I had a request to do something different with this bench and 3 chairs. They had just been using spray paint and it wasn't as durable or fun as they would like.
Before I get on with this makeover, I wanted to share a random thought. Why did they ever think it was a good idea to make scented markers for kids? Is it really a good idea to teach them to sniff markers? I don't think so.
I started with a good sanding. I didn't worry about getting all the paint off...could you imagine getting it off the legs, spindles and such? I focused on the parts that needed it and made sure to rough it up a bit. I know chalk paint sticks to everything, but I wanted to make sure.
I started with some Fireworks red by APC. Painting it in areas that would normally be distressed and some other places. I followed that with Lincolns hat and brushed around and dry brushed over some of the red.
From there I used 3 coats of water based poly to seal and protect.
Now that adds some sizzle doesn't it?