Hello dear friends!! I’m back today with a lovely painted dressing table bench! It’s also Furniture Fixer Upper Day, so be on the lookout for my friends’ fabulous furniture redos at the bottom!
Painted Dressing table Bench
This is the final piece of furniture in my 2021 Summer Haul:
This is another piece that came from the estate sale of my sister’s in-laws, and I believe I paid $10 for it.
I was all set to get started when I realized that although I was able to unscrew the top from the base, the top part could not be removed past those handles on the sides.
And believe me, I tried every which way!
I had really wanted to add foam to the hard seat, but because I couldn’t remove the seat, I decided to just recover over the red velvet. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
To prep this piece I gave it good vacuum to get all the dust and cobwebs off of it, and then I gave the base a quick wipe down with White Lightning.
I then gave it a quick spray with Rustoleum spray primer:
Chalk paint does NOT require a primer…I just like to do this sometimes to get a quick first coat on these smaller pieces! (Especially when I’m short on time!)
Then it was time for paint! I followed up with two coats of Sawmill Gravy:
If you saw last Tuesday’s Trash-to-Treasure post, you might know where this is going!
After the paint was dry, I sanded lightly all over to smooth it out and distress a little bit using 220 grit sandpaper.
I usually would choose Satin Clear Coat for a piece like this, but I went with the wax because I didn’t have enough time to allow the Clear Coat to dry properly.
Covering the Seat
I was then able to flip the bench over and start covering the seat. It was quite awkward covering it without removing it completely.
I cut off as much of the excess batting as possible at the corners so it would be as flat as possible.
Then I followed up with this fabric I’ve had in my stash for many years:
Although I didn’t think the style of this bench matched the dressing table I shared last Tuesday, I decided to paint them to match anyway!
If you missed this dressing table makeover, it’s from the same estate sale as the bench.
It started out like this:
Don’t let that picture fool you…it was a serious hot mess! I found the mirror by itself years ago at the thrift store, and it worked perfectly with this piece.
I think these two work really well together!
Luckily, this dressing table was still set up in our dining room from last week, so I was able to photograph them as a set!
I just love this soft, neutral color!
The finishing touch
I normally add piping to all my seats and benches that I reupholster. It adds such an elegant finishing touch to any project. I did it most recently with these vintage club chairs from this Summer haul:
However, I had a hard enough time with this bench not being to able to remove the seat, that I chose not to. But, I was not satisfied with how it looked:
I lucked upon a whole role of gimp trim at a yard sale for $2 years ago, and so I dug that out to finish it off…
I just used a tiny screw driver to tuck the sides in after adding a dab of hot glue:
I really like the feminine finishing touch it added to this dressing table bench!
And isn’t this fabric so pretty? I found it on clearance years ago:
That gorgeous purse was a $5 yard sale find earlier this Summer. It had two oxycodone tablets in it. $5 for a purse AND narcotics? I’ll take it!
I hope you enjoyed today’s makeover and getting to see this pretty dressing table again!
That is my final piece of furniture from this haul!
You can see the afters of these pieces at the links below!
How to Paint Nicotine Stained Furniture (Trestle Table)
Don’t go anywhere just yet! My Furniture Fixer Upper crew has furniture flips to share with you today too!
If you enjoyed this post, you will love this one that is very similar…one of my favorites!
You can also see more on how I recovered the seat using foam in that post!
And that is all for today! I’ll be back with this mirror and a couple more on Tuesday!
UPDATE: See how pretty this little mirror turned out HERE now!
Don’t Miss a Thing!
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!