March 6, 2015 by Terry
Today I would like to talk about how simple it is to update a piece of furniture!
When this bench came to me it was really quite bland. The off white paint had yellowed and even though the fabric seat was in mint condition, it was very outdated for today’s style.
Next I mixed up 1/4 cup of Typewriter (MMS Milk Paint) and added 1/4/ cup of bonding agent. I did not want the chippy effect I may have gotten without it. Even though I did sand it down first, adding the bonding agent ensures that it won’t chip.
I applied my first coat of paint to the frame. Because I like to do multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat of paint, it dries rather quickly and gives me a smooth, even finish. I also find that when I use bonding agent in the paint that sometimes I don’t need to sand it either. (UNLESS I feel brushstrokes or tiny bumps when I run my hand over it)
When you are painting a piece of furniture finish is VERY important and makes the difference between home made looking or professionally done.
I cannot stress it enough when I say that if you take your time and do a job properly, it is easy to achieve a professional look. Anyone can do this by taking the time to follow each step even if it is one that is not particularly enjoyable. For me the nasty part of the job is the sanding and prep work. I just want to get to the “good” part of a project. I always force myself to prep properly or I won’t achieve the finish I want. If I’m going to attach my name to it, it MUST be done well!
Okay… enough of that lecture! :)
I applied 3 light coats of milk paint to the frame. Between coats of paint I upholstered the bench seat. Super easy to do also as it is just a large rectangle and there was no piping around it. This too was another 10 minute job. Simply cut a piece of fabric to the size of the top and pull the fabric around the seat and fasten with staples underneath. Do not pull the fabric too tight or you will see pulling of the fabric and it won’t look even. Just make it snug enough to maintain a nice smooth surface all over.
After your frame is dry and you have achieved the desire look of the painted finish, reattach the seat to the frame. This bench only had 6 screws holding the top in place so it was super easy to reassemble.
And here it is!
I fell in love with this print while out shopping for fabric for another piece. It was on sale and I couldn’t leave it. It was originally $29.00/meter, I had no plans for it at the time … just knew I loved it :) Turns out it was perfect for this project.
When you restyle a piece like this it gives it versatility. Originally this piece looked like it was really meant for the end of a bed in someones bedroom. Now it could be used for an entryway to sit on and tie your shoes, or in a living room as an ottoman/coffee table (this is how I styled it for the photo shoot). It would also compliment a dining table as extra seating for dinner, or in a breakfast nook…. endless options :) …. In a bathroom with wire baskets under it filled with fresh towels…. Okay, you get the idea(s) I’ll stop now :)
It is hard to tell on these pictures because of the fluffy rug, but I added small castors to the bottoms of the legs to make it easier to move around. Especially if it is being used as dining room seating, it is easier to pull up to the table and you don’t need to climb over it.
This project took a total of 2 hours to complete and most of that was waiting for the paint to dry between coats. A little effort and the right choices in materials = a huge impact! New life and new uses for this bench!
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