See how a salvaged yellow bench added some much-needed personality to our front porch after a quick paint job and some simple styling.
Perhaps it was the dreadfully long winter or the result of looking at a bazillion cottage inspiration pics, but I knew I had to add yellow somewhere around our house. Not the washed out version either, rather something bright and cheery!
Sounds a bit scary for someone who loves neutrals, right? But when I was looking at making over the rustic blue bench I discovered at my parents’ farm last summer, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. It would be that unexpected pop of colour at the front door that made me (and hopefully others) smile every time I entered. A safer bet than committing to something that vibrantly coloured inside.
Some of you pleaded with me on Satori’s Facebook Page to leave the bench as it was. I did adore the look of the top, but the rest was a hideous blue color I just couldn’t live with. As well, I wanted it to be a functional bench that we could use for summer backyard parties. Somehow flaking paint and large splinters weren’t exactly what I had in mind. In addition, we had to cut the ends of the bench to fit it in the truck and I had to address the newly exposed wood. Convinced yet?
To start the bench makeover, we cut the angles back in the ends with a jigsaw. I removed the flaking paint with a wire brush and sanded down the rough and splintery parts until everything was fairly smooth. For the base coat I used Behr’s exterior paint/primer custom mixed in Golden Honey by Benjamin Moore.
Once it was dry, I gave it a light sanding and followed up with another coat of paint in a deeper yellow colour I created by mixing the Golden Honey with a very vibrant yellow colour called Macaw (by Behr). I sanded once again and lightly brushed on another paint mix with a bit more of the Macaw yellow to achieve the brighter hue I wanted.
The photos don’t show it well, but it gave the yellow some depth and variation by building the layers.
The final step was sanding the entire bench to expose some of the original blue colour and give it an overall smooth finish.
After changing our front door colour last fall and freshening up the porch, I wanted to add some additional decor pieces, including seating, but ran out of time before the cold weather hit. My “new” yellow bench was the perfect foundational piece to finally start the decorating process.
On one side, I created a seating area with pillows for enjoying that mid-afternoon iced tea and reading break.
Simple potted plants were added to bring in a touch of green and the crispness of white.
An Indonesian basket, lantern, and a graphic door mat were the final decor pieces added to give the front porch some personality.
The whole combination is the eclectic look I was hoping for.
Have you stepped out of your box and painted something a bold colour lately? Is there anything unexpected you’ve done to make your front porch welcoming?
Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Outdoor Paint Projects link party. It’s the final week of the Outdoor Extravaganza, and we’d love to see you there!
Sending you sunshine!