Picked up this little gem from the side of the road, those well turned legs grabbed my attention.  Added a new top with some pallet boards, and updated it into a patriotic bench just in time for the fourth of July!

The Patriotic Bench In Process:

Before Shot of the patriotic bench

Here is the before shot, the vintage piano bench as found … a roadside cast off.

Love those legs….but the outdated upholstered top has got to go….

patriotic bench getting a vinegar stain

Created a rustic top with some pallet wood cut to size, then to age the newer wood and marry it to match the vintage, I doused the the whole piece with some homemade vinegar stain. Nothing complicated, just vinegar coffee grounds and some steel wool.

patriotic bench paint detail

Found a great patriotic graphic, printed it out, and did a reverse trace with chalk onto the top, then hand painted the detail and wording with regular black acrylic artists paint.

patriotic bench in the round

The Finished Piece:

The Base was painted with American Paint Co. in Born On The Fourth Of July, distressed and finished off with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

The top was finished with a polycrylic for durability. I didn’t care for the shiny effect, so I knocked it down a bit with some additional sanding.

 I find that the nice small size of these little benches make them a perfect little coffee table for a small space, or for holiday decor.

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