If you’ve stopped by this week, you know I took all of these bits and pieces and made this jenny lind bench
I proceeded to use more bits and pieces in order to add arm rests.
I used paint and primer in one and painted it black. The plan was to paint it black to get all the bits and pieces to be the same color, then paint it turquoise and distress it to reveal some black.
I started on the seat, but decided to do a dry brush technique instead.
I got a little too much turquoise on it . . .
. . . . so I went back over it with some more black.
I did not sand this, it is all dry brushing. Then I talk to a good friend Stephanie, and she encourages me to do a Damask stencil on the seat. She convinces me that I should do that.
When I got my stencil out, I decided that I should do it on the seat “as is” to see if I like it. Hey! It’s only paint, right? I can always paint over it if I don’t like it.
I did a very light coat because I wanted it to be sort of “barely there”.
I ended up liking it.
I will not be keeping this bench. It will be for sale, which makes it difficult to decide. Because, I am so indecisive, I posted a picture on Facebook. It was a very popular post and I got lots of advice from all of my wonderful friends.
The tally was this
- Wouldn’t change a thing/Love it 18
- Paint the seat black with stencil (ranging from white to cream to turquoise) 13
- Paint bench teal and distress 2
- Black stencil 3
- Whitewash with Blue over Black 1
- Use a Greek Key Stencil instead of the Damask 1
- Black and White with accents on the spindles 1
So, I left it alone, covered it with a sheet and started on another bench made from two old chairs.
If you would like to see the tutorial of the bench, check out my post Jenny Lind Bed Bench, if you want to see how I added the arms, check out my post Jenny Lind Bed Bench Pt 2
There are a couple of places that need a touch-up, but after that it is done.
I decided to go with Damask pillows instead of a Damask stencil.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.