Once that was done, I used one of my Maison de Stencils grain sack stencils and stenciled with light ivory acrylic paint. I then masked off my stripes to widen the look of the image and make it more like a French grain sack.
Once I completed the painting process, I took my sander and shabbied the whole piece exposing some of the dark wood below. Then I used Minwax jacobean stain and wiped a heavy layer of stain over the whole bench to give it even more of an aged look.
I really wanted to bring out the imperfections of this piece to show the beautiful aged state the bench was in when I found it. Below is the bench as it looked in its original state.
And here you see it with a decorative finish on it.
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