Our shop has been open for a few months now and the painted furniture has been going down a storm. So I thought it about time to start writing a blog, giving you an insight into just how it's done. This is my first post, but I'm hoping to keep you updated every few weeks from now on.
We've had a pine monk's bench lying around for a while now and have just never found a good reason to paint it (truth is I wanted it for myself). Then this week we took delivery of some fantastic new cushions and I just knew the monk's bench would be perfect for them.
The first job was to decide on a colour and I chose Country Grey Chalk Paint as all of my cushion designs contained a bit of this colour. After giving the bench a good clean and watering down the paint to the consistency of single cream to give a smoother finish, I began by applying the paint (there's no need to sand with chalk paint). I started with the detail & moulding, making sure to fill any corners and crevices.
I then applied two coats of paint to the bench, using smooth strokes and working quickly as the paint has a fast drying time.
Once the paint was dry, I decided to distress some areas of the bench in areas where it would usually pick up wear and tear. This gave the bench a more shabby chic look. Although the distressing added a lot of character to the piece, I decided to paint over the mouldings in Old White to accentuate the detail. Holding a piece of paper over the centre of the mouldings allowed me to apply the paint freehand using an art brush.
Now all that remained was to wax the bench with Clear Wax. This darkens the colour slightly as the wax is absorbed into the paint to provide a protective finish. I always use a cloth or rag to apply the wax and then another cloth to remove the excess.
I'm really pleased with the way the bench has evolved during the painting process and the bench is now on display in the shop, looking fantastic adorned with cushions. Resisting keeping it for myself is now even harder.