When I spotted this bench I knew it would be so great painted! It looks like an antique church pew, but I think it was actually hand made by someone more recently. It had such a terrible finish on it, but I knew it had great potential. With a multiple step, but fairly simple, furniture painting technique this bench transformed from plain and ugly to fabulous! This piece is available for purchase on Ebay. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!
First thing I did, as always, was prepare the surface with a good scrub down. TSP is an all purpose cleaner that removes dirt, grease, and grim (among other things). It also de-glosses the surface and allows paint to adhere better. Then I sanded it with 100 grit sandpaper. 100 grit sandpaper is very coarse and will actually create scratches in the wood surface. Because I desire a very shabby, rustic, and beat up appearance 100 grit sandpaper is perfect, but I wouldn’t recommend it on most other furniture painting projects. After it was sanded really well I wiped it down with a clean cloth and got to painting.
The video below shows the steps taken to create the aged look that took this bench from drab to fab!
VIDEO WITH COMPLETE INSTRUCTIONS:
Alchemy fine living is an antiques & home furnishings business located in Santa Ana, Ca. Alchemy can be defined as an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting power or process; transforming something common into something special.
ABOUT MEAlchemy fine living is my antiques & home furnishings business. I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom Connie & I followed our dreams & opened our store in 2008. It's a collection of all the things she & I truly love. We combine antiques with new treasures, as well as, a selection of handcrafted items created by the two of us. We also offer custom sewing, re-upholstery, & furniture painting services.
173 E City Place Dr.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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