How the Look Was Achieved

1.28.2011

Thanks so much for all or your wonderful comments regarding my latest projects. I know
many of you requested a tutorial for how I achieved this look on my bench.



I don't have step by step pictures, but I can explain what I used and in what steps.


I did not use a primer and you may want to especially if the piece is actually used. We basically
just look at this piece. It just fills a huge void on the wall it sits on.


First I painted it white with Ivorie by SW paint because I thought I wanted it white. Then I decided
I wanted it more of a color so I went to my new favorite again, Silvermist my SW and I brushed it
on slap hazardly (not evenly). I am trying to create the look of it being old and worn over many years.


 I took my newest paint, that I used on the walls in the guest room, called Dill Weed by Benjamin Moore and just brushed it on in a few spots.


After the paint dried I sanded off a few places with a medium grit sandpaper.


 I mixed a black paint called Seal by SW with some clear glaze I had on hand by Behr paints.
You  want to mix one part paint to four parts glaze. Then I just brushed that on one area at a time and took a damp cloth to take some of it back off. You can decide how heavy or light you want to 
leave it.


I let all this dry overnight and then used wipe on polyurethane all over it. Let that dry
and voila. An old worn looking bench.


I hope you have the best weekend. Supposed to be in the sixties here!

KIM

21 comments:

  1. You are such an inspiration! Thanks for the details!

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  2. Thank you! Now if I just wouldn't be such a chicken, I would go paint mine! Have a great weekend!

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  3. Thanks for giving us a "how to"..it really is a beautiful technique!

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  4. Thanks Kim,
    You did an awesome job on this bench..I'm so afraid of painting furniture...I buy it painted and bring it back to stain ha ha!!
    Hope you have a GREAT weekend my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  5. LOVE the bench ~ such a lovely colour ~ fabulous job ;-)

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  6. Great Job! The bench looks beautiful! Thanks for the how to, I need to find a piece with detail so I can try your technique. It really looks great.
    Toni

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  7. Love this bench! I CANNOT WAIT until this weekend, it suppose to be in the 50s here. I'm hoping to finish painting some stuff too. :)

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  8. absolutely beautiful. I'm about to distress and glaze a bedroom set for my daughter and I'm so nervous!

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  9. Hi Kimmie! Your bench is just beautiful! You are great with all these redos! I just don't know how you find the time to do all you do.
    Be a sweetie and hope Little Miss feels better soon,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. You just keep getting better and better and better, Kim...at the painting and the 'splaining, Lucy!
    It turned out perfect...Glad YOUR weather is nice...I noticed about an hour ago that there are winter storm advisories out for the night here. Great. Happy New Year~ Diana

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  11. You make it all sound so easy and effortless.
    Ha! ~ I know better! You are one talented lady, Kim.
    This looks gorgeous. Love the pillows.
    ~ Sarah
    In the 70s here today!

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  12. I am amazed at how you use glaze. Mine never turns out sticking in the crevices well. I haven't tried mixing glaze & paint yet, but I can't wait to give it a shot!
    I just adore that bench!
    Lacy

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  13. THANK YOU for the instructions. I have never really known all the painting techniques but I know so much can be done. I look forward to studying this more. I just scrolled down and saw your last project!!! Oh MY GOODNESS!! I am in love with it!!!

    Donna

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  14. Thanks for all your pointers on how to achieve something like this. It's very helpful. However, I keep reminding myself I shouldn't expect my first attempt to be anywhere near the success of yours!
    Best,
    Susan

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  15. You are a master Miss Kim!
    I enjoy seeing all of your projects.

    Do you buy gallons to have on hand or quarts?

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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  16. So happy I found your blog tonight. This piece turned out wonderful. Thank you for sharing your methods! You did an awesome job!
    Beth

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  17. Hi Kim,
    Your bench is glorious, I love love love it. You amaze me with all your painting saavy. You always do such a wonderful job on everything you paint.
    I saw your post where you had the silver fruit bowl on your dining room table.
    I also have a fruit bowl on my dining room table as well, but it is glass. I love using fruit all the time, but especially this time of the year since I use a lot of reds still.
    Have a Wonderful Weekend hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

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  18. Your bench is gorgeous. The layers of colors are just perfect, not garish. I will envy this forever, sigh.

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  19. I'm catching up on blogs today. I just love both this piece and the one you modge podged. Great fabric for that project. Any idea if that can be removed? I would love to try it on something but just wonder if you can take it off somehow if you want to try something else down the line.

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  20. I'm catching up on blogs today. I just love both this piece and the one you modge podged. Great fabric for that project. Any idea if that can be removed? I would love to try it on something but just wonder if you can take it off somehow if you want to try something else down the line.

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  21. Thanks for the details Kim. I'm going to use the glaze on the details of a dresser I'm painting. Now I have more confidence to do it. Your bench is beautiful and looks like an antique. Love your blog.

    Peace,
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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