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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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!
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!
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.
To add a touch of whimsy I created a graphic in PicMonkey using the Silhouette Image Birds On Branch graphic from the Graphics Fairy.
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.
So have you been wondering why at the beginning of this post I said I should've read the instructions first?
The contest is open to residents of the United States only *insert sad face here*
...but why waste a good post!
This sweet bench is For Sale. If anyone locally is interested in growing old together on a garden bench for two, please contact me!