This old bench is crying out for some attention. I decided to give it a quick sanding, then paint it with Upper Canada Green. I’m going to add some layers to give it depth and interest, then finish it with tough coat, because this bench sits outside year round.
The first mistake I made was to try to paint around the metal frame of flowers without removing the metal piece. It was tricky, and I couldn’t get the brush into where I wanted it to go. Lesson learned: Prepping properly is worth the time and energy to get the job done right.
The second mistake I made was that I used cheap brushes. I’m always looking for ways to save money – after all, I raised a dozen kids on a limited budget. However, the old saying oft repeated in my husband’s family – “You get what you pay for!”- rings true.
These brushes had bristles that were too short and tended to shed from the brush as we painted. I ended up taking lots of time to pick little hairs off my bench.
Here you can see the bristles…not smooth at all, and way too short to pick up the paint and deliver it evenly to the piece.
Here’s the work in progress. After this picture was taken, I lightly sanded everything with 220 grit sandpaper, which brought out the wood grain and distressed the edges a bit. The next step is to layer a couple of different colours onto the wood, then finish it with a tough coat to protect and seal it well. Fusion paint has a built in top coat which dries to a beautiful, durable finish in 21 days. The tough coat is just an added layer of protection, especially useful for table tops, seat benches, and other high traffic areas. Stay tuned to see the updates. I think I’ll add a bit of gilding to the metal, to enhance the shine. I can’t wait to see what it looks like!