Themed Furniture Makeover Storage Bench

Hi my sweet reinventor friends!

Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day for November.  Still one of my favorite days of every month.

If you’d like to see previous themed furniture makeovers, go here.

This month’s theme is storage, and I’m excited to share a project I recently finished for a friend.

Yeah, the engineer wondered why I don’t work on storage in OUR house too.  😉

Here’s what I started with.  My friend wanted to use this bench in her foyer, adding seating and a little stylish storage too.  She wanted to update the color, so she purchased some Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Hurricane and sweetly asked me to paint it for her.

themed furniture makeover storage bench before

I had never used Hurricane before, it’s kind of a putty gray color, and I loved it after one coat.

themed furniture makeover day storage bench during

After two coats and a little drying time, I sanded it smooth, and wiped on a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax.  For a little color and extra protection, I added second coat of wax also, this time using Maison Blanche Dark Antiquing Wax.

Here’s the finished bench.

It’s kind of hard to see the antiquing wax in a photo, so I tried darkening it up a bit.

And her close up.

Thank you so much for visiting today for Themed Furniture Makeover Day!

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Storage Bench Makeover with Maison Blanche Paint in Hurricane From Reinvented

Have fun checking out all of the other awesome furniture makeovers below, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a fun Christmas Ornament Blog Hop AND our Inspired By You Weekly Features!  Two posts on a Friday, go me!  😉

How To Build A Rustic Wood Frame For A Bathroom Mirror

Hey hey!  Thank you all for your sweet comments about our $100 Bathroom Makeover.   Many of you loved our newly framed mirror, and I gotta tell you, the engineer is pretty proud of that.  I decided he would be the best person to teach you how to build a rustic wood frame for a bathroom mirror, so brace yourselves.  You’re about to be “engineered.”

We started by measuring length of the mirror and the height of the mirror and adding one inch to each measurement so that our frame would sit on top of the mirror and overhang about a 1/2 inch on each end.  We purchased enough 1×4 boards to cover these measurements.

The engineer used this square to mark a 45 degree angle at the end of each board with a pencil.  For example, the board for the top of the mirror was cut so that each end sported a 45 degree angle towards the center.  (think of a picture frame)

He used a miter saw to cut the angle marked by the pencil line above.

Because our mirror had small plastic clips (two each on the top and bottom edges), a router was used to cut a small “channel” to over those clips and allow the frame to sit flush.

Pretty slick, huh?

After the boards were cut and routed, they were sanded first with 80 grit sandpaper and then with 120 grit.  We were going for a rustic look, so this sanding prep was sufficient.   We then stained them with General Finishes Gel Stain in Antique Walnut.  Gel stain is perfect for all kinds of wood, and is easy for a beginner to apply evenly because it doesn’t soak in to the wood like other stains.  One coat was perfect.

One piece of stain advice:  make sure that you stain both sides of each board.  After you hang them on the mirror, the underside will show as a reflection in the mirror.  We might have had to take our down, stain the backside and put them back up…

We hung our rustic wood frame using 3M Command Strips.  It’s plenty secure, but could easily be removed by the next owners if they are fools that don’t love rustic wood frames.  😉

A couple more tips:

If your mitered cuts don’t fit perfectly, you can fill the cracks with a little wood putty and stain it to match.

We recommend hanging the bottom piece first, using a level to make sure it’s straight, then one end, the top, and finally the other end.

I hope that you are inspired to try framing your bathroom mirror!  It would mean the world to us if you would share this post with your family and friends!

Thank you so much for reading!

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