Rustic, Textured Bench

Country Chic Paint
by Country Chic Paint
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Come and see Texture Powder in action! Heidi from Lily Field Furniture used it for this rustic bench transformation with Cheesecake, a custom color, and two of our limited edition colors, Luna and Sunday Tea.
I can’t tell you how excited I am about this project I’m about to share with you! I work on furniture transformations all day every day but even I was surprised by this transformation! When I was garage saling with my mother earlier this summer I walked right by this bench/pew. I saw it of course but I just didn’t see it’s potential. It’s newer construction and not the aged church pew I would be drawn to. After my mom nudged me on it I asked the seller how much she wanted for it and for $10 it was mine. I knew I was going to keep it for my dining room instead of selling it and so it sat in my garage for a few months until I could get around to working on one of my own personal projects.
For prep on this piece I sanded really well as I needed to remove the raised heart stencil and be sure it didn’t appear through any of the paint I was going to apply. Once I sanded it down I applied a coat of the limited edition Fall color Luna as my base coat. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted a lot of colors and texture to bring out a VERY worn/aged look.

After the Luna was dry I put on another layer of paint. This time I used a custom color mix that Country Chic mixed for me using a Sherwin Williams color chip in Tiki Hut. It’s a rich brown color and I knew I wanted this to be one of the colors you see when I distressed. While painting this color I actually used sanding dust and scrapings you see in the below picture and threw it into my paint. So weird you are probably thinking, right?! Texture and age was what I was going for and so imperfections were welcome!
After the Tiki Hut was dry I mixed up some texture powder. This is a brand new product by Country Chic and I can’t tell you how excited I was to experiment with it! It’s very easy to use- you simply mix a 1:1 ratio of powder into your paint until it’s a peanut butter like consistency. I used Cheesecake for my color and then dabbed it all over the church pew to create peaks of texture. After awhile I went back and flattened out a bit of the peaks.
The following day I went ahead and painted my top coat color Sunday Tea, another limited color release from Country Chic and then distressed the heck out of the entire piece to bring out all of the layers of paint and texture. I love how you can see in the below picture how the texture powder and paint layers brings so much interest into this completely otherwise boring pew.
Once I had the sanding finished and the look I was going for I sealed the entire piece with Natural Wax for a super smooth, sleek finish. What do you think about this transformation? I am so excited to keep this piece and can’t wait to do more experimenting with the texture powder!
Suggested materials:
  • Texture Powder   (Country Chic Paint)
  • All-in-One Decor Paint   (Country Chic Paint)
  • Furniture & Home Decor Paint   (Country Chic Paint)
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