DIY, Farmhouse Decorating

Farmhouse DIY Bench

The other day I shared our newly updated front entry.  I like to call it a front entry because I feel like foyer is too formal for our farmhouse.  Is it okay that I call it that?  Or can you think of a better name for it?

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In this “room” there is a bench that my husband built for me last year.  I had been on the hunt for an old bench, but I wasn’t having any luck.  He offered to build one and looking back, that was a really great decision.  You see, our floors are not level.  Not too surprising that over the course of 180 years, the floors have begun to slope.  You definitely don’t want to play marbles or pick-up sticks on our floors!  And since he built the bench, he was able to tailor it to the slope of our floors.  The funny thing is that if you put this bench on level ground it wobbles terribly.  But in the front hallway, it sits perfectly!

With the change in wall color in our front entry, I wanted to change up the bench a little bit as the color was a bit too solid for me.  Anyone like chippiness too?  Knowing that it is a new bench with very straight lines, I just wanted to add a little bit of character.

This process was really easy and something that you could very easily do as well.  And if you are every looking for building plans for home decor, you have to check out Ana White!


And the process:

I had decided that I wanted a bit of white to be a base color that would pop out after scuffing up the bench.  And I wanted the white underneath to match my go-to white of Benjamin Moore’s Pure White, so I made some chalk paint.  For a small pint container, I would recommend mixing:

  • 1 Tablespoon Plaster of Paris
  • 1/4 cup of water

Add the above to any wall paint (I used Glidden in an Eggshell finish) and stir.

After the 2 coats of white paint dried, I added a black top coat.  I used just a regular wall paint as I wasn’t able to make a black chalk paint.  It kept turning out grey.  So I pulled out the leftover black from our bathroom makeover.

After the 2 coats of black paint dried, I pulled out some sandpaper!  I started with a block, but then went to a tougher grit paper to achieve some scuff marks.

And here is the outcome:

A little scuffy, a little worn, a little chippy.  Just what I was looking for!

Do you feel inspired to knick up something that looks to nice?  Let me know if you do as I’d love to hear from you!  And remember: it’s your house, so do what you love to make it your home!




  1. I love the distressed edges of your bench! You should link up your post for my DIY linky party!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks, Jen! I will do that…right now! 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you linked up for my party! I hope you come back again and again! Love seeing your creations!

    1. Leigh

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope to continue linking back up…fingers crossed that I remember! 🙂

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