Friday, March 25, 2011

"B" is for Bench #4

A bench makeover.

This bench went from out-of-the-box boring to beautiful blue.

I purchased this bench back in August to use at the dining table for the kids, easy in - easy out.  It was always meant to be temporary.  Then I found chairs for the dining table and the bench became a coffee table.

The kids like the open floor space in the living room to play but still need a surface to put books on, to draw and color, for drinks, etc.

The bench serves that purpose well.

Although it was fine in it's original state I wanted to make it my own.

Here's how I did it:

1. Sanded with 120 grit to remove poly and rough up edges.
2. Applied Minwax special walnut stain to legs only:

3. One coat Kilz primer on slats:

4. One coat paint Behr sage:

5. One coat paint Behr vintage velvet:

6. Sanded with 120 grit:

7. One coat paint watered-down white.

8. One coat BM buxton blue:

9. Sanded 120 grit to distress.
10. Applied Minwax special walnut stain.
11. Applied one coat satin poly.

Basically I layered up the paint using colors I already had, then distressed and stained it.

It's a bit coastal but fits right in.

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  1. This bench is beautiful! Come link up today!
    Have a great day!

  2. That is a fabulous finish and great tutorial! Love it!

  3. I'm looking for a bench just like this to serve as a fill in for stools at the breakfast bar till my kids are older. They just like to stand and watch or help momma stir and bake stuff right now. Mind sharing where you found yours? Great job!!!

  4. How pretty! I love the layered paint treatment! It's definitely coastal.

  5. Hello, found you at homeroad link party just a few entries down from mine. Love the blue color of the bench!

  6. GORGEOUS! The color is so soothing and subtle and pretty. I would love to have you share this at my VIP party today =)

  7. Oh I am in love! I really like how you left part of it natural. I soooo need to make one!

  8. Looks great! Love how the color turned out :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  9. Coastal is great. I love the open work on it and the color is wonderful. :)

  10. I love how you made it your own - it looks so pretty and yet will stand up to the wear and tear of kids and coffee mugs.

  11. love the colors, turned out wonderful!

  12. adorable and i love the distressed look!


  13. I love all of your benches...this one is great...don't miss out on entering my giveaway over on my blog....spread the word too!!!
    thanks for sharing..Mariaelena

  14. Great paint technique! It looks beachy chic!

  15. I love the paint technique and the results! Beautiful job! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing in the DIY Project Parade. I love seeing your creativity linked up!


  16. That is beautiful!! I love the paint technique you used. I have always been too afraid to try new paint techniques, but your bench looks so pretty, I'm going to have to try it someday!
    Hope you have a wonderful day.

  17. OMGosh! I have that same bench. I had to round off the corners because it kept on gouging the wall, and scratching up my table legs. Yours looks FANTASTIC! What a great inspiration piece.

  18. love it! the layered paint is so soft, yet rich looking. great job, i am so impressed with your paint skills!!

  19. Wow I love this, all those colors, it's amazing how it turned out, Wonderful job!

  20. It looks fantastic! :) I will be featuring this over at Making the World Cuter tomorrow-great job!

  21. it look great, nice job. i have a party that goes from tues-thurs, i would love you shared this.