Easy and Awesome How To Paint A Bench with Video

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I got this wooden bench from a thrift store and it was made by my friend Frank (Hi Frank!)  It didn’t quite match my home’s colors and I wanted it to fit in with our mountain decor.  I knew it was time to upcycle with a little paint, stenciling and more…

Here is the original bench. It’s color was a taupe color and it just didn’t match my home’s colors.

Easy and Awesome How To Paint A Bench with Video

Easy and Awesome How To Paint A Bench Instructions

I painted the legs with Apple Barrel Brown acrylic paint.

I painted the top and side of the bench with Apple Barrel Warm Buff paint and let that dry completely.

I made a mixture of the Apple Barrel Brown with water to create a glaze. I painted this on the top of the bench.

I used a wood grain tool I had on hand to create a wood grain effect on the top. I rocked the tool back and forth to create the textured look as I dragged it along the top of the bench.

I did the same thing to the sides of the seat of the bench as well.

I let this all dry completely.

I place my Plaid Woodland Stencil of a Moose onto my bench and held it secure with painters tape.

I used Apple Barrel White with a little Apple Barrel Warm Buff mixed in to get the stencil color I wanted.

I used My Plaid stencil brush, dipped the brush in the paint and then pounced the brush to unload as as much paint as possible to be ready to stencil. I then pounced the my stencil brush onto the bench and stencil.

I carefully lifted the stencil off and let the moose dry completely.

Here is the completed bench. I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Easy and Awesome How To Paint A Bench Video


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What is the best way to paint a bench?

  • Fix any problems like rust, chipping old paint, mildew, fill nooks and crannies etc
  • Start by sanding, you can use a sander to remove stain or loose paint (don’t forget to protect yourself with googles and a mask.)
  • Wipe off the the dirt and dust
  • Add a primer, as primer helps get the piece ready and helps the paint stay on
  • Use a paintbrush or you can use spray paint, whichever you prefer to paint the bench
  • Know your paint depending if you’re fixing garden furniture or outdoor furniture, or perhaps indoor furniture. A garden bench per say needs a different type of paint than an indoor one. Choose from satin, latex paint, acrylic paint, etc.
  • Add second coats if necessary and honor dry times between coats.
  • Add a protective top coat.

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  1. Nice job, Chas. I love the faux wood board look!

    1. Thank you Linda, we got to bring it to our condo during the Thanksgiving weekend. We are so excited how it fits in our home.

  2. What a cute bench! I love it. I am not creative at all (except for with words, I guess :-)) so I am always so impressed when I see the creations of others. Well done!

    1. Thank you so much Megan, and I think what you are sharing is special too. Writing and putting it all out there is a talent too.

  3. Looks great – thanks for sharing! I have some benches to make next year and this post is giving me some ideas!

    1. Thanks so much Daron and I’d love to see what you create.

    1. Thank you so much Tracy and thanks for the great link party.

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