Daughters’ Storage Bench

I finally finished my daughters deacons bench! This has been sitting in our garage untouched for a year. I knew what I wanted to do to it but I just hadn’t gotten around to getting it done. This was an unfinished kijiji purchase that I wanted to personalize to my daughters taste and decor. I believe I got this bench for, $30? But it was a long time ago so I can’t say for certain. Although there are about a dozen for sale in my area alone right now and they all go for about $30-$50 depending on size and finish.

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It’s nothing special, Plain ol’ storage bench. It had a lot of dents, knots and overall wasn’t in the best shape. I was nervous to paint as I was scared these flaws would show through a white finish.

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I took the FAT paint to it and painted it warm white to match her existing furniture in her room.

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When it comes to FAT paint, or any chalk paint for that matter, the first coat is scary. It shows all brush strokes, and a patchy finish to it. This piece had a lot of knots in the wood and imperfections as well which show through. Don’t get discouraged!

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After two coats I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage. There were a few spots that I hit with a third coat. But overall I was very impressed. The only downfall to this project was the fact that it was untreated/unfinished wood. This was a problem because it absorbed the paint like it was its job! Normally with FAT paint a little goes a long way, but for this project it ate an entire pint like nothing. Next time I work with unfinished wood I would definitely spray it white first, just as a base. And to save myself the more expensive FAT paint.

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Next I attached hand painted wooden letters to the front of the bench. I used screws on the inside to attach. A lot of people go with wood glue but I was nervous about ruining the finish. This way I can also unscrew and repaint if her decor changes. Instead of chiseling them off and risk ruining the bench and the letters to attempt to change.

Lastly I attached the lid and placed it in her room. Here’s the finished product!

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I think it goes great with her Ariel/Little mermaid theme and adds lots of storage for her stuffed animal collection, and dolls of course.

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