Bryce is away at camp this week. My goal while she is gone is to put the finishing touches on her bedroom. A little scary since she is 15, it was much easier when she was little and did not have an opinion! :)
One of the projects I did was re purpose an old piano bench. We have had this bench in our basement since we moved in 7 years ago. It has been sitting there not being used.
***A lesson learned. When painting or sanding do not use a small towel underneath. A large blanket or sheet works much better! I had quite a mess to clean up after! You would think I would know that but it was late and I just wanted to get started! Or I could blame it on the heat??
I decided to use Annie Sloans Chalk Paint in Old White. I love this nice simple color! I have it on a few things in my home. It is the first can on Annie Sloans that I have used up entirely.
This is after one coat. I used two coats on this bench.
After I painted the first coat I start re upholstering the bench top. It was easy since the top could be removed. I went with some leftover drop cloth fabric that I aready had. I had bought the drop cloth at Lowes for another project and had some extra. I washed the fabric first and added a little bleach to the wash. Then I dried it in the dryer and ironed it. Cheap and easy! Then I used my staple gun and went to town.
I love the linen look!
I used a medium grit sand paper and really roughed this one up. I know Bryce likes our hallway bench that is pretty roughed up so I wanted this one that way. **This is where the large sheet would have been a much better choice than a small towel! I made a huge mess with all that sanding! Actually taking it outside would have been the best thing!
Here is the finished bench. What I love about this bench is that the top opens for storage! Perfect for a teenagers room!
Cost for bench?? FREE! I love using stuff I already have!! This is a big change from how I used to be. I was very quick to go out and buy and buy and buy. My home was NOT always filled with flea market finds and DYI projects. BUT now that it is I am having so much fun and it feels so much more like home! :)