This post is sponsored by DecoArt.
Our entryway is really narrow, so it’s been hard to find an entryway bench that we like that would also fit in the space! So my handy husband tweaked a plan to make a Parsons-style bench that was the perfect dimensions for our entryway. Then, I painted stripes using my favorite paint – DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint. Here’s how we created our Striped Entryway Bench!
My husband based the bench on plans from Rogue Engineer’s Vintage Toddler Bench. Our bench is narrower and taller to suit both adults and kids (the adults in my family aren’t that tall!) and to take up less room in our entryway. Thank you, Sammy!!!
To paint my bench, I used:
- DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish Paint in the following colors:
- Main color: Relic (dark grey)
- Stripes: Inheritance (orangey yellow), Romance (red), Everlasting (white), New Leaf (green), Delicate (light yellow), and Treasure (teal)
- Plus Creme Wax to finish it at the end.
- Painter’s tape in different widths (you can also use washi tape, though I’d test first to see if it peels off the paint as some washi tapes are stickier than others)
- Paintbrushes in different sizes, plus a round wax brush
- Fine-grit sandpaper
First I painted the whole thing in the dark grey color. I painted two thin coats. The bench looks good already!
When the paint dried, I started taping off my stripes. Note: I ended up removing the green tape so there was a larger space in between the two painters tape stripes on the right.
To prevent seepage of our stripe colors underneath the tape (which happens to me all the time!) I tried a new-to-me trick: paint over the edges of the tape with your original base color. This will seal the tape edges and help to get crisper lines. Allow to dry.
Then paint your stripe colors. I have a red stripe, an orangey yellow stripe, and a wide white stripe. Peel off the tape at an angle while the paint is still wet.
Repeat the process for the three stripes on the white stripe. Tape your stripes, then paint over the edges with the base color, this time in white. Then paint your colors (I first painted the teal and green stripe, then a yellow stripe in between).
Yay I’m glad the sealing of the tape edges seemed to work, for the most part! I did have to touch up a few spots, but a lot less than ever before. So I’ll be sure to go through this step again in the future.
I sanded all over very lightly with a fine-grit sandpaper to lightly distress it and to allow the dark grey to show through a little bit. Finally, I sealed the whole thing with Creme Wax and a big round wax brush, and buffed off the excess with a lint-free cloth.
All finished. It’s such a fun way to welcome our guests, and it’s the perfect size! I’m so happy with it – I love how the stripes turned out, and I love the style. And I love that we’re slowly checking off to-do’s in our forever home!
Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration. And here are few recent projects of mine using DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint:
Stenciled Wall Art
Painted Pallet Organizer (for the Blitsy.com blog)