Painted and Decoupaged Rose Garden Bench DIY

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4 Hours

This tutorial will describe how to hand-paint and decoupage this rose garden design on a bench or whatever piece of furniture you have in mind. It's a real statement piece of furniture for anyone who loves colorful, one-of-a-kind pieces. It may look complicated, and it does take several steps, but I'll show you exactly how I got this look. You can do it!

First I built the bench. You can, too, or you can use some furniture you already have sitting around. To see how I built the bench, check out the blog post at Girls Build Club.
Okay, now that we have a bench, let's paint it black. The entire thing! The base and the bench seat. In this photo, only the bench seat is black, but you'll see that by the end I have painted the base black, too. So you might as well do it all at once. I didn't use any special kind of paint. I literally used a $0.99 bottle of craft paint for this.
I taped off a border on the edge of the bench seat, so it didn't get painted any further. Then I started painting white blobs, which would eventually be red roses, and the white vine and filigree. I did sorta-kinda sketch this out to begin with so I had an idea of how it would play out on the bench. But trust me, it never turns out like my sketch!
Once I had the white design painted, I painted over all the white circular blobs with red paint. I painted the red in a messy spiral pattern, leaving bits of white unpainted.
Then, with a black paint pen, I went over all the red roses and drew in a messy black spiral on top of them. I also went over all the white filigree vines and leaves and added some leaf vein lines and details. Almost done!
For that border we had taped off, I ended up sanding off the black paint along that edge of the bench and decoupaging a border of decorative paper. I think the black and white floral paper really complements the hand-painted portion well.

Of course, per usual for me, I went over the whole thing with a sander and distressed it. :) I just love how distressing furniture softens the details, and hides mistakes. Makes it look like a well-loved, well-worn piece of home.
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  • Barbara Molter-Porter
    on Apr 28, 2018

    I have a cement bench in my garden, to heavy to move, could I do this on the top and what would I use to start and end this project. Must last through our winter months

  • Cee28772286
    on May 4, 2018

    Love love love this!!! beautiful job! did i understand correctly that you used black bottled craft paint?

    • Girls Build Club
      on May 5, 2018

      Thank you!! That’s right, I used Americana acrylic craft paint. I’ve had pretty good luck with it being painted straight onto wood. I typically go for a distressed look anyway so it’s okay to me if it doesn’t adhere perfectly. If you want it to be perfect I’d prime the wood first and use a higher quality paint.

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