I have been inspired by the lovely weather here in Washington lately. I have also been wanting more color in my room and am in need of a small table as a nightstand. That’s where this little bench comes in. My mom got it from a flea market she went to with some friends a couple weeks ago. It was just wood to begin with, but the finish was chipping and the top was has spills and stains on it.
Since there was the possibility of keeping this one and not selling it, I went with a more bold color. I still stayed in the blue-green family, but it was not as muted of a color as I normally choose. The paint is a sample color from Valspar, one of the summer colors from last year.
I started by sanding down the piece, wiped it down, and then started painting. It took 3 coats to get full coverage without any wood peaking through. I don’t know if this ever happens to anyone else, but whenever I paint outside I always get wasps and bees that are attracted to the wood and paint. This guy hung out with me for a while and disturbed my peaceful painting. (See him on the top edge)
It did not take long to paint since it was sunny and warm out. I let it cure, then gave it two coats of Minwax Paste Wax. I love the fun color on it and think it works since the piece is small and not large. It ended up being too short for a nightstand, but would be fun in a small entryway for a spot to sit and put shoes on. The color is more of a green teal in person, the photos make it look more teal-turquoise.