I've always thought this would make a terrific bench. It can bear quite a bit of weight. I decided that I didn't want to wait one more winter. So outside we both went. After making sure it was clean, I pulled out a can of paint primer.
(I'm new to the whole spray paint thing, so I didn't realize that you can find huge cans of just primer at Home Depot for pretty inexpensive.) This dual paint primer gave it a good base coat. Before:
After a coat of primer:
I probably could have done a second coat of primer before starting with the actual color I wanted, but since I wanted it to look a bit (just a bit -- I'm not into big huge bare spots ... ) distressed, and I actually like that hint of shading that you can get when it blends well -- kind of like built in shadows -- I figured that one coat would do.
** Note to self: Bees like spray paint. Who knew? AND if your fingers are covered in paint, bees will like you too. Fun-filled allergy excitement ...
After the base coat, I gave it a couple of coats of an almond colored spray paint. I like the muted ivory look that it has. I also dragged the plastic off the grass and onto the cement. The grass was super long that day and pushed the lightweight plastic up against the paint.
It's a work in progress, but at least we're on our way now ...