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Vanity Bench Makeover Chalk Painted in Pure White

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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.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench before the makeover.

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.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity bench before the makeover. Toile needs to go.

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.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover. Tea towel used as upholstery for the bench seat.

There was no need for sewing or trimming the towel.

2 Bees in a Pod. Use a staple gun for upholstery

I simply stapled it into place. Perfect, right? It looks like an authentic antique French linen towel.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover. tea Towel used as fabric for the seat cover.

The bench turned out just like the vision in my head.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover in Pure White Chalk Paint


2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover. Painted with ASCP in Pure White.

Do you see the layered paint? I distressed the edges that would normally get a lot of wear and tear.

2 Bees in a Pod. Sand, distress and wax legs.

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.

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity bench makeover. Tea Towel seat cover.


2 Bees in a Pod. tea Towel used as bech fabric seat cover.


2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity bench makeover with pure white chalk paint


2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover iwth Chalk Paint.

Why didn’t I do this sooner? 🙂

2 Bees in a Pod. Vanity Bench Makeover.

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!

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  1. Love love love the way this turned out Vicki! Those stripes are perfection and you already know how I feel about white paint….my heart is full 🙂 Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Great transformation. Nice job!

  3. shirley Potempa says:

    I love this bench so much I’m going to try and copy it. Thanks for all the information.
    I have a good old iron bench about that size and it needs to be redone. If it looks
    good enough maybe my daughter will want it 🙂 I’M 81.5 AND IMSPIRED! Thanks.

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