Furniture Makeovers

Weathered Outdoor Garden Bench Gets Chalk Paint Makeover

Sunroom Bench Makeover - Weathered bench refreshed with stain, chalkpaint, and slipcovers | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com
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If some of you feel like you’re seeing double, all I can say is, “Why, yes! Yes, you are!”

You see, over the course of last year, this little blog-a-boo slowly outgrew its living space on the computer.  So, in early January, it was moved to a new living space.  In computer speak, this process is called “migration.”  But, in blogger speak, it is called “a huge headache that NEV-AH ends.”

A fun view of the garden bench makeover using chalk paint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comWell, maybe never is a little over kill in describing the situation, but here’s the rub.  During said migration, only about 70% of the posts moved.  And, the rest?  Huuum.  They’re still over at the other address.  

Yeah.  It’s like the family moved and left the kids.

***Sigh***

So, to get these poor orphaned posts reunited with their family, some of the posts will be rewritten.  This means they will also get reposted.  I hope you will hang in there with me during this process.  I promise to check every word and upgrade photos as we move along.  Who knows, maybe the second time around will be even better than the first.  πŸ™‚  I know, I have my fingers crossed!!

Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, let’s talk about this neato garden bench with super easy-to-make slipcovers.

Once a month, a group of bloggers, usually around 15 to 20, are challenged to refinish a piece of furniture according to a theme.  This particular group uses the hashtag #furnitureREFRESH.

Sunroom Bench Makeover - Chalkpaint plus five different fabrics breathe life back into this weathered bench. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comThis month’s theme is “weathered.”  And, just between you and me, I wasn’t really sure if that meant weathered from being outside or weathered from using a specific painting technique.  LOL.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Chalkpaint plus slip-covered cushions make the weathered bench inviting again | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comTurns out, it really didn’t matter.  Luckily, I found a garden bench that had been ignored forgotten right in my own back yard.  It had been painted years and years ago, but lost to any kind of use.  To say the harsh outdoor conditions had taken a toll is an understatement.  When we dragged it indoors to begin the refresh, I really couldn’t even tell what the true color was.Sunroom Bench Makeover - This bench was recovered from a life in the outdoors. It wasn't obvious how weathered and covered in mold it was until it was closely examined | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comThe bench was totally covered in green and black mold.  Ugh.   But, the wood looked like it was in pretty good shape, so I decided to stick with it.Sunroom Bench Makeover - The only way to clean this amount of black and green mold from the surface wood is to power wash. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comFirst up, a big old, Southern-style shower.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Wood damaged from weathering and power washing | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.com After that, a thorough sanding until there were no rough places, peeling paint flecks, or splinters.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Power washed, sanded, and stained with walnut-tinted stain | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comNext, a walnut stain was applied.  I was hoping the stain would make the bench look like a refinished “weathered” bench.  And, although, it did create a nice finish, the bench had no personality.  It was just a “weathered” blah.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Power washed, sanded, and stained with walnut-tinted stain | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comSo, I grabbed a container of aqua paint from the Oooops section of the home improvement store, turned it into chalk paint, and brushed on a thin coat.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Aqua-blue chalkpaint covers a prepped and walnut-stained bench | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comOh, yeah.  Now, we’re talkin.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Aqua-blue chalkpaint and coordinating fabrics make the bench inviting | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comIn some places, the chalk paint was applied and the wet paint wiped away using a damp cloth.Sunroom Bench Makeover - The top slats show weathered wood with walnut stain and a chalkpaint topcoat | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject/comSince the chalk paint was being applied over an oil-based stain, the paint was easy to maneuver while it was wet.  It acted almost like a glaze.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Careful sanding, walnut stain, and chalkpaint highlight the weathered wood | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comI found this to be an extremely easy technique.  And, after the paint was dry, no sanding was required.  That’s right.  No sanding.  It was awesome!Sunroom Bench Makeover - Five different fabrics come together to add interest to this chalkpainted bench | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comAfter the painting was completed, slip covers were made for the cushion and pillows.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Weathered bench is sanded, stained, and chalkpainted. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comFive different fabrics were miraculously located in various remnant sections. Sunroom Bench Makeover - A weathered bench is renewed with sandpaper, stain, and chalkpaint | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comSome of the pieces were so small, I had to piece the pieces.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Weathered bench refreshed with stain, chalkpaint, and slipcovers | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comBut, it all came together.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Trash-to-treasure weathered bench gets a stain, chalkpaint, and slipcover makeover | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comTo create an old “weathered” bench with a new “weathered” finish.Sunroom Bench Makeover - Let the sun shine in on this weathered bench that has been restored with stain, chalkpaint, and slipcovers | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comThank you so much for joining me on this challenge.  It was a joy to share this sweet makeover with you.

Sunroom Bench Makeover - Chalkpaint plus five different fabrics breathe life back into this weathered bench. | The Chelsea Project | www.thechelseaproject.comIf you appreciate this little makeover, I’d be honored to have it shared.

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