On a whim, I bought this storage bench on Craigslist one morning and revamped it by the end of the day.
It started like this:
I painted the bench with chalk paint. This is two coats. Remember, that means no sanding, no priming.
From there, I distressed it with a fine grit sandpaper. Two things to note here -- I painted the hardware because I wanted to distress it. I also accidentally distressed too much in some places but I kind of thought, what the hell... let's go with it.
You want to make sure you get the edges and crevices that would naturally get distressed. This is the arm of the bench.
Afterwards, I added a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax. I tried using dark wax on another project and hated it -- I thought it made the piece look too muddy. I have found that I like dark wax on darker paint. However, I think I'll take a class sometime to learn different painting techniques so that I can be open to other suggestions.
Not bad for a $20 bench! This would look great in an entry way. The woman who previously owned it had it by her door and I think she even put her shoes in there. I am now using it at the foot of my bed for magazines, knitting materials and other random things that collect in my bedroom.
Bring on the next project!