kristin chapman

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colorful backyard park bench

painted bench slats © creativebleed (iphone, snapseed)

Layers, I am all about them. I often use them in my imagery as a way of telling a story. It adds depth and gives the artist control over every aspect of the image. So, I thought I would try this out with a furniture project.

bench before © creativebleed
Last summer a friend of mine gave us this bench. The iron had already started to age which I liked. My husband took it apart, started sanding and spray painted a couple of the slats pink. The pink of course wasn’t quite working. And honestly, I wasn’t sure what color I saw it as, so I thought it be fun to play with layering paint.

bench after © creativebleed (iphone, snapeseed)
For this project I used spray paint because I had some fun colors plus I needed an outdoor paint. Spray paint is tricky because it dries so fast , so I did each board one at time very quickly. I also tried out this layering paint technique from jacks&kate using soap, which works well.

On the bench seat I only layered one side and painted the other side a solid blue. I did this because I figured it would only naturally weather on one side. For the back of the back rest I used two colors and distressed lightly for the same reasons. I figured depending on where the bench was the back may or may not get as weathered. Both sides were then sealed with a water based spar urethane.

bench close © creativebleed (iphone, snapseed)
Now because I didn’t take the bench apart, I didn’t realize how it was put together. Each board faces a certain direction. What I thought to be the top of the bench was actually the bottom. So all my hard work was going on the bottom. Which honestly I liked the look of the solid blue because the dark grain showed through. But it looked funny with the back rest, so we flipped every other board. I guess that's the way things go sometimes, you compromise. Now I just need to figure out where to put it. K

ps the color in these images are slightly more contrasty and saturated then the actual bench.