Chalk Painting an Upholstered Bench
*Note* This chalk painted bench was starting to crack, so I upholstered it using a drop cloth. Please click here to see the update on this bench. This has been updated on 3-31-16
This past summer we bought this pretty upholstered bench at a garage sale for $10!! Loved the price of it for sure, but wanted a different look for our home. I knew I would either reupholster or chalk paint this new piece of furniture. I decided to chalk paint it because it was the cheapest way to go, and also because I wanted try chalk painting upholstery. I have read some tutorials on it, and was intrigued by this method of giving furniture a new look.
I told myself if the chalk painting method wasn’t what I wanted then I could always reupholster this little bench. After about 8 coats of watered down chalk paint, (I lost count of how many coats I put on, but 8 is about right) I had a pretty new bench.
I mixed up my own chalk paint with some water, plaster of paris, and the paint I used on the dresser. I painted the bench twice over and then let it dry. I kept painting it, letting it dry between coats, until I was satisfied with how it looked. I also painted the legs of the bench, and then wiped stain on them, so it would almost be seamless with the hardwood floors.
This little bench found its home in my daughters’ room right next to the bookcase. I thought it would make a sweet place to read, and big enough to seat me and my little ones for some story time.
This bookcase was given to me by my mom. It used to be in my old room. I gave it a few coats of paint; the same color I used on the dresser. Although they’re not easily seen, I did stencil the butterflies and cherry blossoms on the bookcase to create a matching set with the dresser.
I’ve been busy setting up my daughters’ room. My goal is to have it complete by Christmas. The only thing that probably won’t be finished are the curtains.
Thanks for checking out this post!!