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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Project: McGuire bench

I've been wanting a bench to put in our entryway, but I'm not ready to spring for a Nelson bench, which is what I'd eventually like to have. I mentioned that to my former SIL the other day when he came to pick up the boys, and he said he had just the bargain for me.

He picked up a McGuire bench at an estate sale, thinking he'd do something with it. Like so many of us, though, he never found the time, so he said he'd sell it to me for $50...and even give me the fabric to reupholster it. Who can resist a deal like that?

Granted, it's in pretty rough condition, but a piece of high density foam and a piece of MDF to replace the sagging seat will get the piece back in sound structural condition. The rest is purely cosmetic.

Estate sale photo of McGuire bench

Although I usually don't paint furniture, I think this time I will, since it will be in an area with several different wood colors, and I don't want to add another. I'm considering a dark charcoal chalk paint, waxed to a soft sheen, with light gray upholstery. A couple of colorful pillows ought to add just the right amount of pizzazz.

Incidentally, the McGuire Furniture Company was founded in 1948 by John and Elinor McGuire and produced high quality rattan and wood furniture for both indoors and outdoors. The company is still in business today.

John and Elinor McGuire


  1. That looks like a fun project. Will you tackle it yourself? I like the idea of a dark charcoal. With that price you can't go wrong. If you ever replace it with a Nelson bench, it would be a handy piece at the end of your bed to catch your clothes. Nice score Dana.

    1. Jamie, I thought the same thing. How could I lose at that price, and it could always go somewhere else if I decide to spring for a Nelson bench. I'll do it myself, and it won't cost much or take much time either.

  2. What a beautiful bench. It has beautiful lines. Everything can fit somewhere, right?

    White Spray Paint

    1. Yes, Laura, we seem to be able to find just one more spot to rescue another beautiful old piece.