The Entryway Bench

Before I announce the 2 lucky winners, I want to thank all of you that entered my first giveaway. I was so worried that I wouldn’t get any entries and you all proved me wrong. Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now let’s get right down to it and announce our 2 winners.

Congratulations Dana and Meena! I have sent you both an email.

As much fun as it is to give money away, I still have lots of projects to get to. The entryway bench is one of those projects that should have been quick and easy but…um, yeah…not so much. I thought I would throw a quick coat of paint on it, taking it from white to black, but it’s turned into something more complicated. First, I tried spray primer and paint and that was a disaster.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comThen I tried what I thought was oil based primer and paint (after we thoroughly sanded it down) and that was also a disaster.

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No matter what I did, you could see brush strokes. It just looked awful. Mr. Cยฒ had an idea to try to thin the paint with paint thinner to see if it would spread better but, after reading the can, we found out that you could only use acetone to thin it (which explains why the paint was drying so quickly). The oil based paint I know allows you to use paint thinner so we figure that maybe the paint I used was some kind of new formula. I don’t know for certain but we stopped by the store and picked up some real oil based paint (which is getting harder to find BTW). Round 3…I ended up getting a gloss finish thinking that the satin finish was one of my problems.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comI only did the top and I will say that the paint was 100 times better, but I hated the finish…too shiny. Ugh. I was ready to admit defeat and chop it up for firewood but I gave it a few days and made one last attempt at saving the bench from “you know where”.

I decided to cover the top with a cushion so I went to Joann’s and bought some 4″ foam and batting. I had some fabric left over from my chair redo project so I just used that with the thought that if I ever come across something I love, I can change it.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comEntryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comI added some upholstery tacks to each corner to dress it up a bit and called it done. At last.

Entryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comEntryway Bench | chatfieldcourt.comIt does look much better, I think. I’m still not over the fact that it took so much work to do. I will say that I think using 4″ foam makes it look better. At least that’s one thing that worked in my favor.

Ok, on to the next project. If I ever say I want to do a quick paint change on something, remind me of this. On second thought you better not mention it unless you want to see me cry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you think, does it look better? Would you keep at something until it you were happy with it or would you move on to the next project and forget about it?

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  1. Wednesday,July 9, 2014 / 6:42 am

    Wow – good solution! It looks great! I have to admit I probably would’ve given up. . .

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 9, 2014 / 11:46 am

      Thanks Barbara. My husband thought I was crazy to keep at it but I guess I’m just stubborn like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. MaryJean
    Wednesday,July 9, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I really like it! It looks like a nice comfy place to sit and take your shoes or boots off. I see your hubby has a pneumatic stapler. I gotta get me one of those! It kills my wrists to use the hand one and my hubby has a compressor that I could hook it up to.
    Anyway, quite a few years ago I inherited a wrought iron patio set, sofa, two chairs, table and chairs, coffee table and end table. Basically the works. It was in dire need of paint and the cushions needed to be replaced with new fabric. There were 11 cushions and I got the bright idea to redo them myself. I bought the vinyl fabric and set to work sewing on my Singer (not a professional machine) and decided to also put in zippers in each one. It took awhile, but I got them done. I needed to paint the furniture next and I sanded, primed and then painted it all. I was so proud of myself! Well, shortly after that the final coat started peeling off. I was ready to scream! I haven’t repainted them yet bc when the cushions are on you can’t see it, but that is one of my next projects. So I know how you feel when something doesn’t work out the way you planned. I’ll let you know how it works this time and if it does it again the set may be out by the curb! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Kristi
      Friday,July 11, 2014 / 1:03 am

      Thanks MJ. Yes that is a pneumatic stapler that we bought for my chair project and I love to use it.
      Sounds like you’ve had some paint issues too. Isn’t it so frustrating to spend so much time painting and then something goes wrong? Hopefully the next time will turn out better and they won’t have to be kicked to the curb. Good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Shirlee
    Tuesday,July 15, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Boy, that bench sure was trying your patience. However it looks great with it’s new look and I like the nail head details. I’ve never used nail heads and was wondering if you used a rubber mallet to tack them in. I’m thinking of using them on a project in my kitchen.

    Glad you stuck to the bench project and found a happy outcome I’m like that too, will keep at it and not admit defeat!

    Have a great week!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 16, 2014 / 12:55 am

      Hi Shirlee! Great to see you! This was the first time I used the upholstery tacks and they were really easy to use. I just used my regular small hammer and they went in in a couple of taps. Several tacks went in and out a few times and the hammer never did any damage to them.
      I’m glad I stuck with it. I really like how it turned out. Us stubborn girls need to stick together. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      So glad you stopped by and, as always, I appreciate your comment.

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