The Valentine’s Day Bench


I haven’t been feeling very creative lately.  Sometimes that happens and I feel like it might be something like writers block or maybe it’s just laziness, lack of motivation, etc.  But I spoke with one of my good facebook friends over at  The Glory Painted Furniture and she helped to inspire me.

Let me apologize for the pictures, I use my phone because I don’t want to quit painting long enough to get my camera.  With that said, this before picture is typical of this style of bench.  I believe the tapestry style fabric was original to the piece because when I removed it, the foam and trim just disintegrated.  It was really quite….yucky, as my grandson put it.


I cleaned this bench with TSP, as I do every piece of furniture I paint, and only sanded the deepest gouges because I was going for a farmhouse look, not the original colonial style of this bench.  I love Miss Mustard Seeds milk paint and I chose to use the color Ironstone to achieve the farmhouse look.


As you can see from the above picture, I did not apply the paint neatly.  I’m not a neat painter anyway, but I wanted it be more layered and chippy.  After the first coat, the paint began to chip.  You would think this is what I wanted, but, in my experience, it is never good for the milk paint to chip on the first coat.  That usually means I didn’t clean the piece very well or we can think of it as the history of all the people who sat on the bench letting us know they were there.  I like that one better. 🙂


Anyway, after the second coat, the chipping went wild, too wild!  It definitely caused some problems, but none that can’t be fixed.  I had three options.  1) clean it again (don’t like this one), 2) try to sand the area and hope that the paint sticks next time (not the smartest option) or 3) mix up some more paint and add Miss Mustard Seeds bonding agent and try to seal it in.  I chose number 3!  I still got some minor chipping, however it looked much better.


Now, you might say “you can’t paint over chipped paint, it will show the chipping” and you would be right.  It did show through, but remember, I’m going for a layered, chippy, farmhouse look and this fit right in.  I just sanded the areas with 100 grit sandpaper until I was satisfied that it still looked good, not just a crazy mess.  Before I applied the top coat, I sanded with a 220 grit sandpaper to make it smooth.  As you can see in the photos, there is a subtle difference between the before chipping and the after on the spindles and the back.

There were more problems after I put the water based polycrylic topcoat on, but we’ll discuss that in another post.


Let’s just say this bench came out looking exactly as I had envisioned.  It was a labor of love, which makes it the perfect Valentine’s Day bench to put in my booth.  And doesn’t it look adorable with the chippy red stool and Valentine’s Day pillows!

I can’t wait to show you the sign I made recently.

So tell me what you think and what you would have done differently?



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5 Responses to The Valentine’s Day Bench

  1. Your bench turned out great and I ❤ how it looks with the bright red pillows!


  2. Caroline says:

    I just read recently that if you don’t rinse the TSP totally it can cause your paint to chip- so maybe that was it?

    But I love the chippy!! Great re-do!


  3. Pingback: Salvaged Wood Fence Post Sign | Redoux it Vintage

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