This bench is really well made, using dowel joinery instead of nails or screws. It also weighs a ton. But, the wood types and grains were mismatched in a rather unpleasant way and it had a high gloss finish. It was the perfect candidate for paint.
After a good sanding and cleaning, the bench got a quick coat of a custom Behr color, a slate-y blue with gray undertones. Then, two coats of Behr's Smokey Cream. This is one of my favorite neutrals and is currently the color of my dining room. On the bench, with the blue peeking through, it reads bright white, but in my dining room has a pinkish gray hue during parts of the day.
The box cushion in cotton ticking makes this a comfy place to rest. I picture it in a hallway or entry as a perfect spot to take off your shoes after a long day.
I staged the bench with a piece of macrame driftwood. I love the look of the soft string weaving with with hard driftwood. I still have to come up with a purpose of it, but for now I enjoy looking at it! These pieces are destined for The Blend eclectic furniture and decor festival in Corvallis, Oregon in August.