Do you have an old hall bench that no longer matches your decor? Why spend money on a new one when you can easily transform it at low cost? In this blog, I take you step by step through how I revamped an entrance bench of one of my clients with the color Sunflower by Colorantic.
Step 1 – Preparation
My client’s bench had an old oiled finish, so I sprayed the cleaner all over it and let it sit for a good 15 min. I then used a damp cloth and rubbed it all over. I rinsed several times until there was no residue on my laundry. I let the surface dry for 1 hour.
Step 2 – The color
Since the bench was quite dark, I applied 2 coats of sunflower paint, letting it dry between coats. The paint dries very quickly and is very covering.
Step 3 – ” Antiquing ”
Once the paint was dry, but still cool, I proceeded to antiquing. Using a damp white cloth (hot water) I rubbed in strategic places to remove paint to mimic the wear and tear of time. In a few places I have used the sanding block.
Step 4 – Finishing
Again I let it dry, but this time it was 2 hours. I then applied 2 coats of matte varnish, sanding lightly with 400 grit sandpaper between the 2 coats.
Here is some important information.
I could have antiqued it more with a colorful glaze which would have created a more rustic look. My client’s decor is rustic, warm, but too rustic was not appropriate.
And I used varnish rather than wax since the bench is very useful for the family so we needed a good resistance. The entrance of the house is made of wood, sunflower puts a beautiful light in the room.