Big Box Store Bench to Farmhouse Style Bench

Today we’d like to welcome Kadie from 7 Alive to our blog for her very first post with us. She took a generic, big box store bench and turned it into this lovely, farmhouse style bench with Vanilla Frosting, Luscious Lime, and a bit of distressing!

Hello my name is Kadie, and I blog at 7 Alive {}, my site is full of crafts, DIY projects, and my ramblings about being a mom to 5 kiddos. I’m so excited to be a part of the 2015 Blogger Squad for Country Chic Paint. This is my first project using their paints and it will not be my last. I love everything about this paint line!
I took this big box store bench and turned it into a farmhouse style bench.
Big Box Store Bench to Farmhouse Style Bench #DIY #paintedfurniture #distressed #farmhouse -
Big Box Store Bench to Farmhouse Style Bench #DIY #paintedfurniture #distressed #farmhouse -
The distressed look can be achieved easily without any sanding, we are only using water. Using water to distress is a great way to achieve the chippy look of farmhouse style with chalk paint. I used Country Chic Gold Wax on the legs to give the detail a little more dimension and because I love the look of the gold peaking through.
Big Box Store Bench to Farmhouse Style Bench #DIY #paintedfurniture #distressed #farmhouse -
Chalk type paint is my favorite type of paint to use on furniture, mostly because there is so little prep with chalk paint. Country Chic paint is perfect for the DIYer and is also VOS free, meaning I can paint in the house without the fumes bothering my family.
I was able to paint this bench in the house on a windy chilly day without my kids even knowing. That is a huge win to me!
Chalk paint is great at covering furniture however with something like this, you will defiantly need at least two coats {I usually need two coats anyway}. I should have started by flipping the bench over and painting the underside first, I got a little over excited and started at the top, then had to turn it over and paint the bottoms. This is a classic case of do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do, lol. But starting at the bottom does make it easier. I covered the entire bench in Vanilla Frosting first, then covered the top in two coats of Luscious Lime.
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After covering everything in 2 coats you are ready to distress. I chose to lightly chip the top only, rather than the entire bench.
To distress the top take a rag and soak it in warm water, then rub away at the top. Doing this when the paint is still a little wet will make it a little easier. If you rub very hard in the same spot it will rub away all the layers to the wood below. You can even use your fingernail to chip away at the paint.
After you chip as much paint away as you like, you will need to use something to stop the chipping process. I used Tough Coat from Country Chic Paint on our bench, this will also protect the bench from the abuse it will get in our home. It was easy to brush on with a foam brush and dried very clear.
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You can also see the slight shine from the Country Chic Gold Wax on the legs. I used the wax very lightly on this project just to add a little shimmer, I love it and plan on using it a lot in the future.
It didn’t take long to transform this bench into something that I love and fits with our home decor much better. I think it is now one of my favorite pieces. I can’t wait to get started on another paint project and share it with you all.

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Kadie {Seven Alive}

Hello I’m Kadie! I blog at 7 Alive, a blog full of crafts, DIYs, crochet, and my ramblings about being a mom to 5 energetic kiddos. I love using paint to transform unloved items into something loved and I’m so excited to share those items. Stop by and visit the blog, facebook, pinterest, or twitter for more fun!

Make sure to follow Kadie on her blog Seven Alive, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram!

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