Since my boys have decided that they want to be little helpers they helped me sand down the bench.
First I painted the bottom portion red. Since I am not a smart person. I didn't prime it. So 4 coats of red later I was wishing I primed it.
Wild Man did help me paint the bench which honestly was the highlight of his week. I didn't get a picture of it due to be an over anxious mom with a 4 year old who had a paint brush.
I sure you all understand.
As you can see on the picture I painted white over the red.
Then I enlisted the boys help with distressing the top.
But I would advise if you are going to have two little boys beat up a bench you might want to inform your significate other due to the panic that will bestow on them when they come out to see your kids beating a product that they know your other half has been painstackingly working on.
It will save you some extra explaining and from having a panicked spouse.
I'm just saying...
I did get Romeo to use the pointy end of the paint brush and he focused only on one area... It is ok...I like it that way.
Then I used gel stain to stain the top.
Oh well, if it is stolen I have fingerprint proof that it is mine.
Then I sanded the bottom to let the red come through.
Here is the end result!
It's awaiting all the guests we are to have in the next few weeks!