My friend is in the process of building a beach house in Barngate, NJ. She was on the hunt for a piece that will be in her front entry. It had to be utilitarian and pretty at the same time.
She found this awesome bench at a local antique store. I believe it is originally from England. However, it had been painted in a very nasty, orange color and the paint was super slick (likely oil based). I knew it would require quite a bit of work to get it ready for its beach house debut!
I started by taking my orbital sander and going over all of the old paint to give it a surface to stick to. After sanding, it had to be totally cleaned before I could begin.
I used a base coat of Annie Sloan Old White and then 2 more coats of Pure White on top. I then used my sandpaper and sanded it all back for a super smooth finish. This allowed all of the old details to pop through and gave it a super beachy, old look. I really love it!
Here is a pic of the foyer where it will go. Love the tile!
A fun summer before and after!