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{Before & After} – Ultra Distressed Bench

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

My dad found me this sweet little bench a couple weeks ago.  It was one of those that i loved right away and couldnt wait to get it painted.  I loved the lines of the bench and that the paint was already really flaky – flaky finishes are perfect for getting an ultra chippy, distressed, weathered look.

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

I gave it a good sanding with my orbital sander to get all the loose paint off.  Then, i skipped the primer since the bench already had a lot of texture and i knew that my paint wood stick.  Plus i was going for a highly distressed, chippy paint look anyways – so i didnt need the primer.

After giving it one heavy coat of paint, i let it dry and then took my orbital sander to it to give it a heavily distressed finish – my favorite finish of all :)

After distressing i gave it a coat of poly to seal in all the chippy goodness…

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

Sweet Pickins Furniture - Sherwin Williams Dill

The 411

Paint = Sherwin Williams Dill

Clear Coat = Varathane water based poly in a gloss

Distressing technique = orbital sander, post found here


12 Responses to {Before & After} – Ultra Distressed Bench

  1. JamieK April 17, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Absolutely loove it !!

  2. Kristi April 18, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    So pretty! We have a narrow front porch that really doesn’t work with rockers. I’m thinking I need to start looking for a bench.

  3. Debbie April 18, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Love this bench. It is so wonderful looking. That color is perfect. I always enjoy stopping by and seeing what you are up to.

  4. karen April 18, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Adorable, love the color and the chippy paint. Isn’t your Dad the best picker?

  5. Robin April 18, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I adore your new bench. How nice of your dad to find it for you. the paint color choice is prefect for it.

  6. Sarah April 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm #


  7. Laurie @ House of 34 April 19, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Beautiful! I wish my family members would find me awesome finds like that! ;)

  8. Amy C April 19, 2013 at 7:13 am #

    Awesome find and I LOVE the color!

  9. Mindi April 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I LOVE this!!!

  10. Lauren April 22, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    That’s a really beautiful remake. I love that you used paint instead of the Annie Sloan stuff that everyone is using. No offense to anyone who loves it, and I’m not at all saying that it doesn’t create a beautiful look, but I love seeing what people redo with paint and polyurethane too. I love the color. I’ve always enjoyed Dill.

  11. Chris May 8, 2013 at 5:57 am #

    Love the bench, do you know what style it is?

  12. Tigerluna57 September 13, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    I had a question for this particular bench, if you wanted it for the outside exposed to rain, snow, sun, etc how would you seal it? What would you use?

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