Dudes (alright, just about all of you are really dudettes), I finished the banquette.
You saw how I demolished and then built the new banquette, but here’s how the finishing went down.
Luckily most of my wall damage from removing the bench/window trim was hidden by paneling, so I only had one area of wall to patch and paint. And after I taught myself to patch a few months back, this little area was so no prob.
Then I needed to sand and stain my bench seat. For sanding, I used one of my power sanders with 220 grit sandpaper. I bought the plywood sanded already but just wanted to make it extra smooth. Imperative to vacuum all dust after sanding.
One coat is all it takes – I seriously love that stuff. I applied it with a foam brush and then wiped with a towel. Super easy.
I also made sure to fill the nail gun holes with extra stain – just goob it in there and then wipe up with the rest of the stain – it totally blends in.
Then I sealed the bench with Minwax’s Polyurethane in a satin finish using a foam brush (a new one for each coat).
I tend to like a glossier finish, but I knew this bench would see so many kiddo handprints that satin would be a lot easier on my eyeballs and my occasional clean-freak tendencies. I did four coats, sanding in between each. I subsequently spilled paint on the bench which wiped up without any problem, so think I am good to go.
Paneling and Trim
For the paneling and trim work, I filled all nail holes and seams with wood filler. I like to water mine down a little so it is easier to work with, so just squeeze some filler onto a paper plate, dunk your finger into water, then swirl the filler so it is a smoother consistency. Once applied, sand it so it is all smooth and ready to paint.
Then caulk the edges. I suck at this, so have to tape everything so I don’t get caulk all over the place. But the extra step of taping and caulking is so important for a more professional finish.
Finally, paint. I used Behr’s interior semi-gloss in Swiss Coffee, which I had on hand. I just brushed all the white paneling/trim, which went really quickly. That’s it!
I’ll need to do another post with a reveal of the pillows and other fun stuff that happened in the space, so more on that soon! Here’s a peek:
Seriously, I’m just super glad I have no more nast-o pink pillows and instead have the easy clean-up of these stained and sealed banquette seats. Yay for progress!
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