Chippy Painted Bench-DIY Project
Ya’ll, I’m totally fan girlin’ out over Fixer-Upper. Can you believe I’ve never seen it before last week?! Once I was I discovered chippy distressed wood, I knew exactly what craft I wanted to do this week.
I got this bench from my neighbor who was about to get rid of it. Having no idea what I wanted to do with it, I snatched it up; I just knew I couldn’t let it go to the dump. I posted it on Instagram, asked for suggestions, and then dove head long into an epic veg session of Fixer Upper. That’s when it hit me; I’m going to distress that bench! I jumped on Pinterest for little material inspiration and went straight to the closet where all the old cans of paint were. Guess what!? Thanks to my mini hoarding obsession, I had everything I needed right in that closet. This project was destined to be.
Here are the materials I collected:
- Sand paper (I had some leftfrom last week’s Mason Jar project)
- White latex paint
- Wood stain
- Some paint brushes
…and of course the bench
Here’s your visual how to:
When projects turn out to be as easy as this one was, the giddiness can’t be contained and I began looking all around for more furniture to distress. It’s a good thing my husband was there to point out the difference between wood and laminate for me. ***Oh, and before you get started, you should know this-if the paint drips, or you get spots in a place you didn’t intend, that’s called a happy accident! Roll with it, you can always run over it with the sand paper and make it look like it was supposed to be there.
OK, so here’s the steps to complete the project:
- Prep your bench by wiping the surface of any dust or dirt.
- Sand away any edges that you want smoothed out.
- Stain your wood to a desired color. This is the color that will show through after you remove the white paint. Let this dry according to the directions.
- Now use Vaseline in areas where you want the paint to really chip away. **Tip-forget the paint brush. I used my hands to wiped it across my desired areas.
- Using the latex paint, paint your bench. I chose to only do a part of the bench, do whatever makes you happy. Let the paint dry, but not completely, you want to be able to wipe some of it away. I have a fast dry paint, so I waited about ½ hour.
- Last, wipe away the paint from the Vaseline areas, then take your sand paper and lightly sand all over your latex paint until you reach your desired amount of distress/chippy look.
I thought last week’s project was the best, but this week’s project has officially topped it as my new favorite. The absolute best part is that all the materials for this project were already in my house. This was literally free for me.
So then next time you see a neighbor getting ready to move, be sure to keep an eye on them. Can it be considered creepy… sure, but you could end up with some total gems! And be sure the next time you’re at a garage sale or thrift store, you look at everything with a “chippy” eye!