Custom painted shoe bench for my babies

I was given this bench by a family member whose children have grown past their toddler bench phase. I was excited because the seat lifts for additional storage and my girls are all about seating that is “just my size” — as Adi likes to put it. We’ve been using it as shoe storage downstairs, so we don’t have to go all the way up to their rooms when we need to grab shoes quickly and leave the house. I thought it needed some updating to blend in with our other furniture, so out came the paint brush.

This is my final product:

And here is what the bench looked like before:

I first needed to use some Liquid Nails to repair the loose armrest. Then the next day, I got to work.

I chose Annie Sloan Pure White for the base, it took two coats.

After that was dry, I sketched out my lettering. Remembering a tip that I recently saw on Pinterest (see tutorial here). I printed out the font that I had previously chosen in the desired size and traced the lettering with a ballpoint pen. This left an imprint on the freshly painted bench. I was then able to paint inside my imprint with a mixture of AS chalk paint in Pure White mixed with a little Graphite.

Once everything was completely dry, I distressed lightly and finished with AS clear wax. Now my girls have a pretty place to put their shoes.

Lots of love,
Mary

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23 thoughts on “Custom painted shoe bench for my babies

  1. Lisa

    I love your site and all your creative ideas! I don't have a creative bone in my body, but your site inspired me to spray paint some outdated wooden lamps that a co-worker gave me. I started with a 2 coats of grey primer, and I realize now I should have stopped there… The first lamp I tried to paint, I guess I was using cheap spray paint cause it was from the dollar store, and it looked really oily and it pooled in places and ran in others… After looking at the other lamp with only the grey primer I realized it was so pretty just like that, so I tried to put primer over the top of the ugly paint on lamp #2. It did not work… After 3 coats of primer, the paint was still bleeding though in many places. Any idea how to fix? Or should I just treat this as lesson learned "don't buy cheap spray paint"?

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  2. Melanie @ bear rabbit bear

    Wish I could find one of these! Love it! I'd love for you to link to my Things I've Done Thursdays link party going on now until Saturday at noon EST. MelanieSew Rugged @ bear rabbit bearhttp://bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com/2011/11/things-ive-done-thursday-13-fun.html

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  3. kim

    What a cute little bench! I need one!I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!Kim @ Too Much Timehttp://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

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  4. Chel Hery

    How wonderful! I love the font you used for the word 'shoes'. My kids are teens, but they could use something like this as well. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  5. Nan @ Playful Decor

    Hi Mary, I found you from Show & Tell Friday and am your newest follower. I love this bench! We'll be re-doing our entry and have thought about a kid-sized bench, so this is inspiration! I'd love to have you join my link party: Tuesday's Nursery on Dec 6th. It's for any age of kids decor. Here is the link: http://www.PlayfulDecor.blogspot.com I hope you can make it! Nice to meet you! Nan

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