Ever have those Friday afternoons when you get off work early, it’s a lovely day and you just want something quick and easy to work on before the weekend starts for real? Well, this is how I found myself, I had a garage full of yet-to-be started projects but they were all big projects and I was feeling too lazy to start anything major, then I spotted an old bench that had been sat in my project pile for a few months while I had been waiting for inspiration to strike, and that is what happened. I pulled this thing out with the intention of painting it up and making it weather proof to go outside the front of my house which is particularly bare and boring. I cleaned the dirt and dust off, gave it a quick sand with 220 grit sandpaper and painted on the first coat of primer.
As I was finishing the primer one of my neighbors walked past the open garage and stopped to see what I was working on, as it was, the bench was one that I had bought from them originally, he then told me that his wife, who is a friend of mine, was looking for a bench to go in their entryway for their boys to sit on to take shoes on and off, at that point all my plans went out the window as I decided I’d much rather paint it to be used by their family than just sat outside my house.
When the primer was dry, I started with the fist coat of Chalk Paint, for this I used Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen, an hour later and this was dry enough for me to sand it gently to get some of the brush strokes out and then applied a second coat. After a quick break to start dinner, I put on the first coat of Polycrylic clear varnish. Whilst that was drying I used my Silhouette Curio to cut a vinyl quote to apply to the bench.
After applying the vinyl I sanded and distressed the bench and applied two more coats of Polycrylic. Early Saturday morning and it was all finished and dry and made an awesome (and much appreciated) gift for my friend.