Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DIY Bride

So far, I haven't been a DIY bride at all. I like the idea of DIY, but a lot of the time doing it yourself can be just as costly as paying someone to do it for you. This week, I tackled a few DIY-able tasks. I printed the addresses on my invitation envelopes, made my own menu cards for the place settings at the reception (still need to perfect/finalize these), and today, I refinished an old bench that we plan on using for my mehndi. Most of our decor for the mehndi has been settled, except for the actual stage. My mom and I were thinking of keeping it simple with some kind of bench, throw pillows, and maybe some Moroccan lanterns. I came across a couple of cute benches for sale but the idea of spending a few hundred dollars seemed pointless. Then I saw an ad on tv for Krylon and decided to refinish this old bench my mom has been hanging on to for the past 20+ years.

The directions are pretty simple, but the key to an even finish is to shake the bottle for 2 minutes before using, and to spray side-to-side, not focusing on one spot for too long. (I did a test spot on the back of the bench and got a few lumps from not moving it enough.)



I used 2 cans of the metallic gold on this bench and it wasn't quite enough. I was able to cover 99% of the bench, but I need to buy another can to even out the paint in some areas (they're only $5/can). Then I just need to find a nice colorful fabric to cover the seat with!

The new finish won't be practical after the party, but the cool thing about Krylon is we can buy a few cans of the right wood finish color and re-paint it back to brown.

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