and that suh-weet price tag!
I wanted this bench to look very shabby and cottage-y but not blah so I thought numbers would be a nice touch.
I rolled on a coat of creamy white Behr Premium Ultra paint and let it dry.
Then I brushed on some Martha Stewart “Winter’s Day” gray. I added more coverage on the top part where I planned to put the numbers. The rest got a sloppy jalopy paint job.
Next, I cut out the numbers one thru five with my Cricut machine on vinyl. I used the “Designer’s Calendar” cartridge set on 5 1/2 inches. I peeled the numbers off and stuck them onto the top of the bench. I did not measure…I use a wonderful technique called “eyeballing” it.
Once the numbers were adhered, I painted back over them with the creamy white paint. Now…if I had this to do all over again, I would have painted across the whole surface with white instead of just around the numbers. You’ll see why in a minute.
I dried the paint with a hairdryer and then peeled the numbers off. I used a mouse sander with 220 grit and sanded it all over. I figured that sanding would help remove the obvious circles of white around the numbers…it didn’t.
So the next step was to add glaze to tone down the white areas. I used about an eighth of a cup of Behr glaze with about 4 drops of black acrylic paint. It turned a very dark gray which is what I wanted.
I glazed it and sanded it and glazed it and sanded it. The white was still obvious. Was I worried enough about it to start over? No way. That’s the beauty of shabby. The beauty is in the imperfection.
I put in on the tiled area around our garden tub. It holds baskets of washcloths and soaps, mercury glass candleholders, and flowers. It not only adds charm to the room, but function as well.
Okay, so I lied…it bugged me too much to leave it alone. The white around the numbers and the stain from the Brady family’s fence showing around the edges was yuck. So I added some Martha Stewart “Heath” randomly around the bench. I used the little brush that comes with the MS sample pots. Then I rubbed it in with a cloth. It’s still not perfect, but it’s better I think.