Welcome back, sweet friends! On one of Nancy and my thrifting trips last year, we came upon two benches outside of one of the thrift stores that were almost identical. They were long and narrow and both were painted barn red. We thought they would be perfect for each of us to make over. Then we discovered one of the ends of one of them had been chopped off. What a bummer! It would have been fun to see what each of us came up with for them. I did, however, bring home the one that was still intact for $6:
I’m not sure what this was used for and was kind of stumped with what to do with it. By adding it to my latest pile of treasures, I committed to doing something with it! (LOVE that…it’s helping me get rid of it all! 🙂 )
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I decided to give it a Summer beach-inspired makeover!
What better place to photograph a Summery piece than beside the pool?
It was pretty rough in its before state and both outside ends had this gross mold/mildew on them:
Free mildew? Yes, please!
Honestly, this is probably why it took me so long to make this over! This one never made it to my storage room. It had to stay in the garage!
I put on my mask and sanded it with my rotary sander, and it was ready to paint in no time:
I started painting the underside using white chalk paint and it began to bleed through for some reason, so I switched to BOSS in white by Dixie Belle to give it a good base first.
I gave the letters two coats of the Bit of Sugar using a small brush and removed the contact paper (I use that in place of pricier vinyl.) right after applying the second coat.
Rinse the sponge with water as soon as you’re done with it and you can reuse it over and over again. I love using it to apply sealer! The satin topcoat gives just a slight sheen.
I used the ST Song font for the words.
I actually have a stencil that has this saying on it that I bought HERE, but the size I bought was too small for this bench.
It was really hard capturing great photos in the bright sunshine, but this bench looks right at home by the water!
I took the first photos on Sunday, but I put this bench out on the deck yesterday afternoon while the kids were swimming and I actually kinda like it out here…
So I snapped a few more pictures to add…
The bright sun didn’t help capture this gorgeous color very well, but this is what it truly looks like:
Although this is really cute on our deck, this one will be heading to my booth!
Not bad for $6, right?
And that’s another one done!
If you missed the first two pieces, you can see what I did with them here…
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how I gave this lamp a little lift:
See ya then! 🙂
UPDATE! See the new look Mr. Rooster got HERE now!
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