This bench is a cute little piece that was handmade by a friend’s Grandpa. This friend and his wife are currently raising support to get to the mission field in France and when they moved out of their spacious home and downsized to a small apartment, this lovely little bench needed a new home and they so generously offered it to me. It’s rare that I turn down free furniture that’s well made, so I was thrilled to offer it a spot in my home and knew I would paint it. Paint is my love language. 😉
I love that this bench not only provides ample seating, but the lid opens to reveal tons of storage inside! Perfect for
hiding candy from the kids my massive Costco napkin binge purchases. And a few rarely used tablecloths.
Meet the Bench
You can see that we set it up on an old green chest in our workshop – (that green part underneath isn’t part of the bench) – to make it a little easier to paint. While there was nothing technically wrong with the bench as it was, it didn’t suit my style – my friends knew this and were ok with me painting this family piece. So we used it as it was for a few months – I had more pressing things to work on – like my cabinets and (my favorite) the floors – until the bench got it’s turn to tango with my paintbrush.
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When I finished my cabinets, I had some leftover paint (and at $30 a quart, you can bet I wasn’t going to let it go to waste) – so I decided to use it. I also still had a nagging question in my mind – wondering if I would have a different outcome than my cabinets since this bench was much lighter in color. So…..I decided to dive right in again, with no primer. (I just HAD to see for myself if it made a difference).
Painting the Bench
After removing the two hinges, giving the bench a light sanding and then wiping it down to remove any dust, I grabbed my favorite brush and my leftover paint and gave it the first coat. No priming. I *really wanted* to see this paint cover in two coats like I had heard of it doing for someone else. This was lighter wood and I was hoping for the best.
Let me cut to the chase and tell you ….it didn’t cover in two coats. When all was said and done, I had gone over it 4 times until it finally had good coverage. After the paint had dried, I went over it in a few places with my sander to give it some wear – trying to think of where it would naturally get the most wear – on the bottom front edge, where feet would rest, on the curved arms and back. I didn’t distress it a ton – just a little – and I like it that way.
After the light distressing, I gave it three coats of the high performance poly and called it good. I thought about doing some graphics on it, but in the end decided to wait – I have another piece in the works that is calling for some graphics, so this bench is safe….for now. 🙂
So tell me…have you tried graphics on a painted piece? How did it turn out? Let me know in the comments – I need all the tips I can get. 😉