So happy to be back today to share a fun new furniture makeover with you guys, this bench makeover
I LOVE furniture makeovers.
My friends do too and we get together every month to share a themed furniture makeover with you.
This month’s theme is “SHADES OF WHITE”.
To see previous month’s themes, click here –> Themed Furniture Makeovers.
Today I’m sharing a white bench makeover that a friend of mine gave to me.
It looks as if it were painted or something such as PolyShades was applied at some point.
I didn’t ask her because, well, it doesn’t really matter!! ;)
I’m painting it anyway.
This is just for “before” purposes only.
I gave a light sand to those chippy areas and got to painting.
I used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in the color Pure White.
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It took about 3 light coats of paint. (I didn’t want it “gloppy” so I applied thin coats)
In case you don’t remember, I highly dislike painting chairs.
All those spindles….and this was like painting 3! ;)
But I survived it.
Once it was good and dry I laid the stencil over the seat area.
This is the stencil I used, French Poem Allover Stencil – DIY wall decor stencils – By Cutting Edge Stencils.
It was gifted to me by a reader here who has become a dear, sweet friend of mine!
Thank you Karen. :)
You’ll want to use a stencil brush similar to these…. The Artist’s Club Papillon Stencil Brush Set.
I originally was going to do the stencil in black but decided I wanted it a bit softer than that.
I used Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in the color Duck Egg Blue instead.
So much softer and prettier and goes better with that pretty French writing.
And shhh….but I messed up a bit!! haha…clearly I am not a stencil aficionado.
I totally forgot about the repeating pattern and just stenciled away! OOPSY!
See the “O” and the “et” on the first and second lines??? Yeah…repeating pattern…and about when I noticed.
And so my nice little stencil was not going to be centered because the last two lines had words that fell off the seat.
I just picked two smaller words that fit and stenciled those instead.
Thankfully no one here can read French but I apologize for messing this up for those out there that do!! ;)
Alright, now that I have revealed my error, let’s get on with the makeover.
I used a fine grit sandpaper and lightly sanded every edge.
And then also lightly sanded the French wording.
I wanted it to look like and old French bench, worn from age.
I originally thought I’d use this on my front porch but I quite like it right here.
Right in front of the window in my Study. (right where my flocked Christmas tree was at Christmas)
But it needed a little “cozy” so I added a throw and a pillow.
I added a throw and a sweater pillow from Target. The pillow is similar to this one…Cotton Knitted Cushion Cable Knitting Super Soft Square Pillow Cover.
Such a cozy sitting spot now!
I love it here in front of the window.
And I have to share the new pillow I just picked up from Michael’s last night.
Look at those colors?! They match the throw and curtain beside it perfectly.
Happy dance. I knew when I saw it, it would be perfect on the bench.
I think I will layer it with the off white sweater pillow for a bit of contrast though!
So there is my “Shades of White” themed makeover for this month.
Next month’s theme is “Inspired by Chocolate”! I have NO clue what I’m doing yet….stay tuned, should be a fun one!
Check out what my friends did with their white makeovers this month.
I can’t wait to go see them all! :)
Stay tuned for my latest makeover! (it got a RE makeover!)
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!