I don’t do a lot of really distressed/chippy/weathered makeovers, but this bench spoke to me and told me that’s what it needed. Yes it did. 😉 I didn’t see it just as a country-style bench, but aged and weathered from sitting on a grand wraparound porch somewhere in a distant time.
The look was fairly easy to achieve. I casually painted the bench in Old Ochre Chalk Paint®, not really caring if I covered everything. In fact, I tried not to cover every inch. Then when the paint wore off my brush I kept going – dry brushing and adding some softness.
After the paint dried I sanded it and finally applied a light coat of clear wax for protection.
I love the weathered look on this bench makeover and I really think it accentuates the beautiful details in the legs and spindles.
Are you a fan of the weathered chippy look?
Leave me a comment below and let me know!
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Looks great Jen! I love this style on certain pieces and it definitely works for this one 🙂
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Rose L. says
My parents have a bench exactly like that one! Do you have to sand before painting it?
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Rose, normally with Chalk Paint you don’t have to sand before painting. However since the seat of the bench was flaking a bit, I did sand it down to smooth it out.
Have recently started using chalk paint and I love it!! The bench looks great!!!! I love the weathered look.
Thank you Robyn! Chalk Paint takes a little getting used to, but I love it!
Leslie @ House on the Way says
Such a gorgeous makeover! Love the bench!
Thank you so much Leslie! 🙂
I have to try chalk paint, the results on your bench are perfect.
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Sarah @ Backwoods Babies says
I’m really loving this. Such a crazy awesome paint job.
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Denyse @ Glitter, Glue & Paint says
Jen! The bench is beautiful!! I love the weathered look.
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I am new to your site but that bench drew me in! What a great job!!
Thank you so much, Michelle! Glad to have you visiting! 🙂
WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL says
love the bench, the color is beautiful, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
Thank you Lauren! Yes you may feature it.
Hey, Jen! Just stopping by to say hi! Loved chatting with you today. And I’m DYING over this bench. I want!!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Blair. I loved that project because it was actually a really easy update! It sold quickly in my booth and I’m always on the lookout for more benches like this. If you ever have a question about anything DIY-related, let me know. 🙂
I’d like very much to do a long garden bench in our rock Zen garden, also two
small bridges over the dry river bed.
I can picture an old weathered barn wood finish; and I’d like to do them without a commercial stain mixture. Have you ever made your own stains out of natural items?
Carole, that sounds lovely! However I’ve never made my own stain though. I’ve heard of people staining with tea but I’m not sure how it would hold up outdoors. Best of luck to you with your projects.
Trina R. Holden says
Love this! you make it sound so easy, I think I’m gonna branch out and try this style on my next makeover.
Thank you Trina! This really is the easiest way to paint – any imperfections are easily blended right in for a natural weathered look.
This is a beautiful makeover. I love the potential you can find in a piece of furniture. Love the weathered look.
Thank you so much, Gretchen. 🙂 I love the weathered look on certain furniture and this piece seemed perfect for it.
Beautiful! Do you only wax outdoor furniture ?
Jen, Girl in the Garage says
Alta, thank you! Actually, you aren’t supposed to wax outdoor furniture. This is an older project and I now know a lot more than I used to. Also, it might be confusing because I took the photos outside (sorry about that!). Wax shouldn’t be exposed to weather or heat. There are other more suitable topcoats meant for outdoor furniture, but I haven’t tried any of those myself.