Harlequin Bench with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan


Can I tell you how excited I was to receive these in the mail?

Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

I was provided these products, but all of the opinions are my own.  I am required to tell you that, but of course it’s not hard to rave about Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan.  I haven’t met a color in her collection that I haven’t liked yet.

This is the little guy getting the big makeover today. I found him at a church flea market for $15. I love those!


And here is his beauty shot:

Bench painted with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

I chose the harlequin pattern because it’s one of my favorites.

Bench painted with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

I used Pure White and Paris Grey.  It’s a beautiful combination.

For this makeover, I painted my bench, no sanding or priming required.  To create the harlequin pattern, I followed this method:

How to Create the Perfect Harlequin Pattern

You can see the full tutorial here.

I used Delicate Surface Frog Tape to create the pattern. My favorite is pulling the tape off. Be sure to remove the tape while the paint is still wet!

How to create a harlequin pattern

Perfect lines!


As you can see I removed the top…

That was easy because it has storage underneath! It was likely a piano bench.

Piano bench makeover

I lined the inside with pretty contact paper.


Can you see that beautiful sheen? I sealed my bench with Clear Soft Wax also by Annie Sloan. The best part was trying out the Annie Sloan Wax Brush!

Wax brush by Annie Sloan

No more using my kiddo’s old underpants to apply wax. I spared you that photo. You’re welcome.

The wax brush made waxing a breeze and it allowed me to apply just the right amount, which was not always the case when using a cloth (or SpongeBob underpants.) The best part though is no more wax all over my fingers!

Cleaning is easy using a grease cutting dish liquid and warm water.

I applied the clear soft wax, wiped off the excess with a clean soft cloth and buffed to a beautiful sheen.

Bench Makeover using Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

Pure white and Paris Grey Decorative Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan




Bench Makeover using Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

The silver teapot was  recent thrift store find. For $5 it I knew it would be perfect to display my newly dried hydrangeas.

Bench Makeover using Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

One more time before:


And after:

Bench painted with Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

I love this paint and you already know I use it all the time, so it’s easy to rave about it.

To find your local Chalk Paint® Stockist, you can use their Stockist Locator.

My favorite colors is Duck Egg Blue as seen on my Rolling Kitchen Cart Makeover.  One of my favorite makeovers using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is my Dressing Table, done using Graphite and Pure White.  And if Pure white is too bright, one of my most popular makeovers was my Dining Room Table and Chairs using Old White.  There are so many beautiful colors to choose from.

I hope you enjoyed this little bench makeover and thank you SO much for all the birthday wishes on Monday.

I got a little more personal and it was fun!




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  1. Carolyn Price says

    You. Are. Too. Funny! The comment about your son’s “drawers”! Too cute.
    Beautiful … as always, Christy!

    • Ha ha…I was really going to share a photo. They are all crusty with wax. I figured nobody really wants to see crusty underwear, even if they are tiny spongebob ones. 🙂

  2. I have to confess, I love your blog and especially your creativity! I’m always looking forward to your next post! Great job on the bench.

  3. Another excellent makeover Christy. I love Paris Grey and Pure White together. Great tutorial that I’m definitely pinning for future reference. Love your pretty bench!

  4. It turned out gorgeous Christy! I love the harlequin pattern you chose! Sounds like I need to try out that new waxing brush!

  5. Christy, I love this makeover! It looks so pretty 🙂

  6. Great look, great job! One of my favs

  7. GORGEOUS!!!! I invite you to share at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop ( you can start linking up tonight at 8PM MST) Hugs

  8. This turned out so great! I love the pattern on top and pulling off the tape is most definitely one of my fav parts too 🙂

  9. This is beautiful!
    And those lines are perfect. You got skillz!

  10. Gorgeous as always! Love your work. I really admire anyone you can paint straight lines or do the designs that you do. Mine would be crooked. lol

  11. It’s so beautiful Christy!! I’m getting ready to try chalk paint for the first time on a bathroom vanity! Wish me luck!

  12. LOVE the bench! I am going to have to try your Harlequin pattern technique!! I haven’t done that yet.
    Maybe my next project! 😉

  13. Christy love your bench! Thanx for the tutorial. I think I am going to do a similar design on our breakfast table. Nice seeing you at THT!

    • Thanks, Pamela! I wanted to do a similar pattern, but larger on my dining room table using tone on tone white and ivory maybe, but ended up staining the top instead. I’d love to see a table done with this pattern. 🙂

  14. Love this makeover. Thank you so much for sharing your easy way to make a harlequin pattern. One of these days I will try it! A wax brush just may be on my Christmas list. I use old tee shirts to wax and feel like I waste a lot of wax and have a hard time applying it evenly.

    • Thanks, Paula! I never bothered with the wax brush before because I thought it would be a pain to clean, but when I got the chance to try it out, I discovered that it is so easy to clean! I love that it applies a nice even coat too!

  15. This turned out so pretty! Love it! Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. really really fun and brilliant.

    stop by when you have a moment: http://hellolovelystudio.com.



  17. Waxing is my favorite part of finishing a chalk-painted piece. Yours turned out beautifully!


  18. So beautiful, I love everything about this, the hidden storage is great and the simple classic design on top just perfect.

  19. Oh how I love harlequin – this turned out gorgeous!!! I’m so in love with chalk paint these days – I’m making everything over 🙂

  20. Absolutely in love. I’ve never been able to get that diamond pattern down but after looking at this makeover I am definitely trying it out it. Beautiful job.

    • Thanks, Anam! The first time I tried it on a little table, it involved lots of math…not my favorite! I just knew there had to be an easier way. This method is so much easier 🙂

  21. Tammy Winchester says

    This is so pretty. I’m curious in one picture I see a drawer on the bench with a handle but I can’t figure out where the drawer is located. I would love it if you would email where it is at and include a picture. Again, you did an awesome job on this piece. I love all you work and have really learned a lot from your post.

  22. Christy I LOVE it! I want to do this project it’s just stunning! I pinned it to my best board so everyone could see it! ox

    • It did turn out pretty spooky, but I was glad to be able to use that pumpkin with the confused expression in a new way. 🙂

    • Oops, I replied about my spooky pumpkin here…that reply didn’t make any sense at all in regards to this cabinet ha ha. I’m so glad you like my bench, Robin. It was fun to do. Thanks so much for pinning! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! XO

  23. I love the Shabby Chic softness of the grey and white of your harlequin bench and how you staged it is beautiful. It caught my eye as I recently did a harlequin pattern on a round table (talk about hard to map out the pattern nicely). I used the white and grey also but added pink too. Have a look on my site, I’d really love your opinion on it.
    I just came across your site and after seeing a few projects I’m definitely going to subscribe. You use such beautiful colour schemes.

    • Thank you for your sweet comment, Bev! I love how that piece turned out also. I imagine it would be much harder to map out that pattern on a round table top. I’d love to come by and check it out. The harlequin pattern is one of my favorites! XO


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