I’ve been working on my front porch makeover and one of the things I really wanted was to put a bench on the porch. A bench is the perfect decoration because you can layer flower pots on it but it’s also a very useful decoration because people can use it to sit down and remove their shoes.
I looked around a few stores and couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to use this old piano bench that we had sitting in the garage. The piano it goes with is really old, and we’ll probably just end up giving it away, but I figured why not makeover the bench!
I purchased some white spray paint from Lowe’s and painted the entire bench white.
Then I created this french stencil graphic on my Silhouette program. There are tons of cute stencils you can purchase online but I’m too cheap, so I made my own!
After I transferred the stencil to the bench I used an old can of gray sample paint to paint it on. The gray was a little lighter than I remembered so I added a little black to it and it was perfect!
After painting on the stencil I let it dry for a few seconds and then pealed the vinyl off. I didn’t want to let it dry too long because I didn’t want the white paint to peel off too.
Here’s what it looked like when I pulled it off. I LOVE it!!!
Then I used 100 grit sand paper to scuff it up a little and give it that “antique” look. I’ll admit, it’s really hard for me to sand something down because it drives the perfectionist in me crazy!
After scuffing the entire bench up with the sand paper, I carried it out to my front porch and added some flower pots and other decorations on top of it.
I absolutely love the way it turned out. I love the french stencil and that it has our name and year of our wedding on it, I also love the crown at the top of the stencil symbolizing that God is the head of our family!
The best part is that this project only cost me about $5.00, just the cost of the can of spray paint! Now that’s my kind of project!!!
If you would like me to make you, or someone you know, a french stencil with your name and “est” date, please send me an email!