Last weekend was my 10 year anniversary and even though I am not supposed to go to any yard sales until I finish my pile, Mr. Rubbish took me to a couple estate sales he found on Craigslist. One of the things he bought me was this bench for $2. What a perfect anniversary gift!
It was old, ugly, and beat up, but I love little benches like this. The finish was already sanded (or worn) off and it was ready for a custom paint job! I took the dirty old cover and padding off and added thicker, foam batting.
I wanted to create a distressed, white-washed finish, so I mixed my white paint with water (about 50/50) and brushed it on. After brushing the paint on, I used a clean rag to rub the paint into the surface and allow some of the natural wood to show through. Next, I sanded the legs, so even more of the original wood showed through on the turned legs. The final step was applying Ralph Lauren glaze (smoke color) and rubbing it off with another clean rag.
To reupholster the seat, I chose this linen, Paris map fabric from my local fabric shop. I actually purchased this fabric to redo my friend's chair and I had extra to cover this bench. She lived in Paris for a while and I know she will love the print. I will post pictures of her chair when it is complete.
This little bench is on its way to the shop!