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Using Wrong Paint Color The First Time Around
Custom Mix Paint Color
This is the headboard bench the JTS and I put together a few weeks ago. I think it turned out great. We had a few issues but this is the first headboard bench we ever attempted. I have another headboard and footboard that we can turn into a bench. I haven’t broke the news to the JTS yet.
The vintage bed was a full or double as they called them in the old days. The bench ended up being about 56 inches long.
The bed had a blond finish and really pretty carved wood details.
We put the bench together over a few days. Working on it when we had time. I know this project is not for beginning diyer’s but some of you may want to attempt it. The project was a lot of fun. You can see how we but it together here….DIY Headboard Bench.
My original plan was to paint the bench black and distress all those lovely details. I planned to leave the brown wood reclaimed table top as is. I started painting then stained the unfinished wood braces to match the bench seat. Not loving the look.
I was visiting in Arkansas just after I posted the bench build and my sister gave me her opinion on the bench color. She felt the same way I did about the black and the stained wood. After talking it over we both came to the conclusion that the bench should be a different color and the same color all over. Thanks little sis.
I pulled a jar of turquoise paint I mixed up myself from the paint shelf and went to work.
After two coats of paint I was satisfied and moved on to distressing the paint.
I started on the headboard details distressing the paint by hand with 100 grit flexible sandpaper. I stepped back to look at the distressing and didn’t like it at all. The black paint showing through just made the paint look dirty and the blonde finish showing through looked like raw wood.
I pulled out the paint and a paint brush and painted over the distressing. It looks much better not distressed.
The headboard and footboard were not perfect. There were little dings and imperfections but the overall look works.
Miss Sofi couldn’t help but get in the photos. When I try to take pictures of her she either makes funny faces or hides her face. As sure as I’m trying to take photos of a project she wants in. I don’t mind at all. I love seeing that smiling face.
So what do you think? If you don’t want to attempt the bench build you might find one to paint and make your own. I’m such a fan of the color I mixed from leftover paints I plan to paint a sample board and have my own paint mixed at the hardware store. I’ll share the color code once it’s mixed.
You can also find this project at RYOBI NATION.
You guys have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow, Kathy