The Little Bench That Could
I love lots of different paints, but this was my first go at chalk style paint and it was awesome – ESPECIALLY if you are super impatient like me! I love FAT Paint. It was perfect for my idea for a painted bench.
I love a vintage, re-loved look and this paint, with no sanding or priming required, it’s super awesome colours, quick dry time and versatility is a god send!
My first project was this little bench:
It was a REALLY blah old stool I recently bought used. It had 80’s fabric, and cherry wood.
I unscrewed the top from the base and wiped it clean then painted the base with 2 coats of chalk paint.
Then, I taught myself to use an electric stapler – that was fun!
This is a similar type of electric stapler I use. I love using an electric stapler and will never go back to a manual one, or a compressor (I’m too impatient to lug it all out.. seriously)
I stapled the only fabric I could find in my house that was useable – drop cloth – to the top.
Why YES that IS my ironing board I’m using as a workbench for this painted bench. Please don’t judge me! Professional at work here people!
That was all I was going to do with it.
But then I starting thinking, and that sometimes can be scary.I thought it was ok, but, not, you know not “wow”.
So I got out some FROG TAPE
May I just say, that there is no better tape than FROG TAPE, use it and no other, seriously, just take my word for it, I have tried others and there is no comparison) and no, of course they are not paying me to say that! FROG TAPE ROCKS. It just does!
My idea involved a Union Jack, and then I found a post on “how to draw a Union Jack” (I can’t remember where but there are several).
I eyeballed the lines…wanted it to be rough and “not perfect”
I don’t do perfect. I do real.
I wish I had better pictures, but I used an exacto knife, scissors and carefully cut the pieces out that were to be painted.
It was a little trickier than I thought..but not crazy hard
I painted straight on the fabric
YES, I painted on the fabric
FAT chalk style paints kinda rock.
Why yes, that is my ironing board, and why yes that is a wool rug under it that I am painting on making an appearance again.
And here is my little Union Jack painted bench:
Total time: a little over 2 hours start to finish
I love chalk paint – these days I use only FAT Paint.
Thanks for popping in!