Here is another bench made from a twin bed. The foot board was cut in half and used as the sides. The headboard is used for the back. This frame didn’t have any rails with it but was in very good shape and very sturdy. The only part that had some damage was 2 small areas around the knobs which I fixed with some wood putty. I also had to cover the metal screws with wood putty. Usually we redo old pieces of furniture; this was probably the newest piece we have done.
I purchased material for pillows and a cushion and then picked the paint colors. My sister offered to do the sewing. I first painted the bench with white primer. Then I painted it Halcyon green (Sherwin Williams) same color as Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue. I make my own chalk paint with the Sherwin Williams paint. I put on clear wax (Cee Cee Caldwells) in some of the areas that I knew I would be distressing. Then the next day I painted the next coat -Caen Stone (Sherwin Williams). My next step was to sand lightly to let the blue color show through. I didn’t want the white primer to come through too much.
I then put a coat of clear wax and waited a day and then put Annie Sloan dark wax mixed in with some of the clear wax. It really needed the dark wax. When you have two completely different colors it is too much contrast and the dark wax makes it all come together. The dark wax does have to be wiped off with cheesecloth or a lint free cloth. Both waxes act as a sealer so you do not need to put any varnish unless you are going to place it outside.