

With a little cleaning and by adding an upholstered cushion, I upcycled my find into something fun and comfy.

Ready to tackle your own found-furniture face-lift? Follow my step-by-step process.

To do a project like mine, you’ll need:

  • A bench (or similar type of furniture)
  • Spray paint with primer
  • High-density craft foam
  • Scissors
  • A yardstick
  • Fabric
  • A staple gun and heavy-duty staples

Next page: Steps 1 and 2: Cleaning and painting

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