This deep purple bench is made of metal. It is a garden bench that is used outdoors, so it took a little different prep work than most of my usual projects, which tend to be wood furniture for indoor use. Because it is made of metal I used a special primer that sticks to metal, glass, and other glossy, non-porous surfaces. Because the bench will be exposed to the elements I used a paint that is different than what I would typically suggest for the final coat.
To prep the bench I just gave it a good cleaning, no need to sand it or scuff it up like I typically do. I used a bonding primer. It actually specifically says on the label that there is no need to sand. It also says that TSP should not be used to clean the surface, so I just used dish detergent and water to remove dust and any oils that might have been on the surface. The bonding primer is an oil based product made by Zinsser.
This primer gets excellent coverage, so it only took one coat. After priming the bench I did lightly sand it before applying my top coats.
For the top coat I used a beautiful pale blue from Sherwin Williams. The Pro Industrial line of paints made by Sherwin Williams includes high-performance coatings that are super durable. The particular paint that I used was the Zero VOC Acrylic. It can be applied directly to metal and resists rust. It got amazing coverage and made for a beautiful finish. It was so easy to spray with this paint. It should have probably only taken one coat to cover the bench with this product, but because it has so many different angles that I had to come at it from it took three different coats to get it perfect. This was my first time working with this paint and I loved it, I for sure would recommend it to anyone.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.