Monday, February 22, 2010

My New Bench…I LOVES!

Slowly but surely, our master bath/bedroom is coming together.  I’ve finally started to tackle a few little projects I’ve been meaning to start for a LONG time.  Like this sweet little bench…


I bought this about 3 years ago at this little antique shop for a whopping $7!!!!!  LOVE IT!!  As not cute as it is, it looks a gaJILLION times better than it did upon purchase.  The seat was originally covered in a pillowcase that was embroidered with mushrooms?!  SO…I brought it home…recovered the seat in this really generic fabric…and just let it sit in the bathroom under my vanity.  I really wanted to dress it up and paint it, but I never got around to it. 

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FINALLY…3 years later…we’ve started to redo the bathroom and NOW my sweet little $7 bench has a purpose.  SO…time for a facelift!  First thing’s first.  The color.  I decided to paint it the same color as the bathroom…Emperor blue, I think?!


After a couple of coats, I was looking at a brand new bench. 


But the fabric had to go.  I picked up some textured brown fabric that was PERFECT for the look I’m going for.  I ripped off the other fabric, added some foam & batting, and pulled out the staple gun to throw it all together.  {Before I added the foam, I was literally sitting on covered wood.  Ouch.}


Ahhhh…that feels MUCH better.  But there was still something missing.  SO…I took my favorite little antiquing glaze, gave the bench a few coats and wiped off the excess.  Finally…a look that I absolutely ADORE.



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                   BEFORE                                 AFTER

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  1. You had me at that blue color--love it! I also love the shape of the bench.

  2. I love that! Especially the lovely!

  3. I love it! What antique glaze did you use?

  4. Love it! Don't you just love it when you get a good bargain and then you use your mad skills to make it great? Awesome bench! Love the color. What kind of glaze did you use? I am still trying to find one that I like.

  5. My favorite glaze...the one I always the Antiquing Glaze from Valspar. I also really like the Ralph Lauren Faux Glaze, but I always have the Valspar glaze on fave!!

  6. WoW, Great job!!
    love your blog by the way!! I am going to try some of your recipes!!!

  7. It looks great, I loooove that blue paint. What a great bargain find.

  8. What a cute cute bench!
    :o) Trish

  9. LOVE the new makeover, good work! I just found you on My Nashville Nest and thought I would drop by!

    It's so nice to meet you!

  10. I love the blue color, what color is it... Want to try this on a dresser I have.