Dressed In Black... a French Bench

5.23.2013


I have heard so many times folks say that every room should have some black in it and that black grounds a room. Well, I'm not sold that every room needs black, but I do love the look of black furniture and decided to update a piece by painting it black.

I decided to paint the bench in my great room black. I love caning and love how this turned out.

I had been wanting to do this for some time and finally took the plunge last week. 

I used Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter and just quickly brushed it on.

I was truly hoping it would start peeling and I even had used some Vaseline in places so it would help resist.

It did peel pretty good here, but most of the bench got a good sanding.


After all the sanding was done I rubbed the Hemp Oil on all over. I love using the oil. It is so easy.

I am happy with the way it turned out. It really looks like an antique with wear from many years of use.




You can see the before here of the last time I painted it. I liked that, too, but was ready to see it dressed in black.

Hope you will come back tomorrow for another guest blogger's fab favorite room.

Enjoy the long holiday weekend!

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56 comments:

  1. Every room needs a LBD - or a Little Black Piece of Furniture! She's ready to party!
    Kelly

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  2. It looks perfect! I agree that there needs to be a little black, and at one time I went overboard with lots, but now It is just a piece here and there....
    Love the bench!
    Nancy
    http://wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  3. It looks great, Kim. I love how the detailed areas stand out. I have to go back and look at what it looked like before.

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  4. I like both versions, but the black pops more against the lighter wall. It really does look well aged.

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  5. Love the bench! It turned out amazing!

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  6. I love the black - it turns it into a statement piece.

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  7. I am one of those people saying each room needs black and you nailed it with this bench. Perfectly aged.

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  8. loved it before, but wow, the black really makes the details show up on this gorgeous piece!

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  9. I've always heard that too and do love a touch of black but like you, not in every room. Your bench looks beautiful, can't wait to see it in the room...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  10. I am inspired to paint mine that seems a bit too orange all of a sudden... I was thinking of using the AS Graphite as we don't have a MMS dealer around here...

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  11. beautiful piece Kim, love the finish!

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  12. Looks beautiful. I also really like it in the wood and white finishes. Great bench. Hugs, Marty

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  13. This may be my favorite piece of all you have painted! i LOVE IT!!! Love the black and also think every room benefits from a LITLLE black:) XO, pinky

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  14. Kim,

    Your settee's black painted surface looks original and quite early! Fabulous job.

    Was working with black paint messy? Especially sanding?

    Thanks for the tip on Hemp oil....didn't know about it.

    Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend!
    Loi

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  15. Great decision to paint it black!...I agree with Kelly that it is the Little Black Dress in the room!

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  16. I am such a huge fan of black! Happy to see you give a go as the piece turned out beautifully! And it makes your pillow pop as it rests upon the seat. Nice!

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  17. Looks great. I just bought some graphite chalk paint that I'm anxious to use :)

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  18. "Little Black Dress" is the perfect description for your beautiful black bench! Have a fun holdiay! xo

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  19. That bench looks great no matter what color it's wearing! I do love that MMS color you used on it though.

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  20. I was in luv with your bench before... but oooh la la!!! She is very sexy in her new black outfit!Just beautiful. Luv the way you distressed it.
    Tell me abut 'hemp oil' please.
    Happy Thursday Kim.
    Hugs, Gee

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  21. Wow...looks fabulous. Love the bench, I am having a caned furniture obsession these days. The black is really a great touch!
    Amy

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  22. The bench looks great. I think every room needs a rooster in it!!!:) Have a great weekend!

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  23. Kim, I love the black bench. It's such a lovely piece of furniture. Great job.

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  24. Oh, this is so gorgeous! The best makeover yet, and yes, every room needs some black. Peggy

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  25. I'm oggling over the design of this piece, it's beautiful! and I love the black.

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  26. Your bench looks great with its new color. The pillow stands out beautifully and adds some nice color to the bench.
    Mary Alice

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  27. What a gorgeous piece Kim!LOVE that rooster pillow too! I have not used hemp oil yet.Do you just use a rag to apply it and then buff it out?I would think the oil would go a long way as opposed to wax.
    xx
    Anne

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  28. Okay, you've got the French goodness going on for sure!

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  29. You change things so often that I still love your "befores" when you have moved on to "after"! The black is cool...wouldn't have thought of it, but I really like it!

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  30. Love the black! Looks great, Kim!
    Karen

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  31. Looked really good before but this I am really loving. You did a GREAT JOB.

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  32. Spectacular piece! Love the highlighted detailed carvings. Gorgeous.

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  33. What a fabulous patina! You and your magic paintbrush are quite a pair!

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  34. It looks perfect Kim:)

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  35. Beautiful! I'm starting to love black, it's so classy.

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  36. Outstanding! Job well done...love the "new" look!

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  37. I wish I had your vision and nerve! Your settee was so gorgeous before, I never would have thought to touch it...but it looks amazing! Great job with the details!

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  38. Hi Kim, yes you are a brave girl! I love your moxy with this piece! I just painted French bistro bar stools black for my kitchen, and am getting up the nerve to take my sander to them, they just look too new for me...I am looking for some French enamel numbers for the backs to add a little interest...if anyone has a source, I would be very appreciative, N.xo

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  39. I love the way it turned out.

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  40. This redo might be a toss up for me. I liked the before, and I like the after.

    Bliss

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  41. Wow - turned out beautifully ! What does the hemp oil do ?

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  42. This is my favorite piece you have done. It looks fantastic!

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  43. Fabulous bench and gorgeous pillow. Well done!
    Sarah

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  44. I love it black but I'm really surprised that you did it! I love some black in every room but you know me, sometimes too much color!!

    I wanted to mention that I've missed your blog in my Reader I use since you went to the shortened feed. I was going to ask if you can do like Rhoda and extend the feed a little to include just the first picture and snippet of your post. It helps all of us that use a Reader for blogs not to miss your post when we are paging through all the blogs each day.

    Have an awesome holiday weekend!

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  45. The bench is stunning and I love, love, love that pillow you got at the HP market. I read all the comments and seems there is a huge interest in Hemp Oil, how it's used, what are the steps, what is the end result, does it have to be buffed, etc., etc. I'm tired of waxes - they are so time consuming and you have to work yourself to exhaustion. Would you educate us and give us a tutorial, please.

    Thank you, Carolyn

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  46. Kim, this bench is gorgeous, I am loving the black. Great job as always! I am in love with that pillow....still!

    Cynthia

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  47. The bench is just fabulous!! Great job! Now I'm inspired!

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  48. Oh so gorgeous Kim~ love the typewriter black! Your talent and vision with a can of paint knows no bounds! Wishing you & your family a Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  49. I think this piece would look great in a nightgown (LOL)- but now it looks like it's dressed in a smoking hot black evening gown!! I also loved it in the grey too... Congrats on the MMS Feature!

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  50. That bench is jaw dropping GORGEOUS!

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  51. What a beautiful bench! It looks great both ways but change is always nice! Your blog is lovely! Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  52. Love the bench and the aubusson pillow.

    Danney
    https://twitter.com/GoodluckRugs

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