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Decoupaged Piano Bench Using

Decoupaged Piano Bench Using "Aged" Sheet Music

Hi Everyone! Here's my latest project. I got this old piano bench with storage from the thrift store a while back for only 5 bucks! I've always wanted to try decoupaging furniture...so I figured why not just go ahead and give it a try right!?!? So as you're viewing the finished product, please keep in mind that this was like my very FIRST time...EVER in life trying out this decoupaging technique. I think it turned out just "ok". (And, of course, I am my own worst critic. It's probably not as bad as I'm imagining it to be). It really could have been better. But now I know what to do and what not to do for the next time I tackle this technique. Here is what the bench looked like BEFORE: Before 2 - Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com Before - Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com This DIY project literally didn't cost me any money at all. Besides, the $5 that I spent to purchase the bench...over a year ago, I already had a crap load of paint at home. As for the sheet music, I just printed out some regular (RANDOM) sheet music and used a tea bag + a little heat to age the paper. »»»»SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG«««« [mc4wp_form] materials PREP: I used a fine (180-grit) sanding sponge to lightly sand the bench. Then, I used a power drill to remove the hinges from the bench top. PRIME: I used the Rustoleum Primer in gray to prime the bench before applying the black paint. A primer application is necessary to ensure that the paint adheres properly to the wood. I only needed one coat of the primer. Since I was working outside, the paint dried fairly quickly so I was able to move on the next step within about 15 minutes. Priming - Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com Priming 2 - Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com PAINTING: After the primer dried, I began applying the black spray paint. I applied 2 coats of the black paint. Spray Painting - Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com Luckily, this spray paint dried super fast. 30 minutes later it was safe to move into the house. While the paint was drying I worked on "aging" my sheet music. Aging paper is fairly easy. All you need is water, tea OR used coffee grounds and a sponge. Coffee works best because it'll give the paper that real dark color...which was the look that I was initially going for BUT, turns out...I had NO coffee in the house! Since this was supposed to be a "No Spend $$$" project, I refused to go buy some instant coffee just for this paper. No way! I'm not a coffee drinker, so that would've been a waste of money. Luckily though, I did have some tea bags. All I needed was 1 tea bag...soaked in hot water for about 5 minuets. Once the tea cooled down, I dipped some paper towel into the tea and rubbed it on to the sheet music. Then used a handheld hairdryer to dry the paper. After that, I used a lighter to singe parts of the paper, which gave it more of a old worn look. I am not posting pics of the paper process, as I plan to do a separate tutorial at a later date on "How to Age Paper". Ugggghhhh, Its not as dark as I wanted...dang it, WHY couldn't I have just been a coffee drinker!!!!!! aged sheet music I used Mod Podge in satin finish to decoupage the sheet music to the top of the piano bench. Once the paper was dry, I applied a few coats of Minwax Polyacrylic as a sealer. And here is the finished product: Decoupaged piano bench 3 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 7 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 2 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 1 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 6 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 4 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 8 on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench on astralriles.com Decoupaged piano bench 5 on astralriles.com My favorite part is the semi-burnt pieces of paper. Yeah, I know, I'm weird, but I LOVE it tho! Sooooooooo....what do you think? Is it a DIY "YAY" or a DIY "NAY"? Don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter. And make your friends do it too!!!! :) [mc4wp_form] S/N: if you're in the mood to purchase some one-of-akind handmade home decor...here is a link to my Etsy Shop:

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