Blue and white are two of my favorite colors. You may recall the blue & white star pedestal dining table I refinished and painted this Fall. I couldn’t wait to use the colors again on another project – and then I found this rustic bench. By rustic, I mean, well-used, paint-drop-covered, chipped, and banged up.
I think someone on a construction project threw this bench together with some scrap wood they had on hand. I forgot to take a before picture, but I was hopeful.
So I began sanding, filling the wholes with wood filler, priming, and painting. Two coats of indoor/outdoor satin enamel, some clear polycrylic, and it’s now durable enough to last for years either indoors or out.
To create the stripes, I used two different widths of painter’s tape which happened to be two different brands. The center, white stripe was made using Frog Tape while the two outer white stripes were taped off with Blue Hawk Tape. I was actually curious to see how the two would compare. The difference between the two was clear!
The Frog Tape with Edge Lock was the obvious winner and well worth the little bit of extra cost! It left behind very crisp lines and no sticky residue. No touch up was needed. When I removed the Blue Hawk tape, it actually pulled away the paint underneath and left behind all of the sticky glue. In the photo on the right, you can see the crisp Frog Tape lines (top) versus the white jagged line of the Blue Hawk tape (bottom).
So I did have to touch up the Blue Hawk lines with an artist brush and clear coat it with a polycrylic to cover the remaining glue, but the end result is so vibrant!
It’s now the perfect accessory under a covered porch, in a mudroom, or at the foot of a bed.
This bench is now for sale in my Shop.
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