UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: Revamped Bench from Drabby to Shabby (Chic) to Photography Prop Bench, using homemade chalk paint

Monday, May 27, 2013

Revamped Bench from Drabby to Shabby (Chic) to Photography Prop Bench, using homemade chalk paint

I purchased this plain jane bench on Friday at a garage sale for only $2.

Eeek! When he told me how much it was, I couldn't get my money out fast enough to buy it!

I was so excited to turn it into a photography prop!

How cute will that be??? I knew I would want to paint in chalk paint!

I went out Saturday, bought some paint, wax, and Plaster of Paris. Amazon sells it the cheapest so far that I've seen.

Mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 2 tablespoons of water. Mix it with a plastic fork to make it a nice consistency.  Then add it to 8 oz of paint.
I love samplers! I buy mine at Home Depot for only $3. They are perfect for small furniture projects. They come in 8 oz containers. You pick the color out an they mix it for you. This color is called Surfer. However, I wanted it to be more Turquoise, so after realizing it was lighter than I wanted I added some blue paint to make it darker and richer.
So, my advice is if you like the end result of the bench, then I would go with a shade darker than Surfer.

  I first added some wood filler glue, to the seating part. It had a rusted nail poking through, which is Nooo Bueno! I let that dry over a 6 hour period. Then I began painting it with just a plain ole sponge brush. The great thing about chalk paint is it doesn't leave streaks. I don't know why, but it doesn't. I painted the first coat on Saturday night, and then another coat Sunday night. 
Then today I lightly sanded it.

 After sanding it I then began rubbing on this wax by MiniWax.
I rubbed it on with an old t shirt, however if you have a fancy waxing brush or machine, by all means go with the good stuff. I am too frugal to buy the nice stuff, lol.
Maybe one day I will find one at a thrift store or Goodwill. Ha, highly unlikely!
I rubbed it all over the bench except on the edges. On the edges I drizzled of blackish brown paint (that I already have for a future project) and mixed it with about a table spoon of wax.

By the way these little mixing tray you keep seeing are Lean Cuisine frozen dinner tray. I wash mine out after I am done and use them for everything from painting, to mixing stuff to holding decoupage. They work great! And I am not having to waste a paper plate or plastic cup., and they are better because its more like a bowl.
Then, you rub it on the edges or anywhere you want it to become darker. It just really brings out the depth and makes it look more antiqued. 

I am not in love with the final product :( I really wished I would have put Vaseline around certain spots of the bench before I painted it, so it would just chip instead of me having to sand it. I feel like it doesn't look naturally shabby chic. 
But... I still think it will be Super Cute in my kid photo shoots!

Thanks for tuning in!


  1. Hi Allie - Your little bench came out beautiful. Such a cute piece of furniture. It looks very shabby chic - I think we are our worst critics when we judge our own work :)

  2. I love the little bench - color and shabbiness. I didn't know about using vaseline and will have to try it.

  3. Haha, yes I learned the vasoline trick from pinterest, and it really works, I just didn't have any for this project.

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    Thanks for sharing : )

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