Do you have an old hall bench that no longer matches your decor? Why spend money on a new one when you can easily transform it at low cost?            In this blog, I will take you step by step through how I revamped an entrance bench of one of my clients using the color Sunflower by Colorantic adding a nice warmth of colour to this enteryway.

entrance bench

The products used



Step 1 – Preparation

My client’s bench had an old oiled finish, so I sprayed the cleaner all over it and let it sit for a good 15 min. I then used a damp cloth and rubbed it all over. I rinsed several times until there was no residue on my cloth. I then let the surface dry for 1 hour.

Step 2 – The color

Since the bench was quite dark, I applied 2 coats of Colorantic Sunflower paint and let it dry between coats. The paint dries very quickly and also covers very well.

Step 3 – ” Antiquing ”

Once the paint was dry, I proceeded to antique my piece. Using a damp white cloth (hot water) I rubbed in strategic places to remove paint to mimic the wear and tear of time. In a few places I have used the sanding block.

Step 4 – Finishing

Again I let it dry, but this time it took 2 hours. I then applied 2 coats of matte varnish, sanding lightly with 400 grit sandpaper between the 2 coats.



Here is some important information.

I could have antiqued it more with a colorful glaze which would have created a more rustic look. My client’s decor is rustic and warm, but too rustic was not what they wanted. I used varnish rather than wax since the bench is used often by the family so it needed a good resistance. The entrance of the house is made of wood, the colour sunflower added beautiful light into this room.

Julie Deslandes
Julie Deslandes

Julie Deslandes

Julie Deslandes is an expert in revamping old kitchens DIY - She owns the page Finition et Relooking Julie -


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