Hello, beautiful friends, and welcome!
I just got back late last night from my beautiful niece’s wedding in Wisconsin. My parents, my younger sister and one of her sons went as well.
I also took my oldest, Jack, with me:
They had a photo booth set up and needless to say, we had a blast with it!
That’s my older sister on the right and her Hubby behind her, and of course, they are the proud parents of that stunning bride! Isn’t she gorgeous? (I’m biased I know.) The younger handsome fella in the center is my other sister’s son.
She made it into the photo below:
They were missing the props…but we didn’t seem to need any!
Of course, it is always good to get home.
I’m taking this week off to unwind and just enjoy spending a few lazy Summer days with my boys, so today I’m sharing one of my all-time favorites with you!
I originally shared this project back in 2016 and I still see it as the one that got away:
I found this for $20 at the thrift store…
What was holding this one up from being done for so long is the fact that it is nothing but spindles, and I just wasn’t looking forward to tackling this all with a brush. Plus the finish was terrible:
I decided to layer paints to get a fun chippy look:
Can you see the layers? NO? Let me take you in for a closer look:
I’ve added a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
And how did I combat all those spindles??
Meet my arsenal:
I started by cutting the footboard in half using my miter saw:
(I have this Ryobi saw now.)
Then I had to cut some height off the legs on my new side pieces…
So that the top of the sides would meet the back at just the right place…
I clamped the sides to the back as pictured above, making sure everything was level as I went. (You’ll want to be sure you create your bench on a level surface as well.)
I usually connect the sides to the back using my Kreg Jig Kit, but I wasn’t able to use that here since the side pieces were spindles and not flat. So from the back, I pre-drilled a hole through the back and into the spindle at the top of the side where it meets the back, using a 1/8″ drill bit:
I followed with a 3/8″ drill bit just barely into the surface there, to allow me to countersink the screw a bit.
Then I screwed the back to the sides using a 3″ wood screw.
Then I was able to go back and fill in the holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler, completely hiding them.
After attaching both side pieces, I attached a front piece to connect the two across the front, making sure it was level with the back piece. That is what the seat slats will sit on. I did use my Kreg Jig Kit for that piece. (See how easy that is to do HERE.)
And I filled in all the holes and sanded them with 220 grit sandpaper when they were dry.
To make the seat slats, I found these slats from my son’s old twin bed that were perfect:
I cut them to fit with my miter saw but decided to start painting everything before attaching them to the bench.
I started with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray Primer. It took two cans to do all the slats and the bench.
Then I followed up with a coat of Rust-oleum’s Robin’s Egg Blue spray paint:
I kinda loved it at this point, but stopping here would not have added the “layers” I really wanted, so I kept going by adding petroleum jelly to all the areas I didn’t want the next coat of paint to stick to. Then I followed up with a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Universal All Surface Satin white (my favorite spray paint for furniture)…
You can see the petroleum jelly smeared on under the paint in that photo above.
Then when the paint was barely dry, I took a clean soft cloth and wiped all the areas where I had applied the petroleum jelly, to reveal the blue beneath.
I decided not to worry about filling in the tiny holes.
I found that pillow at HomeGoods and still have it on our sectional!
I love this layered chippy look. It’s very subtle and the colors give it that calm coastal vibe I love so much.
Spray paint is fantastic for projects like this where a brush would take way too long. Unfortunately, it isn’t cheap. I spent about $30 in paint for this project, but with the bed only being $20, that wasn’t too bad.
I hope you enjoyed this look back as much as I did. Maybe it was even new to you?
Here’s another headboard upcycle from 2016 that you might enjoy:
See what I did with this one HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with another favorite that may be new to you as well! Then I need to finish off the last three items from my Haul of Shame! Have a great week! 🙂
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