I have a secret. Not a deep dark one or anything like that – just an embarrassing one. Ever since Honey Bee and I downsized to a smaller home last year, we haven’t been able to park our vehicles in our garage. Why? Well, the garage is full of boxes, crap and stuff that had no space inside the house and were relegated to the garage.
While I know that it is ridiculous to hold onto so much “stuff” and I am certain our neighbors and friends talk about us I have made a vow. I have promised myself that I will work on this “stuff” – I will use, purge or donate. The first item to get “used” is this vanity bench. We always need extra seating in the house and the vanity bench is a perfect fit. The best part about this vanity bench makeover is that I had everything on-hand!
This bench was purchased at an estate sale for just $5.00! Although I love the color red this shade was a bit too bright. In person and in a certain light it looked like it had bright pink in it.
The pink toile made it look even more dated. I chose to paint the base with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. My vision for the vanity bench makeover was for it to look like it had years and years of layered paint.
Here is another piece of good fortune. These tea towels were purchased a few months ago at HomeGoods, two for $5.99.. One towel was the perfect size to recover the seat cushion.
There was no need for sewing or trimming the towel.
I simply stapled it into place. Perfect, right? It looks like an authentic antique French linen towel.
The bench turned out just like the vision in my head.
Do you see the layered paint? I distressed the edges that would normally get a lot of wear and tear.
I added a coat of clear paste wax to the entire piece, followed by a very light layer of dark paste wax.
The wax adds a layer of protection to the painted surface.
Why didn’t I do this sooner?
My goal is to inspire you to reimagine a piece of furniture for you home in your unique style. This entire vanity bench makeover cost me less than $9.00 – and we now have additional seating in our living room.
There is just a little bit of free space in the garage now. Little by little, I will keep my vow and reclaim the garage for its intended purpose.
Be sure to come back and visit us on Friday. I also painted an armoire…and I am in love with the new look!