July 23, 2015

Garden Bench For Two {All About Second Chances Chalky Finish Contest}

Oh my you guys, I had one of those should've read the instructions first moments.

Sitting under a tarp in my back yard was a sweet headboard and footboard that we picked up for a song last year at a thrift store.

From Headboard to Garden Bench Before and After

When DecoArt contacted me about the All About Second Chances Chalky Finish Contest I knew exactly what project I was going to complete for my submission.


I had intended on transforming them into a garden bench and this contest gave me the motivation to finally get er done!  Here is what it looked like before...

Headboard Footboard and Banisters for a Garden Bench for Two

The two banisters we picked up for $15.00 at a local online auction.

When I pulled the tarp off the headboard I gasped. Some little critter decided it would keep them well fed over the winter.

Thankfully it only gnawed on the bottom so it could easily be covered by the frame of the seat.

Building a frame for the bench seat and attaching it to the headboard

Instead of a long drawn out step-by-step tutorial on how we made the bench I've included a pictorial that I hope will help.

Eight Steps to building a headboard Bench for Two

If you would like me to write a detailed tutorial post let me know in the comment section and I'd be happy to provide one.

For the pretty, I used these DecoArt products...

DecorArt Chalky Finish Paint for Garden Bench

I used the Stain Blocker *(affiliate link) because our bench was made from all sorts of different types of wood and I wanted a unified finish.  I was also worried about tannin bleed from the dark wood on the headboard and footboard. I'm glad I did because the finish turned out beautifully!

Garden Bench Right Side After

You may have noticed in the tutorial photos there were no finials on the front legs.  As an afterthought , we purchased fence post finials from Home Depot and they echo the posts on the headboard perfectly!

Garden Bench Left Side After

Isn't the DecoArt Chalky Finish paint *(affiliate link) color gorgeous?  It's called Serene!

It went on like buttah and I only used 1 1/4 jars to paint three coats, underside included.  I got excellent coverage and could have gotten away with only two coats, but there were some spots I missed so I added a third.

Garden Bench Left

Garden Bench Right

To add a touch of whimsy I created a graphic in PicMonkey using the Silhouette Image Birds On Branch graphic from the Graphics Fairy.

Garden Bench with Growing Old Together hand painted graphic

I rubbed a pencil on the back of the graphic and traced it onto the wood. Using art brushes *(affiliate link) I hand painted the details.

Headboard Garden Bench For Two with graphic

So have you been wondering why at the beginning of this post I said I should've read the instructions first?


Headboard Garden Bench painted with Serene Chalky Finish Paint

The contest is open to residents of the United States only *insert sad face here*

I'm Canadian!

Headboard and Footboard transformed into a Garden Bench For Two

...but why waste a good post!

DecoArt Chalky Finish Garden Bench For Two

This sweet bench is For Sale.  If anyone locally is interested in growing old together on a garden bench for two, please contact me!

I'm sharing this project at the following fabulous LINK PARTIES

Thank you so much to the following fabulous bloggers for featuring this project:

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