Today, I have another bench. Are ya’ll tired of benches yet? I also have a great tute on stenciling near the bottom of this post.
This bench was made out of a twin headboard and foot board. As always we (Cathy and I) cut the foot board in half to use as arms (sides) for the bench. I used my Kreg Jig to make pocket holes to join the pieces together. It’s such a tight fit, you don’t need to use wood glue.
We used a 1×6 for the front brace.
When using a level, make sure that you are working on a level surface. This is the ONLY level surface on my entire driveway.
I used my paint sprayer to apply primer.
I then used the paint sprayer to apply Dutch Boy Refresh in “sweetened white”.
I made my design in the Silhouette program. I “ungrouped” the word welcome, so I could make the “w” larger. Then I centered the “elcome” with the “w”. I cut it out of my polka dotted contact paper.
I peeled off the letters (leaving the oodles and boodles). I then applied the stencil onto the back of the bench. You can see that long piece of wood to the right that I used as a spacer when I attached the planks for the seat.
Speaking of the seat, this was the most work we have ever put into a seat. It is hardwood flooring that we (cathy) sanded off the finish, and we then stained with dark walnut. It was a honey oak color and I thought it was too light to use with a white bench.
I used plastic and Scotch Blue painters tape to protect the bench from overspray. I used a new product from Krylon, called Dual. It is primer and paint in one. It worked fabulously on this project!
I started by spraying VERY light coats so that I didn’t have “bleed” happening under the stencil.
I continued with several more very light coats, letting each coat dry in between.
The last coat I applied a little heavier, but I laid the bench down, just to make sure there were no runs, drips, errors or bleeding. I had already removed the plastic when I remembered to take the picture.
I removed all of the plastic and tape. I had used small garbage bags to protect the posts of the headboard.
I removed the stencil. The oodles and boodles are still in place here.
Voila! Virtually NO bleeding under this stencil. However, you can see I did have some overspray on the right. I used the Dutch Boy Refresh paint to touch that spot up.
Here is the bench at Unique Creations! Did you notice it in my post about the store where my booth is? When I went up there today, Kathy had it sitting out in front of the store (outside) to display and draw in new customers! It made me smile to see it sitting there.
It’s going to be very difficult for me to make solid headboard benches without painting some kind of words on there! I love it! Thank You Silhouette America for making my life easier!
See my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage-The Complete Tutorial