Bench in my DIY terminology is different then the sports version. Now I guess in sports terms, benched means you’re on the bench and not playing. In my DIY mind it means I have a bench to paint.
I volunteer at Habitat for Humanity. I started on the job site working on the Woman’s Build House. Gaining that experience has been invaluable to me in so many ways. When I got my part time job rather then not being a part of the Habitat family I got the opportunity to start working in the administrative office. I was so thankful to continue to volunteer and get out of the Florida heat. So I always do a walk through at the Habitat Restore either before I start work or after. On one particular day I hit the jack pot and got this bench and 2 chairs for a dining table project.
Check out your local Habitat for Humanity Restore. They carry some very nice items. Not only do they have furniture but you can pick up tools, clothes, books and many other things. So you can have fun shopping and contribute to a wonderful organization. Better yet sign up to volunteer in the store, job site or mentor a prospective homeowner.
But back to this project. The bench sat in my dining room because I have no room in the garage. I am trying to work on that. As I passed the bench I kept seeing a beachy color scheme. Now this bench had some problems, don’t we all? After patching the bad spots using my favorite, Elmers Probond Professional Strength Wood Filler, I mixed up my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe in Sherwin Williams Cooled Blue for the first coat of paint. It does make me think of the blue water that surrounds the Florida community I live in.
I decided to paint the bench two coats of the Cooled Blue. The third coat is called, sorry I don’t know. I slopped paint over the label. It is a lighter aqua that blends. So after painting this bench three times I didn’t like the finish. It was rough. I benched myself and started all over again. I sanded the bench down, not all the way but enough so I felt it would be a better finish. In my mind this bench was on a porch by the Gulf of Mexico. The salt air can be brutal so each year the bench’s owner sloshed a coat of paint on it. That was the look I was going for.
Once again I did the two coats of DIY chalk paint in the Cooled Blue and followed up with the lighter coordinating color, After it was dry, I distressed the bench the way I thought it would have been worn down and waxed it. Even though I made more work for myself by painting the bench, sanding off the paint and repainting the bench I was happy with the way it turned out. Actually it matches my vision of it better then if it worked out in the beginning. Can’t you see yourself sitting on this bench watching the waves washing up on the beach?