Paint a bench white and then distress the paint.
Wait until you see the mess this bench was in. It had a padded seat and I did all kinds of work and recovered the seat just to find out the thing was all wonky.
You get the complete tutorial and an update on hubby and his broken arm.
The bench was painted white when I bought it. Not a pretty white. Too glossy.
I got the bench at the Nashville Flea Market. The padded seat top wasn’t attached when I bought it but I didn’t think anything about it.
It had a nice storage area for odds and ends.
The JTS (hubby, aka Junktion Technical Specialist) removed the screws that were on the bottom side of the padded top.
We added the wood pegs to the holes to hide the screws. And the remaining holes I filled with wood filler. I didn’t care for the shininess of the paint so I brushed on a coat of Beyond Paint in Off-White ((find the paint here)It has just a slight sheen, almost a flat look.
Couldn’t find a thing. I stumbled around the workshop and found these sheets. They are old ones I was going to use for rags. I thought the really muted design with the goldish stripes would work well with the off-white paint and also maintain the neutral look.
I washed the sheet, cut it to size and stapled it over the existing padding and fabric cover. I laid the newly covered seat on the bench and thought…”This doesn’t look right, it’s sticking out way too far plus the fabric looks crappy”.
I tried lifting the front edge of the seat and pushing it back so it could be secured with the hinges on the base of the seat. No go. There was no way the seat top could be attached with the padding on.
Apparently the seat was never attached after the fabric padding was added. That's what I get for not checking the piece out a bit more before buying it. Now what?
I decided to remove the fabric and the padding….there had to be a wood board under there, right? I pulled out about a million staples…okay, maybe a couple hundred. The JTS came out to the workshop about the time I was ready to pull my hair out and took over with the staple pulling. He’s awesome.
You can’t see it in this photo but the wood was badly damaged. I guess the bench had been left in the rain and the wood was all rippled. Now, how to work with that.
You can see the badly damaged wood in the photo above. I decided to give it a good sanding and see what happened.
I grabbed a sander, then a different sander and I sanded on that top forever. There were still a few ripples when I quit but I could work with that. I also distressed the bench while I had the sanders out.
Now that the bench was all white with just a little distressing it needed something else. Something simple. I decided to add a stencil and the color I wanted for the stenciled design was a taupy grayish brown. Nothing I had was the perfect color so I mixed a brown and gray together to get the perfect color.
I could have stenciled a large design, big words, flowers…. just about anything…..but I decided to go simple. I turned the bench on it’s back and went to work. Stenciling is so easy. Remember….dry brush, dry brush, dry brush.
I was going to quit at “sit”. It felt off balance. I know, I’m nuts. Anyway, I added just a bit of branch in the corner of the seat panel.
Again I used a stencil because I can't even paint a simple branch freehand.
Some people would probably prefer not to have the stencil but I like it.
White Farmhouse Style Bench
I bought the fabric to make a bench pad but so far that hasn’t happened. The bench would be perfect on a front porch, in the foyer, or just about anywhere.
How about a video on stenciling like a pro? I made this just for you.....
How To Stencil
I completed the farmhouse style white bench 4 years ago. Some of you have never seen it and it's fun to take a look back. I guess you can call this throwback Thursday. It seems like I worked on this project just last week. Time sure goes fast.
An update on the hubby. He is still trying to recover from surgery for his broken arm. He doesn't sleep very well at night and doesn't have much energy. I think he is frustrated because he can't do much with just one hand. We've only had a couple of cranky days between the two of us.....so far.
As always thanks for being here! I know you have other things to do and I appreciate the time you spend with me and my craziness. Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com