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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Have you ever considered bench seating???

I had never thought about bench seating... or at not seriously until I came across an old piano bench at a thrift shop.

And I knew I was in love with the idea.
I am all for miss matching chairs around a dining table so why not add a miss matching distressed bench to the mix?

This is how much bench turned out

not perfect....
but like I always say---
my projects NEVER are!
(that may be why I am so hesitant to open an etsy shop---
what if someone was disappointed with something I made because it wasn't perfect?)

Anyways---back from that tangent.

This is what the bench started out as.
A good old fashioned piano bench.
(an extra bonus to using a piano bench is the storage under the lid!)

Sorry about the before.
Considering how excited I get to paint a treasure like this when I find it, I just feel luck that I have a before picture at all!

This time around I used duck egg blue chalk paint.
After I painted the whole bench I distressed it up to enhance all of the details.
And then I added my wording.

I cut my wording with my Silhouette onto sticky vinyl and then placed the outline onto the bench.

Then I blotted the paint on over top.
The only advice I really have here is don't try to use real brush strokes or you will get lots of paint under your vinyl and the words will look sloppy.

Then you need to wait awhile before you remove the vinyl outline or you will get a sloppy look like you see on the "o" of you.  
I have many wonderful qualities (at least that is what hubs says) but patients sure isn't one of them!
And lets face it I love anything that looks a little chip-y and not perfect so I actually kind of love that it looks like that.
My impatience payed off!

I love this look and I am pretty sure I will be grabbing up future piano benches I find at garage sales and thrift stores again!  I could totally see these being great for little people someday!

Ohh and before I forget, I sealed and finished the piece with wax.  
I wanted it to be super durable and washable since it is in the kitchen!

What do you think?
Would you consider bench seating?

And on a side note, it would mean the world to me if you wanted to be part of my giveaway with Ginger from Literally Inspired----click here to enter.

Anddd I am linking up to some of these amazing parties---please check them out, you are sure to be inspired!


Anonymous Connie @ Salvage Savvy said...

This bench is great!! I have one on my "to-do" list and I love, love this idea. Thanks for sharing, I found you @ Perfectly Imperfect :)
ps. I'm your newest follower!

August 11, 2011 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love it! Great job...

August 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Your bench is amazing!! Duck Egg is one of my favorite colors!

August 11, 2011 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Awesome jamie!! I am planning on doing my piano bench too {but it is actually at the piano!} I love it for a table though and your quote is so sweet!
Jenn :)

August 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Carrie @ lovely etc. said...

Love this! The quote is absolutely perfect. I'm a new follower!

August 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger {amy k.} said...

so, i'm new to the whole refurnishing thing but have a few pieces i'm wanting to do. i was trying to see if you happen to have a refurnishing tutorial on here but i don't see one. so, any tips? and this is probably a silly question, but what's chalk paint? do you use a paint can or spray paint?

August 11, 2011 at 7:16 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

AMAZING! I am so impressed by this!

Ps--I love your blog, you have the best ideas here!

August 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this bench! What a great idea! Duck Egg Blue is one of my favorite colors too. Awesome transformation!

August 11, 2011 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Darby Hawley said...

oooo so pretty! Love the phrase and the color you chose! Super cute :-)

August 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

It would have been an improvement just with the paint. But I love love love the phrase you painted on it. So cute and makes it perfect. Plus imperfections makes each piece special (to your etsy comment).

August 11, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger TulipsAndTurnips said...

That is great! Really nice job! : )
I saw you on the Shabby Nest Frugal Friday, yeah!

August 11, 2011 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger Della said...

Love this idea! Awesome creativity, you crafty gal ;)

August 11, 2011 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Tam said...

Great redo, how do you seal with wax?

August 12, 2011 at 12:57 AM  
Anonymous Prairie Mama said...

This is darling!!! I have my childhood piano bench at the foot of my bed and I have been scheeming a plan to paint it. You have just given me some inspiration!

Beautifully done!

August 12, 2011 at 4:54 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

This bench looks great! I really like the saying you wrote on it, too!

August 12, 2011 at 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Nelda said...

This turned out so nice. I love the quote you chose to put on it. So appropriate. You have convinced me; I would definitely consider bench seating now.

August 12, 2011 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger Just Jaime said...

Very cool! I would love to have some bench seating. I think it saves space!

August 12, 2011 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Michele @ {Primp} said...

love it--so cute! thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration.

August 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

It iw wonderful! What great idea.

August 12, 2011 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Howsewears said...

I absolutely ADORE using vinyl and furniture! I'm posting my fave project later today that I think you'll like. I have to have my coffee first.
Fondly, Tami

August 12, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Mary @ Redo 101 said...

Your bench seat is awesome. Love the color you painted, and you did a fantastic job with the lettering. One blogger once said, "It doesn't have to be perfect." I love that - it freed me to jut try things and not worry if they're not exactly so-so. Actually I'm finding it gives the piece a lot more interest! Thanks for sharing at the Somewhat Simple linky party.

August 12, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Cindy @ Cinsarah said...

I love it!! You did an amazing job on this! :)
I love the color and I've always loved dinning tables with benches, too bad my dinning room is tall or else I would look to do something like this!

and btw that's the beautiful thing about handmade, nothing is ever "perfect" so don't be scared to open up an etsy shop! :)

August 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Heather A. said...

Oh how I love your bench! You did a great job! I love bench seating and just built some for my kitchen. Should work well for my four kiddos!

August 12, 2011 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

Cute idea! I love the words you stenciled.

August 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger WhyCuzICan said...

What a sweet bench (love the look of mismatched seating in a home, btw), and hope you get a chance to pick up many more that need "reloved" in your travels.

And I say GO FOR IT (for an etsy store). Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?!

Visiting from ShabbyNest Linky Party today :D
~Suzanne in Illinois

August 12, 2011 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

Girl, you are on a roll!

August 12, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your bench turned out sooo cute! And I love that saying!

August 12, 2011 at 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Lisa H. said...

Love it! Now to find a really cheap bench to restyle for myself.

August 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM  
Anonymous loving momma @ happy as a lark said...


August 12, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
Blogger andrea@townandprairie said...

Just fabulous. I love benches, too, but had to get rid of mine b/c of the arm rests. My boys were too close for comfort! LOL Andrea @ townandprairie

August 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

I love this! So sweet!

August 12, 2011 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Hinna said...

Super cute and totally customizable!

August 13, 2011 at 4:13 AM  
Blogger MissPrissyville said...

I have to work on my "thinking out of the box" skills! I see piano benches sometimes but never think to use them for seating at a dining table. The seat storage would be perfect for table linen! Perfect mix of paint and distressing! Great job!

August 13, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I love this bench -the color and saying are adorable!! i'm following!

August 14, 2011 at 5:58 AM  
Blogger Carmella said...

Love the bench...the color...and the quote! So, do you need to sand before painting with this type of paint? Haven't used any yet, but I love the finished products so much!

August 14, 2011 at 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love it. i recently painted my piano and bench a pretty cream and then distressed both. wish i had seen this first. i love the color. love the stencil. im now on the hunt so i can add onr to my dining room farm table.

August 14, 2011 at 6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the coolest idea. Any particular wax to use?

August 14, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is adorable! Pinning now!

August 14, 2011 at 4:00 PM  
Blogger Megan Gunyan said...

What a fun saying! I love the color you used as well. I couldn't see any imperfections. :) And yes, we have a bench in our kitchen and the little ones LOVE it. A very good idea! I'd love for you to share this at my link party!

August 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM  
Blogger Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh do I LOVE this bench! It is so adorable & that saying is perfect. I think I need one for my house. :) I am so glad I found your many ideas.

August 15, 2011 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Love the idea of bench seating!!! SO smart that you finished it with wax. Very very smart :) I've always wanted old movie seats, too... Anything in a row :)

August 15, 2011 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

OMG, I love this! Thanks for linking up, this is such a great bench! I'll be featuring this and hope you come back again this weekend.

August 20, 2011 at 5:42 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

This is so great. Would like to try it.

August 24, 2011 at 6:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks great. Did you cut out the stencil yourself or had it machine cut? It looks perfect.

September 2, 2011 at 5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made it!

September 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I can't get Annie Sloan paint where I live, do you have suggestions of other paints that will give a similar effect? thanks!

September 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love this bench! Stopping by from Naptime Crafters. You got my vote!

September 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Love this bench makeover! How did you use wax to seal it?

October 3, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is so sweet. I love the quote. It would be so cute to use it as a prop in an engagement picture or something. Good luck in American Crafter!

October 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Dine Martins said...

I am new at this - just thinking about how to start painting furniture, have a few pieces in my house that could be painted. I just saw a little old trunk on craigslist and I will try to copy what you did. I a going to put in my bedroom so the words also fit (oh, romance...)!
I have researched about the paint, found a vendor and even a workshop close to my city (30km??) but will look at michaels' for the stencils, or might have to order at etsy. I live in Vancouver, BC Canada. Thank you for the inspiration!!!!

November 11, 2011 at 10:40 AM  

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