Monday, May 4, 2020

Painting Our DIY Upcycled Dining Bench

Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
I’m showing you how I painted our DIY upcycled dining bench!

I’m back with an update to our upcycled dining bench!

We left off with the bench made but unpainted.

Before painting the bench, we took it upstairs to our dining table to see how it would fit.  The end table legs ended up being really high up against the table so cut the legs quite a bit for a better fit.  Once the legs were cut, we sanded them smooth.

Then it was time for paint!






Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
For this project, I wanted to try something new.  I saw Charlotte's post about aging her cabinet legs & I wanted to try it on this dining bench!
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
First, I painted everything on the bench frame the same color.  I chose this Project Perfect paint because I already had it on hand & it’s probably the only brown paint that I have!  I picked it up on clearance at the same time as the paint I used on my church pew makeover & have used it on a couple projects.  This was my first big project using it & it covered everything quite well.  I chose to paint this piece because I wanted an even coverage of the same color & paint can do that quickly.

Once everything was painted, I let everything dry before I attempted the crackle glaze.
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog

Using the crackle glaze was a new experience for me.  Because I applied the glaze to such a big area, getting everything even was a challenge.  It goes on clear, so it’s difficult to tell where (& how much) is applied on bigger projects like this.  I just did the best I could & let it get tacky before I applied the top color.
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
The sides ended up looking really cool once the top color was put on.  To even everything out, I used my sanding sponge to distress everything even more.  It took out a lot of the crackle, but some of it was still there.
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Next, I applied the antiquing glaze.  Now, I’m a total novice at antiquing glaze!  I ended up applying way too much & it looked super aged & yellow/brown.  I had done a big area before I realized how grimy it looked, so I just decided to do the entire thing & fix it all so it looked the same in the end.  I was getting frustrated with the look so my husband ended up applying the rest of it while I went back & tried to fix it.  I went over everything again with a light coat of my white paint, focusing on areas that were really dark.  That also took away some of the crackle, but at least it was all somewhat even!  You can see in the last picture just how dark the glaze was!

After I was satisfied with the dining bench frame, it was time to put the top together.  It was just easier for me to paint the bottom part first & then put the top on.  Once the seat pieces were in place, it was time for stain!  I roughed up the seat pieces a little with a hammer & a screwdriver to try to make them look old before I applied the stain.
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze & custom stain! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
The stain is a mixture of Special Walnut & Jacobean.  I thought the colors were too light (Special Walnut) or too dark (Jacobean) on their own, so I just mixed them together a little to create a middle ground.  After staining, I applied several coats of sealer & it was done!
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
I love how it turned out!  It looks old & chippy, despite being a mishmash of different new/old pieces!
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
Painting our upcycled DIY dining bench using crackle glaze! | On The Creek Blog
I think this is my favorite furniture piece we’ve done so far!





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