A Caned Bench For The French Style Guest Room

9.17.2015

When I bought the old worn chippy chair that I placed in the farmhouse style guest room I also visited another shop across the street that sells antiques and is a consignment shop, too. I just love finding new shops.




Not long after I walked in I spied this caned bench. I just love caning and the price was good. But wait, it didn't look like this when I bought it.

This is what it looked like and it was okay and I was going to use it this way, but I knew I could hopefully make it look even better and older looking with a coat of paint and waxes.

I layered two colors on the bench. First coat was Berge followed by Layla's Mint. Both are Miss Mustard Seed milk paints I had on hand.

Then I mixed some Graphite Miss Mustard Seed milk paint powder with some clear Annie Sloan wax to add a bit of gray to the bench.

The wax was the perfect color for making the bench look old and as you can see the milk paint was doing its thing and chipping beautifully.

Some areas were helped along by sanding.





Now it sits at the end of the bed in the guest room in place of the basket.

Do you like caning like I do?

I painted the bench a few weeks ago and this past weekend something else in here got painted.
 I will share that soon.

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28 comments:

  1. You made the bench come to life with your paint job!
    Mary Alice

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  2. Kim I love the painted bench! You did a great job, it was pretty before, but it's gorgeous now! Thank you for visiting!!

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  3. I like cane. I have 6 vintage cane back chairs that are going in my dining room. However, they need to be darkened or aged just a bit (too stark off-white) and I am not looking forward to that. LOL I may like cane, but I don't particularly like painting!

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  4. Love it! Perfect size and the redo is fabulous! I love caning too.

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  5. Love the way it turned out. The layers of color and cracking make it look perfectly old.

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  6. Wow! That looks perfect, Kim!!! I can't wait to try some of that milk paint in wax!!! That was pure GENIUS:) The bench is absolutely perfect!

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  7. Great find and a beautiful transformation....Looks great at the foot of the bed!

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  8. I love your cane bench and the colors you chose! I've been wrestling with color choices for a sideboard in my kitchen/dining room. I may go a bit darker .. but, I think I just found my inspiration! Thank You!

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  9. It turned out lovely.
    http://frugaliciouschick.blogspot.com

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  10. Wonderful transformation,it was a pretty bench, now much better.

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  11. It looks wonderful, Kim! Love the mixture of paints and waxes. Great idea!

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  12. That is a perfect size for the foot of the bed. I would love to find something smallish like this for our bed. You did a great job transforming it!

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  13. Hi - am I* a bad person to say I liked it better before you painted it and chipped it all up, I guess I just like stuff to look brand new. Sorry.

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    1. Betty, we don't all like the same thing. It isn't chipped up though that is just the paint peeling.

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  14. That is a lovely bench and the colour/wax combo looks great.

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  15. I love it!! Great job and love the color you choose!

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  16. Looks great! I picked up a caned seat bench last year thinking it would be a project for chalk paint and wax. True to form it is still sitting as I found it. I need your get up and go, Kim. '-)

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  17. I would be concerned you made it look old enough it might not be safe to use. It's a great bench for the end of the bed for putting on shoes or setting a suitcase. Love the color.

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  18. Love the added paint patina, it went from drab to Fab !!
    Great addition to any spot in Your home.

    Dore

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  19. Beautiful Kim. It look so pretty.
    Kris

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  20. Adding milk paint to wax is pure genius, in my opinion! The stool has been exquisitely "aged."

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  21. Your bench turned out beautifully! Tinting the wax is a great thing to remember. Can liquid graphite chalk paint be used instead of the powdered milk paint? I have some of that and would like to try it. Thanks for sharing your bench--it's gorgeous!

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    1. Yes, you can tint with the liquid paint I believe. It should take a small amount.

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  22. A big YES, really hard to find ones in great condition nowadays. I have a pair of seats that need updating soon, I think your finish would be perfect for my piece too. I just have to do it!

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  23. I always admire your painting techniques.

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