Fall Red Painted Bench


I’ve always wanted a red door, how about you?  I just don’t think it would look right on our house.  Our house is painted periwinkle so it would match beautifully, but I feel it would take on too much of a “traditional” look.  As in “stuffy traditional” because of the other traditional elements in our home.  It’s just not me.  However…a red bench is me!  Is it you?  Well, let’s find out.  Allow me to introduce you to our new “Fall Red Painted Bench”…

Fall Red Painted Bench

It’s actually not new at all.  It’s going on 10 years old soon.  I guess that puts it in 5th grade?

Fall Red Painted Bench

Here’s that little red bench 5th grader before I painted it candy apple red (red paint color located at bottom of post)…

Fall Red Painted Bench

Yuck.  The dark brown looked great for a while, but the Winter months up here really take their toll.  When it was brown you could barely see it up against our house.  Here, I’ll prove it…

Fall Red Painted Bench

It just kind of blends in.

Now it POPS and says, “What’s up hot, lady?  Come on over and sit down.  How about a honeycrisp?”

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Fall Red Painted Bench

After I painted it red, I first placed it under our wooden American flag and boy did it look pretty:

Fall Red Painted Bench

Now that Fall is quickly approaching, I couldn’t wait to style it out front with fun Fall items.  I plan on putting it back on the porch after our brick floor is completed.  My husband is working on that now and the big reveal is coming soon.

So, first, I found the mums & the pumpkins at the grocery store (they come out early in Michigan), and then the gingham black & white checkered fabric I had from my Vintage Picnic Basket Centerpiece, so that was easy peasy.  No need to buy an expensive blanket, folks.  This fabric is cheap on-line and you can find it by the yard here: BLACK & WHITE GINGHAM FABRIC.

If you’re interested in that stump, I give a full tutorial here: STUMP TABLE.

Now, I know you may be admiring that cute little stuffed fox with the sweater on.  I fell in love with him at HomeGoods last year for our Cottages & Bungalow’s Magazine Fall Home Tour.  Unfortunately, I doubt they have him now, but you may want to check.  I looked on line and found these really cute FOX PILLOWS.  I also located many affordable BROWN FUR PILLOWS.

I can’t forget that cute glass jug I use everywhere.  I love putting 1 flower at a time in it.  Just something about that.  I found the exact one here: GLASS JUG.

Fall Red Painted Bench

Then on the other side I put my RC Cola Crate and filled it with some fresh apples.  I couldn’t believe it but I found one of those on line, too >>> COLA CRATE.

Fall Red Painted Bench


CHALK BOARD SIGN: I painted a plain particle board with chalk board spray paint to make my “Sweater Weather” sign.  All you do is spray a couple coats and let it dry.  Then “cure” the paint by swiping the board with the side of a piece of chalk, and then erasing it with a chalk board eraser.  Then it’s ready to use over and over again.

RED BENCH:  I have some advice for you.  My husband suggested that I spray paint the bench red.  I said no like an idiot and decided to paint it with a brush.  It took me forever to get this thing to turn red, and the paint even had primer in it.  If I could do it all over again, I would sand the bench a little, and then spray paint it red with this: RED SPRAY PAINT.  It would probably take at least 3 cans of spray paint.

Fall Red Painted Bench

So that’s my “Fall Red Painted Bench Story” for you.  I hope you have a great weekend! XO

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42 Responses

  1. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh I love it, the red is perfect.

  2. Toni says:

    You had me at red! Really pops against the blue and love it under the flag.

  3. Dad and Mom says:

    Wow Great Job, love, Mom and Dad

  4. Becky Tanner says:

    Gorgeous! This is getting me in the mood for the transition from summer to Fall ~ You make your front porch area so cozy & inviting!

  5. Polly Kimmel says:

    Love the red!! How many yards of fabric did you use? I love black and white anything 🙂
    So glad I found you and have subscribed to your blog and newsletter!


  6. Shirley Biagetti says:

    It is gorgeous. I love it.

  7. Edith Weldon says:

    Red perfection❤️❤️❤️The American Flag looks so fab with the bench!
    While the Fall Vignette looks so warm & cozy!! Hurry Fall, in the South we are still in Summer mode with high 90’s!!!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Edith, Oh it’s so humid here. It’s been abnormally humid. When I lived in Florida I didn’t mind it so much, but up here it’s worse for some reason. Hope to clear soon. Have a fun weekend! XO ~ Julie

  8. Carol says:

    It looks great!! Red was the perfect choice. Makes me want to stop by and have an apple. ?

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Carol! Oh you wouldn’t want to do that today, lol. It’s raining and yucky humid, lol! Have a sweet weekend, my friend! ~ Julie

  9. Nancie says:

    Love it! You chose the perfect color of red!

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Thank you, Nancie! I was worried that darn paint would ever cover. It took me quite a few coats. Red can be tricky. Have a great weekend! ~ Julie

  10. Rhonda says:

    Wow, you did it again. That red bench and cola box pop. I’m having fun with a cup,of coffee and your post!!???

  11. Deb says:

    _Fabulous!_ Love the color and theme!
    Congratulations in ur forum! Happy for u to have it out there!!!
    I too ? doing redos & makeovers!

  12. Ivory says:

    The red painted bench is a beautiful color. Although I love the gray, but the red even better. I had so many pieces of wood from two large trees we cut down, but we gave it all away. This was a few years ago. ??
    I love your fall outdoor look. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

  13. Carol says:

    Love, love love it!

  14. Marti VanRvenswaay-Waddell says:

    It’s really fabulous — for fall or any time — now I want to paint our swing red!!! or buy a bench so I can paint IT red!! LOL! Love all you do!!

  15. Ivory says:

    Thank you, I wish you could to. ??

  16. April says:

    Love love love the red bench !! And…love you web site..I’m so inspired by what you have done and I’m now reupholstering a chair for the second time..for our little cabin in the on and keep us’re gifted..

  17. Karen says:

    Great job Red!

  18. Amy says:

    The bench looks great red! U know, I totally scroll to see what “dad says” (“dad and mom” today) because I think it’s so great that he’s like ur number one fan. (And yes I might make that same comment every post, it’s just so sweet though). Keep up the great work. Thanks for always sending inspiration to my inbox!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Amy! I noticed your e-mail. My maiden name is “Urtel”. How about that?! And thank you for your sweet comment! My Mom & Dad are the best!!

  19. Ivory says:

    Excellent choice. The red looks great with your red bricks in your home, as well as all the other outdoor beautiful items you have in your outdoor space.

  20. Kim Krause says:

    I also live in Michigan! Just painted a couple of wood chairs I had red! I love the bright cheery color. I could totally see myself sitting on that bench with a cup of coffee on a lazy fall Sunday. I can’t wait to see how you decorate it for Christmas!

  21. Brenda Graver says:

    I love love love love love the bench and every thing that you have done ………..AMAZEBALLS

  22. ColleenB. says:

    Luv the red; not only the color but the style of the bench, and sure looks great up there on your porch and again; also like your Fall decorating.
    The red really gives off a nice PoP of color.

  23. Darlene says:

    Everything looks so pretty Julie, red being my favorite color gives you a thumbs up for sure great look!

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