A couple of weeks ago my mother gave me a vanity bench for which she no longer had a use. Since I don’t have a chair for the small secretary in my bedroom, I thought I could paint and re-upholster the bench and use it there.
I mixed up a batch of my off white faux chalk paint and painted on two coats. I waxed with Minwax paste wax and followed that with Annie Sloan dark wax. Three layers of wax and some serious buffing and I called it “done”.
|The color in the fluting was a weird shade of green.|
|Looks better antique white, doesn’t it?|
|I really love this fabric.|
This morning I pulled the nasty, old fabric off the seat and then upholstered the bench. I used a layer of muslin over the foam and batting and then finished with a piece of one of my favorite fabrics, Portobello Market. Normally I would not use quilting cotton for the bench cover but because it will be used fairly infrequently and because I have a layer of muslin under the cotton, I think it will do.
All I have left to do is staple the burlap on the underside of the bench. I would have done that today except that I ran out of staples.
I am really pleased with the bench. It will look great with the secretary….as soon as I paint it!