Painted and Stenciled Bench Makeover

DISCLAIMER:  I was compensated with product for writing this post.  However, if I don't love a product I won't give it the My Passion Decor seal of approval.

 I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  I'm sure if you're anywhere near Illinois, and so many other parts of the country, you're ready for winter to be DONE!  I'm ready to work outside in the garage with the doors open, while listening to the birds chirp.  I know spring must be on its way!

I decided instead of pouting about the weather, I'd do some painting.  This means, I need to work on something I can move myself and easily maneuver around the family room.  Today I worked on this cute bench I bought a couple weeks ago at a local flea market.  I could see past all the dirt, dried paint and cob webs.  I knew this little bench could be stunning!  I don't think the hubby saw my vision as he carried it out to the SUV however!

Here's the bench before I got to work.

You can see this bench was filthy.  Plus it had all kinds of spider webs underneath the seat. GROSS!  I'm not a fan of spiders OR spider webs!

I had to use my heat gun to get some of the larger pieces of caked on paint off the wood.

Once I cleaned the bench and scraped off the large pieces of dried on paint, it was time to brave the garage and the freezing cold to sand the bench.

I was excited about sanding (yes you read that right!) because that meant I could finally use this amazing sander Rockwell Tools sent me to try.  

The sander they sent me is the Rockwell 2.8 Amp CDS 5" Random Orbital Sander.

The best thing about this sander is the way it collected the dust!  My old sander made a HUGE mess when I sanded and I ended up covered in dust.  This sander is not only easy to use, didn't make a mess, but it sanded like a champ!  Before with my old sander,  I'd be sanding and sanding forever trying to get a smooth finish.  With this one from Rockwell, I was finished in a fraction of the time.  One last thing about the sander, there was nowhere near as much vibration as I had when using my old sander.  My arm didn't feel sore and jittery after using it!  This was a major bonus in my book!

Here's how the bench looked after I gave it a good sanding with my new Rockwell Tools sander and some 120 grit sandpaper.

Once the bench was sanded, it was time to paint.  I used Crushed Tea by American Paint Company for the top of the bench and Faded Burlap DIY Paint for the base.

 I painted the entire bench with two coats of the Faded Burlap and it looked so much better!

Once the Faded Burlap was dry, I painted the top with two coats of Crushed Tea.  I wanted the bench to be special and the color combo was pretty and all, but BORING.  To add some WOW factor to the bench I used my Cutting Edge Stencils Marrakech Trellis stencil on the top of the bench.  You might remember I used this same stencil for our Master Bedroom  focal wall in our Connecticut home. I love this stencil and I was happy to find another place to use it!

Here's how the top looked after I was done painting.  I used the Faded Burlap for the stencil as well.

 To seal everything I used some soft clear wax.  The top was so beautiful when I was done, I had to stand back and smile!  The top looked like old, aged wood and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!

Here it is without any staging so you can see the effect.  I'm in LOVE!

Thanks to my amazing new sander, the finish on this piece is smooth like butter!!

 I had originally thought I would sell this bench, but now I don't think I can part with it!  Now I just need to find a place for this beauty.

Thank you for reading and have a great week!!


Something to Talk About Link Party 6

Hello!!!  I know I told you last week Karin and I were joining a new link party that will give your projects a lot more exposure, well here it is!!  The new link party starts today...welcome to the Something to Talk About Link Party!

I feel honored to join six other talented bloggers each week for this party!  Make sure you take a few minutes to visit each blogger's site.  Trust me, you won't be disappointed you tok the time! 

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If you’re not familiar with the link party – this is how it works. Our party kicks-off at 6:00 AM Est. every Monday morning and runs until Thursday at 5:00 PM. Throughout the next few days, many bloggers will link up their favorite crafts, diy projects, recipes and more – you’ll get to see it all below, loads of inspiration at it’s BEST.  Just press the links and it will direct to that bloggers post. Be sure you come back again in a few days to see what everyone is sharing, as more posts get linked each day!
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Here's what I've been up to this week!  

This week, I played a lot of catch-up so the only project I was able to post about was my Reclaimed Wood Table Makeover.  This was a table I've had for years and actually I almost sold the table before I decided to give it a makeover.  Now, I'm in love and happy I didn't sell the table!!   I styled it two different ways to show you how versatile this fun table really is.

Here are our features from last week.  Click on the links to go straight to the page and see a whole lot more.

Vicki and Jennifer's picks :   Free Floral Printables  from 11 Magnolia Lane
Master Bathroom Budget Makeover  from  Bless'er House
CoCo's picks: Spring at the Manor  from Slice of Southern Pie
Lisa's picks: Painted Piano Bench Makeover from Serendipity Refined
Spring Flowers on the Front Door  from Lilacs and Longhorns
Angie's picks: Home Tour - Craft Room from She's Crafty Crafty
Mason Jar Recipes  from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

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There were so many wonderful ideas so it is so hard to choose two but Concord Cottage featured the following two this week.

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The Piece That Almost Got Away...Reclaimed Table

Hello!  I'm happy to be sharing this post about the table that almost got away.  This isn't a story about how I found a table at a thrift store and almost walked away without buying it (I can't even count how many times that has happened!).  This is the story of the table I almost sold.  About six years ago, while living in Canada, I purchased this reclaimed wood table from a furniture store.  The hubby and I fell in love with it's character and bought the table for our family room.  We used the table for a year or so as a coffee table until we moved to Connecticut.  If you've ever moved, you know that pieces that might work in a room now, won't necessarily work in the same room in a new house.  Our family room in our new home was a lot bigger and this table just didn't work there anymore.  For the next several years the table was moved from house to house and room to room, never really finding it's home.  

We all know that when January arrives, it's time to start purging and organizing.  I kept staring at this table, which was sitting as a bench at the end of our bed, thinking I should sell this.  It wasn't really fitting in with the style in the master bedroom and I didn't think I had any other place for it.  However, every time I tried to list the table for sale, something stopped me.  The idea came to me one day that I should give the table a makeover and sell a pine trunk that was sitting behind our family room sofa instead.   The trunk sold quickly and it was time to give the table that almost got away a new look.

Here it is before...pardon the iPhone pictures! 

It was a beautiful table as it was, but because it had been moved so many times it was covered in scratches.  Also, the glossy varnish on the table didn't fit in with the rest of the house.  The table is solid reclaimed wood and it's VERY heavy and solid.  I've always loved the storage it provides, but it just needed an updated look.

I didn't want to coat the table in paint.  I wanted it to maintain it's character and charm, but lighten it up a bit.  I painted the table with some paint by American Paint Company in Navajo White that I had leftover from an earlier project.   I made sure not to coat my brush too heavily with paint.  I didn't want the paint go too deep into the wood grain.  I was going for an aged look, not a freshly painted piece of furniture.  

For me, when I'm trying to make a piece look old, it takes me way longer.  This was a process of adding paint, wiping it back, sanding, then adding a little more paint.  

Here's how the table looked after it was painted.  I love how all the wood grain and character really stand out once it's been painted.

After I was done with panting, it was time to wax.  I recently bought a new product from my friend Jill at Weathered Pieces.  Jill is a retailer for Debi's Design Diary DIY Paint and I'd been seeing her posts on Facebook about this new paint line.  I used the Liquid Patina, which is a liquid wax, to seal the paint on the table.  I am so in love with this stuff!!  I haven't been paid to write this, nor did I receive free product in return for a review.  I just really and truly like this product.  All I had to do was squirt the liquid patina on a soft cloth and wipe it on.....NO BUFFING!  No working my arms and shoulders off waxing a piece of furniture, wiping off the excess and then buffing.  It was wonderful and the finish is gorgeous.

I'm not saying I won't ever use traditional soft wax again, because I still really love the results it gives, but this is a great option.

Here's the table waxed and finished.

I couldn't remove the drawer pulls and because this is a two sided table, there are six drawer pulls.  I had to paint over them, which I'd never done before and it was tricky!   One nice thing about this being a two sided table was on one side I removed a bit more paint then the other, giving it a more authentic and aged look.  

The table now has a place behind my sofa in our open concept living room, kitchen and eating area.  I don't like looking at the back of a couch so this is a bit of a buffer now.  I had fun styling this one and decided to give it two different looks.  Here's the first look.

I can' hardly believe this is the same table I was going to sell! 

If you follow along here regularly, you know I love globes!  Normally I would never paint a globe, but this one had seen better days and as damaged.  I gave it a couple coats of chalkboard paint and had some fun with it.

In the past I've used this table under a window as a bench. It's perfect bench height, so here's another look for the new and improved table.

I'm not sure which look I like more!  I think I'll have some fun and switch it up when I get tired of one look,  Right now, the globes are there because they needed a home.

I know this post has LOTS of pictures, but that's how I roll folks!  If I actually used all the pictures I took, each post would be the size of a small novel. 

I hope you enjoyed this makeover as much as I did!  I'm happy I didn't sell this table.  How about you, have you almost parted with a piece, but kept it and gave it new life instead?  

Thank you for taking the time to read this!