Upcycle a $10 Piano Bench
It’s been a while since I’ve done an upcycled furniture project, but when I saw this $10 piano bench at a flea market a few weekends ago, I knew it would be a great way to get back into it:
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I really wanted to practice staining, so I thought this would be a great project to start. I also wanted to try out Deco Art’s Maxx Gloss paint line.
Here’s what I used:
- Electric sander (and mask)
- Deco Art’s Maxx Gloss in Sapphire (other colors here)
- Minwax wood stain in English Chestnut
- Minwax polyurethane semi-gloss finish
- Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer (here)
- Krlyon gold spray paint
- Painters tape (I use frog tape) and brush. I really like these brushes from Home Depot because you can chuck them after using, which is a great option when using stain and polyurethane.
- Tack cloth and a rag
(Remember to wear a mask and eye protection while sanding and working with wood, and wear an appropriate mask while working with paints, stains, and finishes. Follow the directions and warnings from your particular brand. Do not use any tools without proper training, precautions, and supervision.)
Here’s how I did it.
Step #1: Sand all the crap off. The bench was solid wood with a veneer layer on the top. The top of the bench was especially nasty, with lots of scratches and water damage.
After I finished sanding everything, I brushed the entire bench with a dry paint brush to get the bulk of the residue off. Then, using the tack cloth, I wiped it down thoroughly to get every last bit of dust off.
Step #2: Now it’s time to stain the top! I used one coat of stain and then two coats of polyurethane. There was one day between each coat (stain and both coats of poly). For the stain, I brushed it on using a chip brush, and then I wiped off the excess using a rag.
Here’s what it looked like after the stain…
…and after two coats of poly (lightly sanded by hand after the first coat to get rid of any air bubbles):
Step #3: Then I painted the bench’s base. Although the Deco Art Maxx Gloss paint does not require a primer when painting on finished surfaces, I had done some sanding, so I put one coat of Zinsser primer on the entire base. But before I did that, I put frog tape around the leg pegs.
Step #4: After the primer dried (I gave it about 3 hours), I put the first coat of Deco Art Maxx Gloss Sapphire on. Here’s what it looked like with one coat (I planned to spray paint the grooves gold, so I didn’t bother painting those):
And here it is with a second coat:
After this dried, I did a bit of touching up in some spots. More thoughts on Maxx Gloss at the bottom of the post.
Step #5: Next I spray painted the gold accents that I’d outlined with frog tape.
Step #6: Screw the top back on and it’s done!
And here’s a before and after:
Thoughts on Deco Art Maxx Gloss paint…
I’m a big fan of Deco Art’s home decor paints because most of them don’t need to be primed (if the piece you’re painting is finished), they come in a variety of colors, and they are easy to apply. However, I have mixed feelings on the Maxx Gloss line. Unlike Deco Art’s Chalky Finish line, I didn’t think Maxx Gloss covered that well. I also didn’t like how streaky it went on. It took two coats and a heavy touch up coat to cover the piece. On the plus side, however, the color is very vivid, which is a refreshing change from Deco Art’s Chalky Finish line colors, which are very muted. I bought this paint at Jo-Ann using a coupon, so it was definitely worth the price. I plan to try another color in the future to see if I have the same experience. Let me know if you’ve had a good experience with a specific Maxx Gloss color!
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