OK, I know I’m jumping the gun a bit with the garden theme of this piece.
I just couldn’t help myself though. I’m already dreaming of spring, how about you?
I wasn’t especially looking for another bed frame to turn into a bench, but I came across this bed while garage saling on my lunch break last fall. Luckily I was with my co-worker Jodie and she was driving a pick up truck so we were able to load it up.
There were no side rails included, so that made this one a great candidate for a bench. If I’d wanted to sell it as a bed I would have had to replace the side rails.
In addition to adding a seat and the lower front trim piece to the bench, this time my handyman Ken also had to insert boards into some gaps in the headboard and foot board in order to make this piece work.
Once the bench was constructed, I painted the old wood with two coats of Fusion’s Bedford, while the new wood on the seat only required one coat. Bedford is a medium warm grey.
I let the paint dry overnight, and then I added Prima Marketing’s Seeds transfer.
I didn’t quite use all of the transfer, although I did put some of it on the lower section of the bench too.
I also sanded the edges of the piece to distress the paint job. With Fusion paint I recommend doing this within a few days of painting the piece. Fusion is more difficult to distress once the paint has cured.
Although Fusion paint does not require a top coat for durability, the bare wood that I exposed by sanding could use a little protection. So I added just a little bit of Miss Mustard Seed’s furniture wax to a cloth and wiped it over all of the distressed areas of the bench. I didn’t add a lot of wax, just a bit.
I did the same over the transfer, just rubbed it lightly with a waxy cloth to give it a little extra protection.
I couldn’t resist staging the bench with plants and gardening supplies. Sure, it’s January and everything outside my window is frozen solid. But inside I can pretend it’s practically spring!
If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing Seeds transfer, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint in Bedford, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.
And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a fabulous bench, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page to see if this one is still available.