How to Paint an Outdoor Bench

3 Materials
2 Hours

See how Ashley of At Home with Ashley was able to create an amazing DIY project by refinishing a bench.

I refinished my sister’s indoor bench that now lives outside. It hadn’t been taking the elements too well and the seat was pretty weathered and had paint peeling off. 

My sister mentioned that she’d like it mint or white or grey. I worried that grey would blend in too much with the house, so I had a vote on Instagram between white or mint. Mint barely won, which is good because that is the color I preferred!

With Chalk Mineral Paint usually I skip sanding, but since the paint was peeling so badly on this bench I did a light sanding to loosen up all of the flaked-off paint. Then I followed my normal painting steps.

The paint is nice and thick; the first coat covered up the black nicely! This bench got some distressing with light sanding and some brown wax. I love wax because it gets in the carves and cracks and makes the piece so much more interesting! After the wax dried and I buffed some up, I did a quick clear coat to protect it from the elements.

Didn’t it turn out so cute?! I am thrilled with how this bench turned out!

Suggested materials:
  • Dixie Belle Paint   (
  • Clear Coat   (
  • Best Dang Wax   (
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