Monday, September 20, 2010

Bench, Take Two

Be still my heart.  Doesn't this bench look just perfect in my dining room windows?!
More about the bench in a minute.

First off, don't forget about the Give-Away!  Deadline to enter is this Wednesday at midnight.  ALL you have to do to enter is become a follower of this blog (on the left sidebar, all you need is an email address & password).  Or, for an additional entry in the drawing, you can also leave a comment on my post here.  Enough about that now!

So, today in the carpool line at school, I was chatting with several of my friends.  The conversation went something like this...
Friends:  "So, have you sold the black bench yet?  I love that piece"
Me:  "No, actually that one is not for sale.  It is staying right where it is on my porch"
Friends:  "What about the cream hutch & dresser combination that you had in your dining room?"
Me:  "Weeellllll... that  one isn't for sale either, you see.  I just love it too much and it is perfect where I have it!"
Friends:  "So, how did you pull that one over on your husband?  'See, sweetie, I'm going to start this business refinishing furniture, but then I'm not going to sell anything because I'm going to love it all' ?"


It is true, though, about getting attached to things.  You put your all into a piece, and it makes it difficult to part with things.  But I am trying to get better about that :)

Onto the matter at hand, the new bench.  Oh my!!  Love it!

I'm not going to give details on the how-to's because Gail over at My Repurposed Life does it so very much better than I ever could here.  Go visit & take a look at all the amazing benches she has made!

It started as this...

In process, it looked like this...

Even my six year old got in on the action!!

We carried it upstairs and I got started painting it bright & early.

You can barely tell the difference here, due to all the shadows, but here is the bench with just primer.
And, finally, the finished product!

Does anyone else love it as much as I do?!

Many, many thanks to the gals over at Remodelaholic for featuring my mirror project here.  Go take a look!

thanks for coming by!

linking to:
My uncommon slice of suburbia
Perfectly Imperfect's Style Feature Saturday
Life in the Fun Lane's Fresh Coat Fridays
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursdays
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell
The DIY Show Off Project Parade
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Keeping it Simple's Motivate Me Mondays
House of Thrifty Decor's Show Off Sunday
All Thingz Related
Letting the Creative Juices Flow
Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party
The Thrifty Home's Refinished Furniture Party
Hooking Up with HOH
Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100


  1. Looks awesome! I am definitely looking for an old bed to try this.

  2. Amazing work Kathie . . . love all your work.

  3. that looks gorgeous, kathie! i have never built a bench like that- i admire you! looks like hard work!

  4. Beautiful! I just love those benches from old beds. I have a similar bench that my son's convinced me to paint purple ;-) back in July. We love it.

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. This is to die for! I absolutely love it! You did an amazing job!

  6. The bench is gorgeous. Love it, love it. I wouldn't part with it either. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I swear, woman, do you sleep?! :) That bench is amazing, as is all of the pieces you've posted. I've had so much fun reading about all of them!!

  8. Do I get a family discount? I want this bench, and my favorite piece so far, I think, is the vanity for O. Love it!

  9. it's beautiful! What did you use for the seat?
    Thanks for linking to me (again). :)
    You got me wanting to make another one!

  10. It's beautiful, I love it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your project with us at Anything Related!

  11. you already know how amazed i was at this project, but wanted to thank you for joining my party, too!

  12. Oh that is just gorgeous! I need one of those for my front porch!

  13. Your bench is wonderful,it does look great in your window!

  14. I do love it!! It's a great, easy way to re-use an old bed set. Thank goodness for bloggy world and their ideas, huh?

    Good luck with being able to part from your furniture! I don't know that I could do it.

    Great job on the bench!

  15. Crazy, awesome transformation. Love how the whole fam got in on the action. Really, nicely done!!!!

  16. I love your bench!! It's amazing! I really hope to make a piece like that someday. Your story about not wanting to sell your pieces made me laugh. I have some furniture I was going to sell on Craigslist. Each time I finish painting a piece I change my mind, lol! My husband keeps asking "are you going to sell this one?" and I say "oh no not this one!"

  17. It turned out great! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence's Under $100 Party!

  18. This is fabulous! Love how you reused! Thanks for linking up!

  19. Hi, I saw your link at Gails place.. I love how you did your bench. I think these are soo pretty.

  20. So glad I found your site! Absolutly beautiful bench!! Need to talk my husband into making one for me now! Please enter me in your giveaway!
    Will keep reading too!