Painted Bench with French Stencil

Painted Bench with French Stencil

Yikes! It’s amazing what we put our furniture through. This little bench had some bizarre damage on top when it was brought to me. I’m not quite sure what it was, whether scratches or something spilled. Needless to say, it needs to be addressed! mystery-damage, damaged furniture, damaged bench

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The Before – Unfinished Bench

This bench came with a sleek black finish and red distressed edges. Both features that I plan to get rid of.damaged-bench-top, ballard designs bench, wood bench, painted furniture, staten island

The kids are off from school for winter break and the weather has been amazing so I grabbed my favorite electric sander and my full of energy kids and took to the back yard. I sanded away that mystery damage while they ran amuck around the yard tiring themselves out. And after three days home from school, they’ve completely tired me out too.  sanded-bench, electric sander, painted benchSanding the entire bench with the sander actually made my prep a bit easier, next, all I have to do is wipe the bench clean. This is my process for How to Prep Painted FurnitureI’m always down for making prep work easier! Once the sanding was done and the kids were worn out we headed back inside. Since they have been home I was only able to work in small timeframes at a time.

Painting the Bench

Lucky for me, the kids decided to take a nap!  What?! They don’t even nap anymore, there must be a full moon! While they recharged themselves I went on ahead and started to paint the bench. Since the bench was originally made by Ballard Designs I decided to remove that sticker before painting. Bye bye Ballard Designs, hello Just the Woods designs. ballard-designs, remove sticker, painted furniture, staten island, new york

The bench also came with that red distressed edge, so in an attempt to work around that I started off by painting the bench in Slate by Kristi Kuehl Pure Home Paint, which is a darker gray than my next layer will be. Oops, I forget to mention that I also flipped the bench over and started with the underside first. slate-paint, pure home paint, chalk paint, gray paint,

After Slate, the bench was painted in Tahoe, a much lighter gray, followed by a custom mix (1:1) of Tahoe and Storm for the perfect shade of gray. painted-slate-first, pure home paint, gray paint, chalk paint, new york, painted furniture

Adding Stencil to the Painted Bench

It just so happens that when my customer came by to discuss the design plan for her bench I pulled out this stencil that I had in my shop. Believe me, when I say that the stencil has seen better days, it’s been used for previous makeovers as well as been trimmed and cut for whatever reasons in the past. Sometimes something just clicks, she loved it and it fit perfectly for the bench seat. I measured the center and marked with chalk before taping down the French stenciltape-down-stencil, french stencil, painted bench, stencil on bench, staten island

Once in place, I used my foam roller and added the stencil using Slate, that same dark gray color that was used for the base coat. french-wording, stencil, painted stencil

Wet Distressing the Edges

The edges were distressed using the wet distress method. Normally I will go to town with sandpaper to distress edges, but in the case of this painted bench, I want to make sure to not expose that red edge from the original finish. So I gently distressed using my flexible sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. It was lightly dampened and I made sure to distress the light gray paint while leaving the dark gray paint exposed. I also lightly sanded the entire flat surface of the painted bench with a fine grit sand paper for a super smooth finish. distressed, how to wet distress, wet distress, edges, painted furniture, chalk paintdistressed-edges, wet distress, how to wet distress, just the woods

The Result – Painted Bench with French Stencil

Take a seat because that black and red bench with mystery damage is a thing of the past, making room for the new soft gray and french stencil entry bench. light-gray-painted-bench, pained bench with french stencil, stencil painted furniturefrench-wine-stencil, french stencil, stenciled furniture, painted furniture, painted benchcustom-painted-bench, stenciled furniture, staten island, new york, shabby chicsmall-bench, painted bench, french stencil, entry bench, mud roomgray-stencil-on-bench, painted bench, french stencil, gray chalk paint, gray paintpainted-gray-bench, gray chalk paint, pure home paint, just the woods, painted bench, shabby chic, wet distress

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