Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chalk Paint Vanity Bench

Hello All!!
I am so excited about this post! You may remember quite a while back I posted a pick of some garage sale and estate sale finds. 

One of my favorite finds was this here antique vanity bench. I paid twenty five dollars for it, which for me is a lot to spend at an estate sale, but I really felt this bench had some potential. Well, it's been almost a YEAR since I've had the bench and I have finally refurbished it....

Ta Da!! 
What do ya think?
Oh! Does that pillow look familiar? 
It's my copy cat version of {this ADORABLE pillow} 
made by Lucy at the Craftberry Bush. One of my all time favorite blogs! 
If you haven't gone to visit her, you really should.
Anyway, I just loved the pillow so much...
I had to make one of my own.

 I used three layers of paint on this lovely lady.
First, I used some turquoise-y blue craft paint I had stashed away from previous projects.
Second, I painted on some of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Old White, and then I painted on some Paris Grey. Once the Paris Grey paint dried, I used a 60 grit piece of sand paper on her. I sanded a few spots making sure you could see all the different layers. 
I didn't want the ole' girl looking too new with her fresh coats of paint.

And last but not least, I used some clear furniture paste wax (from Home Depot) that I tinted with a touch of
brown craft paint. I am so excited about the final finish!!
I love the loved and worn look. :)

 I then re-upholstered the bench with a fantastic piece of vintage fabric I acquired from a different estate sale, and a one inch thick piece of foam given to me from a neighbor and fellow crafter. I love that the only thing "new" about this bench is her look!! {breaking out into song: Isn't she loooovely}

The fabric is a gorgeous blue and white plush velvet,
the perfect touch for a luxurious look and feel. 

Am I the only one or does it make your heart skip a 
beat when you see that turquoise paint peeking through? 

And here she is, sitting in her new home in our home...
In our front office near the entry way.
A great spot for poppin' a squat to take off your shoes and 
get cozy when you walk in the door.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you!! :) I'm so glad you like!

  2. I'm a big fan of layering. Love what you did to this piece. I'm following, and looking forward to future visits.

  3. Love, love, love! Everything fits perfectly. Great redo!


  4. I completely understand the heart-skipping thing :) Yes, it skips with turquoise paint peaking through, and I actually thought about it the other day when I scrolled through my recent post and saw a close-up of the crystal. Crystal, china, silver also make my heart skip and sing, and I'm so glad. I told my husband recently, as I did this recent table, that I love being a girl and playing with all this beautiful stuff! Your bench is heart-skipping worthy! ~Zuni

    PS I'm following you now.

  5. My heart skipped more than one beat when I saw that turquoise peeking through. Beautiful job!

  6. Just visited to see if there was anything new, everything just looks so great. I think you may have to come do some things at my house!!!!

  7. Love you can't wait to see the boys!