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Monday, May 13, 2013

Chevron and Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint Bench Makeover

Today I am sharing my bench makeover.  This bench has been sitting behind my couch for months now.  My daughter originally bought this for her room at an estate sale.  In the meantime, she bought a vanity for her room and decided she didn't want the bench.  It was in excellent condition, but needed a fabric update.  

I am still looking for the perfect dresser or entry table to makeover for this spot behind my couch.  Until I find that perfect piece, this bench works great there.  My daughter was with me when I picked out the fabric.  I wasn't positive I wanted to go with such a busy fabric, but it matched my Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint table perfectly.  It also definitely gave a pop of color to the dark couch.  

Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover, clear wax, tutorial, diy bench

Here is the bench before the makeover.  If the fabric hadn't been so faded, I probably would have left it the way we bought it.  I still haven't added the buttons to the bench, yet.  I am still debating on the major task.  

Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover

To keep the legs from blending in with my brown couch, I decided to do a dry paint and wax brush using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Emperor's Silk.  I am amazed at the amount of projects I have finished using that one can of paint, and there is still paint left.  It may be more expensive, but it goes a very long way.  


Mr. Ed loves nothing better than to start a new project.  He is always so much help as you can see!  

Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover, how-to paint with chalk paint

I am still working on getting the perfect setting on my new camera.  One of my top priorities for my summer vacation which starts in less than two weeks!!   I wanted some of the brown to show through the paint, so I poured a small amount of paint on a piece of wax paper.  I mixed Annie Sloan clear wax with the paint and very sparingly brushed it on.   I only added one coat, and let it dry overnight.  

how to cover a bench tutorial

Here is the bottom of the seat after I recovered it.  It was a pain to pull all of those buttons out.  I didn't want to damage them in case I decide to use them later on the bench.

Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover, tutorial

 Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover

Here is a close up of the legs after I gave them a light coat of paint.  I didn't want too much red with the busy fabric. 

how to makeover a bench using chevron fabric and chalk paint

The hardest part of using the chevron print was to make sure I had it perfectly straight.  The corners are not perfect, but that's the best I could do without pulling out the needle and thread.  

Chevron and Annie Sloan Emperor's Silk Bench Makeover

After months of looking at this unfinished project, I am so glad I can mark it off my to-do list.      I have just enough fabric left to make a few chevron pillows for some chairs that are near the bench.  Chevron is definitely the way to go if you want to give a bold look to a lifeless piece of furniture.  It definitely catches your eye the minute you walk in the door.  

my cat Mr. Ed

The bench makeover totally wore Mr. Ed out.  Nothing better than a nap after completing a project.  :)  

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my new bench.  I always love your visits, and your comments make my day!  Have a wonderful week!  

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Tammy Henderson said...

Oh I love this.... and your kitty...have one just like it...:) thank you for linking up to One More Time Events xo Tammy

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

Fabulous makeover. You AND Mr. Ed have great taste.


Suzan Sweatman said...

What a fantastic makeover Kathy!!!
And I'm loving your helper - too adorable

Doreen@househoneys said...

Just the right amount of red! I have some of that paint and I have found that when it dries it's not as bright as it looks in the can. Do you agree?

Mr. Ed is such a great little helper, no wonder he got all worn out ;).

Katie Adams said...

I love your bench redo! It looks fabulous! I would love for you to share this on my weekly link party Blog Stalking Thursday. Thanks for the inspiration!

Judy diyAddict said...

Hi Kathy,

I love chevron bench. It is pretty. Please share your project at Pin It Monday Hop#8/. we'd love to have you. I hope to see you there. Have a nice day!


Angela Ryder said...

Oh Kathy, I love this!!! Chevron and the color.....fabulous!!!~~Angela

Tanya Runkle said...

Gorgeous bench redo Kathy!!

xo, Tanya

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

What a beautiful bench, Kathy! I love the red and white chevron striped fabric!!
Selene @ Restoration Beauty

Peggy Hale said...

Very pretty Kathy. I love the finish on the legs. Have a good week.

Peggy~PJH Designs

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

such a fun new chevron fabric. Great job

Katherines Corner said...

love,love, love!!! xo

Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

It turned out so beautifully! I love the bold fabric! I popped over from Lil' Luna--thanks for sharing!

~Abby =)

Krista thehappyhousie said...

I absolutely love how it turned out!! I LOVE the fabric... I have red chevron pillows in two bedrooms here and yellow chevron in the living room. Kind of a fan of chevron right now, you could say. I live just off a Lakeshore Drive too:)

Bethany said...

Turned out so cute! I love the fabric you chose, and I think is looks great even without the buttons.

My name is Rita said...

LOVE THE FABRIC! it really freshened the bench up. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/05/sunday-link-party-7.html

Linda Nortje said...

The bench turned out lovely, Kathy! I am sure it will become one of Mr Ed's favorite spots, seeing as he worked so hard on it ;-)

With A Blast

Cynthia said...

Great project, it looks great. I love what you did with the legs. Mr. Ed is a doll for helping.


Jedi Craft Girl said...

That turned out super cute! My kitty is always helping me with projects too - I guess that's why we love 'um!!!

Winnie said...

Your final project looks great.
I love the fabric!
I'm pretty sure Mr. Ed agrees with me :)

Judy K said...

I love your bench makeover. The fabric is awesome!

Paula Miller said...

Love it! It turned out really cute, and now has a more modern look :)

Rita said...

Beautiful! I love the chevron. Thanks for sharing.

Little Ladybird said...

It looks great!

Leslie Lambert said...

This is absolutely adorable! This would be great to link-up to my Create It Thursday post...it's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-2-plus-features.html

Georgina Bomer said...

Loving the chevrons! And I don't think it needs the buttons at all! Thanks for sharing the happiness at Oh What a HAPPY Day Link Party.

KC Coake said...

It looks absolutely fantastic! I like it without the buttons but I know that is personal preference and I tend to be more casual/less formal. I think you did a fantastic job on the corners, I was marveling at how straight you got the chevron pattern.
Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

Journeys of The Zoo said...

Love the chevron! I really need to step out of my comfort zone. That bench is just the right size that it could be put anywhere. I love moving things around. Deck chairs on the Titanic says my husband :)

I'm a new follower of yours via BlogLovin. Thanks for linking up to this weeks BlogLovin Hop at Journeys of The Zoo (http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/search/label/BlogLovin%20Hop).

Looking forward to connecting further.

Besos, Sarah
Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo


The bench is so cute! I just love chevron!

Holly McDonald said...

Lovely, and I love your helper too! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

Holly at Not Done Growing

Robin Welch said...

Very beautiful makeover! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

Fluster Buster

Brooklyn at Cook and Craft Me Crazy said...

This is just Lovely! It gives me hope for other benches! The chevron is so fun and sassy! Newest follower over here! Saw you on The patriotic pam. Feel free to drop by cookandcraftmecrazy any time! Can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! xo-Brook

Jodi said...

Love this idea...and your kitty adds the purrfect touch :)

D Stepp said...

I love the bold color and the chevron pattern. Sweet kitty too! I’m so glad you chose to share your makeover project at the Rock ‘N Share! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

Maria Matter said...

I SO love this Kathy!!!
what a beautiful bold color, well done!

Thank you so much for sharing this @ Inspire Me Fridays!

Christina iGottaCreate said...

The fabric is fantastic! Looks great.

Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

Linda Bouffard said...

Hi, Kathy, so glad you came to the party this week! Love the bench, too. You've been busy! Best wishes, Linda

Leslie @ Violet Imperfection said...

Oh I love the bench. I would love one for my house, in my bedroom. It would be fantastic.

Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

Raising Reagan said...

Love it ... even the cat approves!

Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

(¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

Katherines Corner said...

thank you for sharing at the hop my friend xo

Lisa said...

how awesome!! looks fab now following you from cuttlebug cuties link up..really love that chevron fabric.
hugs xo

Julie said...

I love your bench, Kathy! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

Julie @ This Gal Cooks

stephpfahl said...

So in love with chevron! And I have never heard of the paint that you used on the legs, but it looks terrific. You absolutely gave new life to that bench. And I have a thought on the buttons: although I agree that they give benches a more 'finished' look, in the case of having stripes or chevrons, I would think that the buttons would pull the fabric out of shape in those areas and your chevrons would look less 'sharp'. IMO, anyway. Plus, it would save you a lot of work!

Followed you here from Cuddlebug Cuties Sunday link party.


Linda Nortje said...

Thank you for linking this at our All My Bloggy Friends Party, Kathy!

With A Blast

A Lived in Home said...

Gorgeous! The red chevron is fabulous! Would love to have you come link this up to my party and follow along. http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2013/05/get-social-sunday_18.html

Ana Sullivan from The Lost Apron said...

I am visiting you from Inspire me Monday/Create with Joy. This is a great tutorial. I have been want to recover an ottoman and just needed the right inspiration. I have pinned this to my Pinterest-Chevrons board. My current linkup post is about teaching children to sew:

Clairejustine oxox said...

Love this, it looks great :0)

Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays :)


Christie Daruwalla said...

I really love the chevron pattern. I have a seat in my bathroom that I've wanted to recover forever but haven't found fabric. A chevron pattern may just be what I need. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

Jann Olson said...

It really turned out cute Kathy. I love it even without the buttons. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

How stinkin' cute Kathy! I love, love, love this project! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I am a great fan of this paint color - I have used it on a bench too - love yours! The cat is fantastic! Too sweet,
I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

It turned out great~ love it and your kitty is so cute! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Linda Bouffard said...

Thanks, Kathy, for sharing. How have you been? Best wishes for a great weekend. Linda

Natasha In Oz said...

It looks amazing! I love that fabric you chose-it's perfect!

Thanks so much for sharing this post at the Say G'day Saturday linky party-I really appreciate your support!

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz


This is awesome! Love it -- featuring your project tomorrow. Thanks so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME. xoxo

Ruthie Knudsen said...

Super cute! Looks so great now with the chevron print... Thank you so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell! I'd love to have you come and share again today http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com Have a great weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

Tash TheVelvetMoonBaker said...

The makeover looks beautiful. I'd love for you to share this over at my link party, Sweet & Savoury Sundays :D


Marie bloominghomestead said...

Great makeover Kathy! I love how it turned out and I think it works without the buttons because of the pattern. Great job!

jamelhenry said...

I would cherish one for my home, in my room. It would be phenomenal. Much obliged to you for connecting up to Raising Imperfection!

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santa lily said...

Super cute! Looks so great now with the chevron print... Thank you so much for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell! I'd love to have you come and share again today

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