“Life is better at the barn” bench
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“Life is better at the barn” bench

Vinyl Bench Embellishment | by Kim Woodward for Silhouette


It was time to breathe new life into an old bench that had seen six years of outdoor wear. A little paint and a fun sentiment in vinyl makes it better than new and the perfect addition to our barn patio.

Here’s how to make your own:

  • Start by designing your sentiment in Silhouette Studio. Because my bench is long and narrow, I ungrouped the design and moved the barn to the horizontally. Then I bumped up the size to fit well on the side of the bench. Move “BARN” off the page (since it will be a different color).

Barn Silhouette Studio

  • Move the word “BARN” onto the page to cut and bump up the size to stand out more.

Barn Silhouette Studio

  • Once the design is cut, apply to the bench with transfer paper.

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  • Then add the arrows to the front by creating a vinyl template and dab with paint. Then use a template to add another arrow to the top with grey paint.

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The arrows are a fun addition. They give the front a little visual interest.


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The bench is perfect for the deck – giving us additional seating and storage for baskets underneath.


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And life really is better at the barn.


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Shapes used:

Products used:

  • Portrait
  • Blade
  • Vinyl
  • Hook

Kim W

I’m a wife, toddler momma, blogger and notorious dabbler. I believe in letting go of perfection and prefer to enjoy the journey and embrace the mistakes. I love decorating, crafting and gardening – and I also believe that nearly anything is cause for celebration. That means I've created more heat transfer T-shirts and customized banners than I can count.

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  1. Oh my…this is the cutest!!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m really happy with how it turned out.

  2. This is so cute, Kim! Now I really want to find some kind of furniture to paint and decorate with vinyl.

    1. I love adding vinyl to furniture. I added some subway art to our end tables, too.

  3. This is great Kim…love the colors you chose!

    1. Thank you! I think it’s perfect for summer!

      1. I love it! Can you tell me what font that is? I never thought of using vinyl as a template to paint, I figured it would bleed through.

  4. I love the bench.

  5. This is great! I think I might just have to copy this idea with the “Life is Better at the Cottage” phrase. Thanks for the inspiration!

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