Goodfellow Stenciled Bench


How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  Plus tips for stenciling furniture.  girlinthegarage.net

This bench makeover was so simple yet I absolutely love how it turned out.  Not every makeover has to be complicated, although those often end up with the biggest transformations.  This time, this bench just needed one coat of paint and the perfect stencil.  Here’s what it looked like Before:

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

It was a yard sale find, and the previous owner had DIY’ed a seat cushion but I decided I liked it better without it.

After a good cleaning and sanding of some rough edges, I gave it one coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey and then lightly sanded to distress it.

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

The bench already had a country look to it, so I wanted to keep the style distressed and aged.

Then I added the Goodfellow stencil from Knick of Time Interiors.  Visit her Etsy shop HERE to buy this or another fabulous stencil from her line.  You can also like Vintage Sign Stencils on Facebook HERE.

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

When you’re stenciling, tape the stencil exactly where you want it to be.  (I used Frogtape for delicate surfaces.)  Also, if you’re taping over an area you recently painted, I would wait at least overnight to be sure that the paint is fully dry.  Get a little paint on the end of your brush (I used Graphite Chalk Paint) and dab it onto a napkin or towel until the brush is almost dry.  Then gently brush over the stencil – you’d rather have too little paint than too much.  It’s easier to add a second coat if needed.

After I was done painting, I carefully removed the stencil before it was fully dry and then washed the stencil and the brush.  It’s much easier to wash the paint off before it’s had a chance to sit for a while.  When the letters were dry, I lightly sanded over them also.

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.netI am really pleased with how it turned out!

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

I think it looks like it sat on a front porch of an old shoe store, once upon a time.   🙂

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  girlinthegarage.net

I still have to add clear wax to it for protection.  This piece will go to my booth and with fall/winter heading to the midwest soon, I’m assuming that it will end up safe from the elements inside someone’s home.  If I knew it was going to stay outside on a porch, then it wouldn’t need any wax at all.

Here’s your before/after comparison:

How a dated country bench was painted with Chalk Paint and a vintage sign stencil.  Plus tips for stenciling furniture.  girlinthegarage.net

What do you think of the bench makeover?  I’d love to know!

p.s.  It was purely coincidence that I bought myself some new boots at Target the day before 😉

Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

Jen

Disclosure:  I was given a stencil to review for this post.  However, all opinions are entirely my own.


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15 Comments on Goodfellow Stenciled Bench

  1. Paula@SweetPea
    August 14, 2015 at 5:15 am (2 years ago)

    Great makeover, Jen! The stencil is the perfect touch for this bench.

    Reply
    • Jen
      August 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Paula – have a wonderful weekend!

      Reply
  2. Nell Seaman
    August 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this makeover!

    Reply
    • Jen
      August 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Nell!!

      Reply
  3. Susan
    August 14, 2015 at 4:04 pm (2 years ago)

    it looks so much better after you refinished it. Love it!!

    Reply
  4. Angie @ Knick of Time
    August 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen that bench couldn’t be more perfect for the stencil you picked to use on it – I LOVE it!

    Reply
    • Jen
      August 14, 2015 at 6:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Angie! I do LOVE this stencil! 🙂

      Reply
  5. Linda K
    August 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the bench

    Reply
    • Jen
      August 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Linda! 🙂

      Reply
    • Jen
      August 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Christy! 🙂

      Reply
  6. Judi
    August 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm (2 years ago)

    WOW! What a great job you’ve done, love the bench. I wonder, could I ask you a question please? I did a stencil like this a few months ago, and like you wanted to lightly sand the letters, which incidentally I’d painted with the graphite chalk paint too. Unfortunately, even though I’d left it for a good 24 hours the paint still smudge somewhat during sanding which I spent hours trying to make look better. Did you have this problem or do you have any tips to proven this happening please?

    Thanks

    Judi in the UK

    Reply
    • Jen
      August 17, 2015 at 11:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Judi!
      The only thing that I can think might have happened is maybe there was too much paint applied to the letters? That has happened to me before too, and I use much less paint now than I used to and I make sure to sand the letters very gently. Fortunately I haven’t had that problem the last few times. I do hope it works better the next time you try it!
      Jen

      Reply
      • Judi
        August 18, 2015 at 2:49 am (2 years ago)

        Thanks for your thoughts Jen, you could be right, I’ll definitely try and go lighter on the paint in my next project. Have a nice day.

        Judi

        Reply

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