The tutorial for this headboard bench was my first blog post in 2011. Three and a half years ago. It was definitely time for a makeover!
This bench has been all around my house, never really finding a good resting place. It’s last stop was the front porch.
But after a good cleaning and sanding, I brought the bench inside the house to paint new life into it.
I used Americana Decor Chalky Paint in “Primitive” from Home Depot. Never tried this brand of chalk paint before, but it was less expensive than some, so I thought I’d give it a try.
I like it!
After the bench was painted, I decided to painted on words. (There’s never a plan with me!) I did it the easy way… I printed out the words using my ink jet printer.
Then, on the flip side of the printed words, I scribbled over the letters with a pencil.
Next, I taped the print down on the bench with green tape, then traced over the letters with a pen.
This left pencil markings on the bench to fill in with color. I did this using a small paintbrush and black paint.
Once the paint on the letters dried, I sanded over the words to give it a weathered, faded look. That’s it!
Am I ever REALLY done though? Nope. The bench needed a little something more, so I made a couple of envelope, reversible pillows in fabric that coordinated with the bench color. (Pillow Tutorial soon.) Now I may be done. 🙂
Okay now… do I keep it or sell it at the antique booth? My mind was set to repaint and sell, but now I don’t know!