Creating Fabulous Furniture

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I am pretty proud of this project.  I think it turned out really nice and proves that creating fabulous furniture is not hard to do.  It just takes the right paint and a little work.  That is all!

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

Creating Fabulous Furniture

This was a great project because it meant so much to Maureen, the person who owns the bench and my co-worker and friend.  She and her family recently moved their mom into a nursing home and sold her home.  It was a hard process for all of them but her mom is very happy where she is now.  Sometimes that isn’t always the case so I was glad it worked out well for them.

When they were cleaning out the house they had a great garage sale.  It was one of my favorite sales this year.  This piano bench was one thing Maureen had wished she had gotten before hand so I bought it back for her for $6.

You may remember the Beach Inspired Sofa Table that we made over together.  She LOVES the beach and has her home decorated in a beachy theme.

Her family also has a strong Irish background and their father was one of the founders of our, now famous St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  And to this day her brothers are both still very involved in the celebration and the community.

Maureen wanted a bit of “Irish” on the bench to honor her mom and her family and gave me an Irish saying she wanted painted on the bench.  She also wanted it to fit into her beachy decor.  I had my work cut out for me.

This is how this piano bench started out.  It was very dark and a lot of the stain was coming off at the bottom.  I have added some affiliate links below for your convenience.  You can see my full disclosure here.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

It was in pretty bad shape and it had one joint at the top that was broken so it was very rickety.  Jeff fixed the joint for me and I got to work sanding like a crazy person.  I used the electric palm sander this time so it wasn’t soooo bad but sanding is not my friend.

Painting Process

I am entering this bench into the General Finishes contest (I will let you know if/when you need to vote) so I used some of their fabulous paint.  This is not a sponsored post.  I did not receive product or compensation of any kind.

I had never used their chalk paint before so I ordered some Key West Blue for the base coat.  The other product I used which I had used on my Guest Room Bedside Tables and the Cabinet Makeover for Baby’s Room was the Champagne Pearl Effects.  Geez I love this stuff.  I still have some left over even after three furniture pieces.  Yay!

But before the fun paint goes on.  I always use my tried and tested spray paint/primer first.  Especially on something with this dark stain that is going to light color.  I ALWAYS have bleed through and this has proven to work well for me.

This was after the primer coat went on.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

You can see the bleed through on the “feet”.  Luckily this was minimal so I just sprayed another coat of the paint/primer on before getting to the good stuff.

The next coat was the Key West Blue from General Finishes.  Maureen’s beachy decor includes a lot of this color.  Although this was not going to be the final color, I wanted to be able to sand down and reveal some of this color underneath so it would blend with her other decor.  It is so pretty!

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

I got out my HomeRight Paint Sprayer and used it to cover the bench and the top.  In this picture the paint is still very wet so it looks lighter than when it was dry.  But, already there was such a huge difference from where it started.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

Next was a coat of white latex paint, then the best part of all.  The Champagne Pearl Effects.  This stuff is beautiful.  I wish you could see it in person.  Well, you can…just get some!

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

After adding the Pear Effects with my paint sprayer I started sanding again.  This time with my sanding block to reveal the Key West Blue paint underneath.

 

General Finishes - Sanded legs copy

 

After I got all of the distressing done.  I started on the Irish saying on the bench top.  I created this by using Photoshop Elements then I just had my sample on the computer screen and I drew it onto the bench top with a pencil then hand painted over my pencil markings.  The two fonts are Niagara Solid and Pillowbrook.

Here is my photoshop elements screen.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

And here is my painting.  Not perfect by any means but it’s hand painted.  It is not supposed to be perfect!

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

It turned out okay!  Then I sprayed a coat of clear sealer over the top to keep the black paint form chipping off.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

I added some scrapbook paper to the inside as a lining.  It matched so well.  It is the Moxxie beach line so it fit perfectly.

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

 

Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

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Creating_Fabulous_Furniture - www.michellejdesigns.com - I totally made over this piano bench using some General Finishes products. It turned out so nice that I almost didn't want to give it back to it's owner.

 

I had a great time with this one.  (As I do with most of my furniture makeovers)  Now you see how easy it is to create fabulous furniture.  If I can do it…you can do it. too.

Maureen was thrilled to get it and loved it’s new look and that always makes me happy.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Michelle

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54 Comments

  1. Nancy Janssen

    Wow, Michelle! What a dramatic difference in the before and after! I can see why Maureen would love it. Well done!

    25 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Nancy. I hope you are well. I haven’t seen you in a long time. Thanks for stopping by!!

      25 . 07 . 2016
  2. Carolann

    Beautiful work once again Michelle! I love the quote it’s too cute! And the colors are so calming and perfect for that table. A truly beautiful transformation!

    26 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann! This was a fun one for sure. And the fact that my friend loves it makes it even better.

      26 . 07 . 2016
  3. Robert Smith

    Great idea for a simple table. Love the quote that you put on. But I enjoy the blue paint haha. But white is the best choice to make the quote stand out. Thanks for the inspiration!

    27 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you! I really hated to cover up the blue as well but I ended up liking the white a lot.

      28 . 07 . 2016
  4. Tamars Jones

    Perfect. I like it very much. From an old desk, which you have created a new product. Awesome. I thought I would try. Thanks for the useful information that you have shared

    28 . 07 . 2016
  5. Samuel

    Wow, it looks amazing! You are doing a great job! I love the idea of the screen. It’s very creative! Keep it up!

    28 . 07 . 2016
  6. Debrashoppeno5

    The bench is beautiful. You did an excellent job updating it. And how special for your friend to have what you can now consider an heirloom piece.

    30 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you. We both thought it turned out nice but she told me she looks at it everyday and loves it more and more. That makes me super happy! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!

      30 . 07 . 2016
  7. Dirty Karma

    What a great piece of furniture you make 🙂 I especially love your color choice, very creative. Thanks so much for the inspiration

    31 . 07 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you. This was a fun project to work on!

      01 . 08 . 2016
  8. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    Love the color combo. Would love to see the pearl topcoat in real life. Hope to try it sometime soon. The stencil is also so special. A totally lovely redo. Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix. Please watch for the piece out on my social media in a few days.

    04 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Susie. You really need to get some of this Pear Effects. You would LOVE it! They have other colors besides the champagne but I love this one the best. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      05 . 08 . 2016
  9. Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    Super re purpose! Love how this turned out and your sweet saying on the top!

    Thank you so much for sharing over at Waste Not Wednesday! 🙂

    07 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks so much. The Irish saying was so perfect for Maureen and her family. It turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

      08 . 08 . 2016
  10. Sue

    This is so very special with the sayings and how it is an heirloom piece to remind of their Mom, I love that. I like the way you have the blue color come through and the paper lining adds a very nice beach effect.

    09 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      It was a memory of her childhood and I couldn’t be more honored that she wanted me to re-do it for her. It is special when it has meaning.

      10 . 08 . 2016
  11. Kecia @ Online Income Mom

    Wow, what a great transformation you gave this old bench. I love how you put the sanded the white paint a bit to let the teal shade show underneath.

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Kecia! I do love that look. It turned out nice and my friend really loves it.

      23 . 08 . 2016
  12. Taylor MObley

    That is SO CUTE. I so wish I was crafty enough to do something like this — but I just don’t have the patience!

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      That is funny. Thank you Taylor! I love this sort of thing.

      23 . 08 . 2016
  13. Terri Steffes

    You did a fantastic job on this piece, a real show stopper! I love the blue, I want that color in my home!

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Terri! The blue is super pretty. I love it too but my husband hates teal. I do add a pop of it here and there in my home but he has to like it too.!

      23 . 08 . 2016
  14. Carolyn

    What a great gift. I am sure she will treasure it and the Irish saying is wonderful. I love the blue color peeking thru the white.

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolyn! She really does love it and that makes me happy. The teal peeking through was great thing and I think she really liked it.

      23 . 08 . 2016
  15. Michelle @ Sunshine and Hurricanes.com

    What a great project! I especially love the Irish sentiment and the meaning behind the piece!

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle. It does have a lot of sentimental meaning for my friend. I have a couple of other pieces that she want me to make over for her siblings too. I can’t wait to get started.

      24 . 08 . 2016
  16. Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    Wow, what an incredible job you did on this bench. I would love to create such a bench for my entry way!

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Cynthia. I really think it turned out cute and it does look so nice in her home. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      24 . 08 . 2016
  17. Bianca @Lady Wiser

    I love painting furniture! You did an amazing job, love the way it turned out.

    23 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Bianca. I had a fun time with this one. I love all of this paint and the sprayer makes it really easy.

      24 . 08 . 2016
  18. Amanda Love

    Remodeling or refurbishing furniture is always nice! I really love how you turned this table into a fabulous work of art! It’s a good reminder of the summer, and it has a rustic feel to it as well. I love the quote too!

    24 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amanda! She loves the beach so he entire house is a big reminder of summer. I love going over there. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

      24 . 08 . 2016
  19. Heather

    What a beautiful bench! I love how you restored it and added the words. So pretty! I haven’t used chalk paint before, but have seen so many projects lately.

    24 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Heather! I love the chalk paint. Once I started using it I couldn’t stop. It is now my paint of choice. Thank you for your kind words. This was a fun project to work on and I think the words on the top came out pretty good!

      24 . 08 . 2016
  20. Sheena Tatum

    You’ve got a great knack for that! My sister does as well but I always seem to mess it up when I try.

    24 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Hi Sheena! Well, messing up and touching up are part of the process….well, my process anyway. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

      25 . 08 . 2016
  21. Tayler Morrell

    Oh my goodness! That is probably one of the cutest little tables I have ever seen! And I love the quote!!

    24 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Tayler! I do love the way it turned out.

      25 . 08 . 2016
  22. Amanda

    This is so cute! I love vintage furniture! You did great on the top too!

    24 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Amanda!

      25 . 08 . 2016
  23. Jacek

    I totally share your idea that “creating fabulous furniture is not hard to do. It just takes the right paint and a little work”. The feeling after finishing our own DIY project is fantastic that we just want to keep doing it. Just be patient and finish your work.
    And well done Michelle, this bench looks interesting- likes a box with a head cover.

    25 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Jacek!

      25 . 08 . 2016
  24. Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman

    WOW! I love this piece so much that I want to run out right now and find something that would work so that I can make one this weekend! {Because I need another project 😉 } Pinning.

    25 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Ha Ha! Thank you Renee. And thanks for the Pin. I hope you find one. I had a blast making this over and it did turn out pretty!

      25 . 08 . 2016
  25. Denea

    I love this! I wish I was crafty because this amazing! I love the beach theme, so nice!

    26 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Denea! It was a really fun theme. I did a sofa table for her before too. Again…so much fun with the beachy colors.

      26 . 08 . 2016
  26. Shirley Martinez

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I wish I had the space to create things like this but I just don’t

    30 . 08 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Shirley! That is too bad you should find a garage or something to work in. I bet yours would be beautiful.

      01 . 09 . 2016
  27. Roxanne

    You are so handy! This looks like it’ll turn into a wonderful family heirloom, it’s so beautiful! 🙂

    04 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thanks Roxanne. I am hoping for my friend that she treasures it for a very long time.

      04 . 09 . 2016
  28. Kristin

    Gosh I wish I was as talented as you with this stuff. Your makeover turned out so gorgeous! Very coastal chic!

    14 . 09 . 2016
    • Michelle

      Thank you Kristin! Those are some kind words and I appreciate it very much.

      14 . 09 . 2016

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