Romancing the Bench



It's done, and I am doing a little happy dance since I am so happy how it came out!



As you might remember this was an old yellow bench that had been living out her years on my back porch getting little use unless you count the cat yacking up on it - my life is SO GLAM!   She was dirty but she still had a lot of life to give so I washed her up and slapped on a coat of Louis Blue Chalk Paint and got it sanded back when life dealt us a bit of an uproar...but things have settled down and I got back to the bench..



 So here she is.....what do you think?  She came out JUST like I wanted so that is beyond exciting.  After painting I had sanded her back a bit to expose some of the old yellow finish and then I added a nice coat of just plain wax.  The wax added a lot of depth to the blue color before I even touched the colored wax.

I used just plain old Johnsons Paste Wax and an old wash cloth to apply it.


In this photo if you look at the top of the bench, the depth of color change between it and the seat is not a shadow it's the work of the clear wax after buffing.  The feel of the wax after buffing is amazing!... but I was still not done.  I did the whole bench in the clear.. let it dry and then buffed preparing for adding the tinted wax.

Putting in the dark wax on can be a bit daunting but just smear it on and go!.. for the more detailed areas I used an stiff chip brush but otherwise I liked the feeling of using the cloth.




Rub rub rub, buff buff buff, here is the back finished in contrast to the seat, I am totally grooving on the way it looks!  Honestly this is what gives me the energy to go on since it's real work doing this bench!  But oh so worth it!

What project have you done lately that came off just like you envisioned??


11 comments:

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

This is beyond fantastic! Great, great job!

Audrey Pettit said...

Looks absolutely gorgeous, Maddie!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

It turned out soooo well!!

Melissa and Scott said...

Your bench is lovely and thanks for the detailed info on the wax. I have been wondering if the plain wax would change the paint color and now I know!

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

That is gorgeous!

theb5 said...

So pretty:)!! Thanks for wax info...

Beth

Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Oh it's beautiful!! I can't wait to get my chalk paint and waxes and start on a piece!! WOOT!

New follower here!

Lynn said...

Wow, this is to die for !!!!!! It would be perfect in my hallway, I am looking for something just like it :)
You did an incredible job, and I love your blog, found you through The Graphic Fairy.

Sandra said...

I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog while searching for "chalk" paint! I have a project I need to work on and needed direction. Thanks for sharing! Your bench is red (to die for!!)

P.S. I am your newest follower! :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

Your bench is beautiful! You must be really proud, your hard work really paid off! Just lovely.

Linda at French Hen's Nest said...

Absolutely beautiful! Glad to know I can use a wax so readily available.
Thanks.