This Oak Bench Makeover will show you that a bad paint job can be remedied with time and a lot of patience.
A huge thank you to my friends at Homeright who were gracious enough to send me a sprayer and large shelter to try out. To put it to work, I decided to give this sad little bench an uplift! It looks SO SAD! doesn’t it?? This piece sat in my entry way for a while, until I decided to re-do my entryway. I’m fickle like that. I kept the bench in my basement until now.
The paint was peeling off (from the terrible paint job done by ME a few years back). Don’t worry, I’ve repented.
So I decided to strip the paint off and start from scratch. So. Much.Work! Seriously, if you ever have to strip paint, I feel for ya 🙂 But it’s totally worth it, if you want to save a piece of furniture. And if you ask me, any solid wood piece of furniture is worth saving!
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Oak Bench Makeover- Supplies I used
- Paint Stripper (The best one out there, and it doesn’t burn your skin!)
- Homeright Max Finish Sprayer
- Homeright Large Spray Shelter
- Ryobi Cat Sander
- General Finishes Milk Paint in Persian Blue
- General Finishes Flat Finish Top Coat
Step 1 : Strip
Paint, that is… Bwahahahah…Sorry, I amuse myself sometimes 🙂 I stripped the paint off this bench and I won’t lie, it was more work than I thought, but this paint stripper made things SO MUCH easier. I tried another brand before I tried this one, which was recommended by my friend and sister in paint, Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea. After trying it, I was mad at myself for not asking her input BEFORE all of the hardship.
Step 2: Set up the shelter and get painting already!
If you don’t have to strip paint, lucky you!
Here’s the truth. It took me about 15 minutes to set up the spray shelter/tent and get this oak bench makeover underway. Honestly? I was a little annoyed at how long it took. But, I’m not a camper. Need I say more? I found this video and that helped break down the tent set up. Once I set it up the first time, I was good. It took me about 8 minutes the second time. Boom. Now it’s so nice to have a tent to spray paint on windy days!! You guys would love it!. And it comes with a cool carry case and everything.
Step 3: Mix Paint and Spray
Once I had the paint thinned out to manufacturer’s directions I started using my awesome sprayer. Practicing with water and cardboard first, helped me to get the hang of it. When I was ready I used my favorite color of General Finishes milk paint it took me literally 10-15 minutes to spray the whole thing, and that included drying time!. This paint dries super fast, which I love. I don’t want to think of how long it would have taken me to brush it on.
I used the same color in my armoire renovation. I LOVE that shade of blue!
Done and Done! (Almost)
Step 4: Sand and Apply Top Coat
I used my sander and distressed the edges a bit, then I filled the sprayer back up with top coat and sprayed once more, lightly sanded, and sprayed again. Isn’t it cute? For the time being, this cutie is sitting in my bedroom until I get the mudroom finished.
Oak Bench Makeover
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Janice Thomas writes detailed tutorials for novice woodworkers and DIYers. She also works as a university professor in the health care industry. Have a question for Janice? Feel free to send her a message here!