Farmhouse Painted Bench with Storage

Farmhouse Painted Bench with Storage

I actually prefer to call this bench ‘the boomerang bench’, it’s equally as suitable as a farmhouse painted bench. My husband hated it and couldn’t wait to get rid of it. To paint a clearer picture of its history, well, I purchased it over a year ago with intentions of painting it, but plans change. I ended up keeping it in our small entryway because it seemed perfect for the kids to keep their shoes under and their schoolbags on. Problem is, we don’t really have an entry way so the bench sat close to the front door but in our living room. A bit awkward for the room, but functional.

When one day my customer came to pick up a different piece and mentioned that she had been looking for a bench herself, I told her how much my husband hated this bench. She then called ‘dibs’ on it for whenever we decided to get rid of it. If you’d like to see what she was picking up when she called dibs, you can see it Farmhouse Glam Table.bench-with-seat-storage, storage bench, staten island, wood bench

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Fast Forward

Fast forwarding a bit to our living room makeover in January. While clearing out our living room for its makeover, it was finally time to get rid of the bench. I didn’t have room in my storage unit for it so I reached out to that customer to see if she was ready to claim dibs on the storage bench. She was! BUT under one condition – that it be painted off white and distressed. We made a unique arrangement and I brought the bench to her with the promise to paint it once the living room makeover was completed. The bench is out of the house! But like a boomerang, it has come back for its custom painted furniture makeover. unfinished-wood-storage-bench, new york, painted bench, painted furniture, farmhouse

Painting a Farmhouse Style Storage Bench

I don’t quite think you can call this a farmhouse painted bench yet, not with the orange glow of that wood, but in time we will be able to. Then entire bench was prepped for paint. This is my process for How to Prep Painted Furniture.  Next, I laid the bench down on furniture dollies to paint the legs under the seat first. The bench is being painted in Vintage Lace by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint, which is a creamy off-white. lay-down-to-paint-bottom, painted bench, storage bench

Once the inner legs area was painted, distressed and sealed with Matte clear protective sealer I then stood the bench back up on its legs to continue. paint-bottom-first, painted bench, farmhouse painted bench, distressed white, chalk paint

A little trick to painting with white, or off white is to do the first coat in a shade of gray. By painting gray first, it acts as a sort of primer. Often white paint needs more coats, due to less pigment and can be frustrating to get decent coverage. I always paint my first coat in a light gray (in this case I used Tahoe first) then followed by the creamy off white.  The sides of the bench also had these holes that needed to be painted. side-holes, artist brush, chalk paint, distressed white, new york, painted bench

I simply used an artist brush to paint inside the holes to make sure that they match the rest of the painted benchartist-brush-in-holes, painted bench, farmhouse bench, distressed white

Once the entire bench was painted, it was then distressed and sanded in its entirety with a fine grit sandpaper for a super smooth finish. The edges were distressed creating a farmhouse style appearance to the painted benchdistressed-paint, farmhouse style, distressed chalk paint, painted bench, farmhouse painted bench, storage bench, staten island

The Result – Farmhouse Painted Bench with Storage

This boomerang bench is ready to bounce right back to its forever home. farmhouse-style-off-white-painted-bench, storage bench, painted bench, just the woods, staten islandbench-with-storage, painted bench, staten island, new york, wooden bench off-white-chalk-paint, farmhouse style, distressed white, painted bench, staten island, painted furniture off-white-painted-farmhouse-bench, painted bench, painted furniture, chalk paint, pure home paint, vintage lace

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