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Headboard Bench Makeover

bench before and after

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.

Headboard Bench Makeover

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!

bench 2

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.

bench 3

Then, on the flip side of the printed words, I scribbled over the letters with a pencil.

bench 4

Next, I taped the print down on the bench with green tape, then traced over the letters with a pen.

bench 5

This left pencil markings on the bench to fill in with color. I did this using a small paintbrush and black paint.

Headboard Bench Makeover

Once the paint on the letters dried, I sanded over the words to give it a weathered, faded look. That’s it!

Headboard Bench MakeoverAm 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!

bench before and after



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I was given the opportunity to review a stencil of my choice from Royal Design Studio!  I said yep!  Have I ever stenciled before?  Nope.

Their website is full of gorgeous stencils.  They have so many choices, it took me days to decide.  But I kept coming back to the Chez Ali pattern.

Not having stenciled anything big before, I decided to stencil the ceiling in my powder room.  Yes, the ceiling.  😉  It was a little challenging, given the fact that I only have two arms, and could have used some more.  (I’m not very good at asking for help.)

stencil 2

My ceiling is an odd shape.  I did my best to find the center, and started from there.  Once the stencil was taped to the ceiling, the painting went fairly quick.  Working over your head, when you are too stubborn to ask for help, does require frequent breaks though. 😉

stencil 3
Tape around your ceiling where it meets the wall. This will prevent the paint from getting on the wall once you get close to the edge of the ceiling.
stencil 5
This was my last section to stencil. Working around the vent was easier than I had anticipated.

Included with your stencil package, from Royal Design Studio, is a ceiling filler.  This is a smaller stencil that allows you to get up close to the edge of your ceiling.  Brilliant!

stencil 6

brush and paint
This sample size jar of paint was all I needed to do the bathroom ceiling. There’s still a half left.

I used the paint sample I had from my bedroom.  It was plenty!  Not a lot of paint is needed.  Actually less is more.

Once I was finished with the ceiling, I let it go for a day, then decided to use a “glaze” on the ceiling to soften the contrast.  The glaze consisted of  a little white semi-gloss paint, some water, and Valspar Translucent Iridescent Glazed.  I stirred it all together and applied it with a rag in a circular motion.  After two coats of the glaze, the color was softer and had an aged look to it.

stencil 12

stencil 11
Finished! Woohoo!

Thank you Royal Design Studio!  Now I’m walking around my house to see what else I can stencil. 😀

In a few days I will host a Royal Design Studio stencil giveaway.  The winner will have the opportunity to choose a stencil of their choice… a $50.00 value!


Disclosure: Stencil was provided to me by Royal Design Studio. 

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