Foot of the Bed Storage Bench Makeover

by Angela
5 Materials
5 Hours
I recently used paint to rehab my patio cushions with great results (post here: I was so happy with the results that I decided to update my foot of the bed storage bench. The bench is in great shape but the colors no longer fit in with my decor. I had left over white paint from my door rehab project ( so I used the leftover paint, added baking soda and water to make my own chalk paint and went to town (well, actually the back yard) painting my bench.

I taped off the legs and areas of the bench I didn’t want to paint. I thoroughly mixed 1 cup of white latex paint, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water. Using a spray bottle with water, I moistened the fabric and began painting the bench.
First coat
First coat
Since it was a warm sunny day, each coat dried fairly quickly.
Third coat
I ended up painting five light coats, sanding between each and after the last coat. As soon as I find a stencil I like, I am going to add a stenciled vine design in pale blue to the top and then apply wax to protect the finish. But in the meantime, it‘s already a better fit with my bedroom decor than it was before painting.
The finish is similar to canvas or heavy twill.
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