Okay, so I did this project back in the summer, but I’m just now sharing it. Of course, anytime is good for a spray paint project. Though maybe you should use a paint tent in the garage if it’s in the middle of winter … just maybe.
And look how happy our pumpkins look on the black bench!
Of course this black bench wasn’t always so nice and black. It was once kind of boring. This project was so satisfying – to turn the plain bench into just what I wanted here, so I didn’t have to buy a new bench.
I’ve had this bench for a while and the faux wood look was always good before. But when we moved here, I just didn’t like it anymore. It kind of blends and clashes, somehow both at the same time.
I did this project when it was HOT as heck here in Texas, so the yard worked well as a place to paint. I didn’t mind spraying right on the grass, because at the rate this grass grows, the black marks won’t last long.
I started by roughing up the bench with some steel wool. Of course, I wore gloves because who wants to touch steel wool with bare hands? Not me. Oh, and I kept wearing the gloves while I painted. I used the cloth to wipe the bench after I roughed it up. Weird fact about me, I can, but I hate to touch microfiber with bare hands…
Here we go, I started giving the bench a nice coat of matte black with a matte sealer. The sealing coat left a weird kind of cloudy look. I wasn’t thrilled, but I decided it looks kind of like an wrought iron bench.
I really don’t stress during DIY projects. I roll with the punches. If I hated it, I’d start over, but I didn’t hate it … so 🤷♀️.
I used landscape bricks so that I could lean the bench over and paint the hard to reach spots.
I think it looks pretty good. Seasonally, I’ll keep flowers or whatever on the bench. Right now they have our jack-o-lanterns (pictured at the top).
Sometimes it feels good to just get a project like this done. It only took me about an hour and it felt like such a difference.
Do you have any projects on your mind you could get knocked out? I say just go for it.