I was the lucky recipient of a darling little outdoor bench from one of my dearest friends a couple of summers back, but I recently started noticing that the wear and tear of the seasons had taken its toll on its appearance.
That’s putting it lightly.
In poor blogging form, I neglected to take a before picture, but these photos I took of my Patriotic Outdoor Pillow set last month will give you the basic idea. This piece was in need of some serious TLC.
I love spray paint. LOVE it. I find there are few things that give you more bang for your decorating buck than a can of your chosen shade, and the dry time is incredibly fast, even with the hideous humidity we’ve been experiencing here of late. Dismantling the bench and giving it a thorough cleaning was definitely the most tedious step here. The painting was a piece of cake, although I will admit that with a project that contains this many detailed pieces, you do need to allow yourself a good 3-4 days to allow adequate time to apply a sufficient number of coats to all of the nooks and crannies.
And while I was sprayin’, I figured I’d also give this sign I picked up on super-duper clearance (90% off!) at Hobby Lobby last month a coordinating update. To apply the different colors, I simply taped off the flourishes while I painted the words, and vice versa. I love how everything goes together so beautifully now!
And, well, since we all know I can’t leave well enough alone (and since I suppose mid-August means it’s HIGH time to pack away my Independence Day pillows, yes?), I made a new set of pillow covers, too! More on these is on tap for tomorrow, but here’s a little sneak to pique your curiosity. 🙂 Oh, how I do love Krylon Ivy Leaf! Isn’t this the best color?
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
I love how you redid the bench.
You were able to use items you had on top of it.
Love this transformation! Great work.