The Patriotic Bench In Process:
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Love those legs….but the outdated upholstered top has got to go….
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.
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.
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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