We found this bench while out on one of our Saturday morning excursions. It was one of those mornings when we almost didn’t go out, we just weren’t “feeling it.” Boy, are we glad we went. It turned out to be a great haul, which included this wood bench. The bench is solid! The hubby always likes it when we find a piece that does not have to involve him. He’s our fixer-upper guy and we sure do
abuse appreciate him.
We are calling it the Barn Bench since we found it at a barn sale.
After cleaning and sanding, we chose to paint it with a 50/50 mix of Snow White and Oyster White milk paint by The Old-fashioned Milk Paint Co.
We started by painting the spindles and legs first. Might as well get the hard part over first! We got the exact amount of chippiness we were hoping for. We then added extra-bond to the remaining milk paint. This helps the paint adhere better and you get less chipping. We decided we didn’t want too much chipping on the rest of the bench, mainly the seat area. We then gave the entire bench a good sanding for a super smooth finish.
We lightly distressed the edges to compliment the chippy milk paint, adding to the time-worn finish. We then sealed the bench with hemp oil by Miss Mustard Seed. It is quickly becoming one of our favorite finishes for milk paint.
This bench measures 63″ long, easily sitting 3- 4 people comfortably.