You know that one piece of furniture that you've always wanted but just couldn't find for the right price??? Well, for me that was an entryway bench. I loooovvvee the functionality, and how much fun they are to style for different seasons. So when I stumbled upon this sweet little church pew I knew I couldn't go home without it. The color however was not exactly my favorite, so I did a little tutorial for you on how to paint a piece of furniture using chalk paint while still making it appear old and rustic. I like when paint has layers and character. Almost like it's been painted several times over many years and the older colors are peeking through. This style is not for everyone but I absolutely love it!
The color however was not exactly my favorite, so I did a little tutorial for you on how to paint a piece of furniture using chalk paint while still making it appear old and rustic. I like when paint has layers and character. Almost like it's been painted several times over many years and the older colors are peeking through. This style is not for everyone but I absolutely love it!
Here is a picture after the first step. I mixed Amy Howard's One Step Paint in Graphite and Black together (equal parts).
This pic was snapped after step two. I applied Amy Howard's Toscana paint in Noir. This is a milk paint, that you can either use on raw wood or over her One Step paint. I wanted to show you a picture of what it looks like wet and dry because it lightens so much. No worries though, it darkens up once it's sealed.
I also wanted to show you the drippiness you'll get with this product. You want this, it gives it so much character. DRIPS=GOOD! ;) *this is the only time I will encourage drips*
Once dry, I very gently buffed away some of the milk paint with a 220 block sander. I only did this in a few areas. I didn't choose to take it down to the wood like I normally would because I didn't want the blue to peek through at all. So, as soon as I saw the gray color I stopped sanding. I ended up sealing it with 3 coats of satin polyurethane since I have children and they are rough on furniture.
Here is the after, all comfy in it's new home. :) We picked up a piece of whitewood from Lowes for the shelf, and the brackets are from good ol Ikea. I stained the wood with a mix of 3/4 special walnut and 1/4 dark walnut. Hooks are from Hobby Lobby. I will leave a source list below for other items.
I'm so glad I found this lil diamond in the rough. I just about passed on it because I knew the hubby wasn't going to approve. But I convinced him into letting me buy it by agreeing to sell it if he didn't like it after I finished it. Well I'm assuming he likes it because he helped me hang the shelf and hooks. :) What do you guys think???
Have a great weekend ya'll!
Pillows, candle stick, plant, frames, basket-Ikea
Lantern, wreath-Hobby Lobby