Transformation of a Garage work bench
You may be wondering what possessed me to even contemplate salvaging this item of furniture but as usual I could see the potential.
The garage was scheduled to be demolished at a later date and I made the decision to salvage the work bench because my kitchen was in much need of some extra worktop and storage space.
I proceeded to remove the drawers and the battered top from the bench and sanded it down to provide a key for the paint. The bench required a coat of antique oak stain first to provide a sufficient base for the finish that I required. I wanted to give the piece of furniture an aged effect so prior to painting I used a fine small artists brush to apply blobs of vaseline or if you prefer you can use beeswax polish. This was left to dry before applying a liberal coat of ivory emulsion paint and using light pressure in order to preserve the vaseline/wax previously applied. I then left the paint to dry overnight. I applied a further coat of paint in ivory, which was watered down, though you could use another colour but this was my required finish. Once the paint had started to dry I began to expose the varnish beneath by rubbing the area gently with a cloth or a scraper in any awkward areas then finished off with a light sanding.
I fitted some new chrome cup handles to the drawer fronts and had a length of kitchen worktop cut to size in a light beech colour.
Baskets have been utilised on the shelf beneath to provide much needed storage space and I am sure you will agree this piece of furniture looks just as good as those items featured in today's magazines.