Wooden Bench Upcycle

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I got this wooden bench from a thrift store but it didn't match my home's colors. I knew it was time to upcycle it using a wood grain tool and a stencil.

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Here is the original bench. It's color was a taupe color and it just didn't match my home's colors.

I painted the legs with Apple Barrel Brown acrylic paint.

I painted the top and side of the bench with Apple Barrel Warm Buff paint and let that dry completely.

I made a mixture of the Apple Barrel Brown with water to create a glaze. I painted this on the top of the bench.

I used a wood grain tool to create a wood grain effect on the top. I rocked the tool back and forth to create the textured look as I dragged it along the top of the bench.

I did the same thing to the sides of the seat of the bench as well.

I let this all dry completely.

I place my Plaid Woodland Stencil of a Moose onto my bench and held it secure with painters tape.

I used Apple Barrel White with a little Apple Barrel Warm Buff mixed in to get the stencil color I wanted.

I used My Plaid stencil brush, dipped the brush in the paint and then pounced the brush to unload as as much paint as possible to be ready to stencil. I then pounced the my stencil brush onto the bench and stencil.

I carefully lifted the stencil off and let the moose dry completely.

Here is the completed bench. I'm so happy with the way it turned out.

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  • Vicki Vicki on Nov 29, 2018

    Wonderful tutorial. Very Nice Job

    Are you going to have to seal it, for leave it organic?

  • Rocker chick Rocker chick on Dec 08, 2018

    Wow! That turned out great! I love how you achieved the wood grain effect! I’ve seen the wood grain tool used before but haven’t tried it yet. Is it something you should practice with first?

  • Melody Boling Medlock Melody Boling Medlock on Dec 16, 2018

    Where can I get a wood grain tool?

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