Today is Themed Furniture Day my friends! You know how much I love a good furniture makeover too. Our theme this month is outside so I decided to upgrade an old outside bench I had and make it a beachy starfish stenciled bench.
Since I spent the entire month of June outdoors working on my 30 Days To Fabulous Backyard Makeover, I figured I’d paint something that will work for our outdoor shower which is next to my DIY standing towel rack. My starfish stenciled bench will do nicely and it’s a perfect size to place clean towels and dry clothes to rinse off after a fun day at the beach. It could also be cute at the front door, inside some where or in the backyard when we need extra seating.
I built this bench last year and left it outside. That would have been fine had I used pressure treated wood for the seat top and screwed the seat slats on. I made a new top to replace the old one.
What’s a beachy starfish bench without a good beachy saying? I had this awesome “Life is Better At The Beach” stencil I used for a painting class I taught last spring. I cut up the words to spread them across the bench.
Here’s a tip when you cut a stencil or have a thin edge on a stencil, add some extra painter’s tape to protect the edges so you don’t get any stencil paint outside of the stencil area.
To match the legs and top on my beachy stenciled starfish bench, I distressed the words and stenciled starfish just a tad. I like to use 22o grit sandpaper over a sanding block.
I distressed the edges a little too. Notice how the seat slats on the edges of my starfish stenciled bench look worn? I took off the sharp edges with my random orbital sander (before painting:) ) so they’d be comfortable when someone sat down.
It’s true ya know,
Life really is better at the beach!
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