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Brawn made this bench about 23 years ago or more.  He made it back when we only had tiny mittens for two little kids to put in it.  Now we have bins and baskets and cubbies and the bench holds the stuff no one wears.  It's been in the same spot in our mudroom for 19 years and at some point I rubbed it with a black stain.  Why I don't know, it pretty much looked like crap since then.  Brawn's furniture building skills have improved in 23 years, but the bench is part of us now so it's not going anywhere. Those rectangle spots are from velcro, why did I rub it black and put on velcro?
Enter my recent new found love of painting.  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....NOT!  Enter my newly purchased Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I've got it, so I'm gonna use it.  And I promised my family this would be the last time I used their home as my paint booth.

I had a sample pot of Old Ochre and chose that for the bench.  By the time I was done waxing, the Old Ochre didn't look all that different than Old White when it's antiqued.  I didn't mind painting the bench near as much as the high chair here since there was less nooks and crannies and I really didn't care all that much how this turned out - I could of spit on it and it would of looked better.
 I think I am going to re-pad it, and cover it in an old quilt that I have only parts of.  I want to jazz it up, but for now the old pillows and fabric stay.  People kick shoes under it,  they forget they have cubbies, so the ruffle stays or I have to look at shoes.

I have to say my favorite part of painting is distressing it after.

I linked the 'ol boy up to:
 Saturday Nite Special "Benches" @ FunkyJunkInteriors


  1. Love the update with the new paint. I linked to you today in my post. Hope you like it! :)

  2. My gosh girl...Have you ever been BUSY!!! And you need to turn your email doo hinky ON. Your posts by email are not coming. And look at everything I've missed!! I scroll down and there are pages and pages of pretty good stuff. This chalk paint seems to be the rage. Here Brawns bench and down the road a bit is that cute high chair. And then theres the soap from Massachusetts. Look at all I've missed. I'd be right here as soon as you posted it if your doo hinky thingy were working. Or should I re-sign up again? That would be the third time.

    Thanks for coming over to my blog and your cute comments. Yep...with those photos I know I've aged. But it was worth it all for last Saturday. And you didn't even show up in your sequins. One gal showed up in jeans and running shoes while others dressed up ready to paint the town red. I was just glad they came. And it only lasted about 3 hours.

    Let me know whats going on with your email. You've sure been busy doing blog posts. Are you going to do them every day now? You're on a roll!


  3. I love the new look of the bench. I love the style of it, especially the claw feet on the front. And it's distressed beautifully. That is always may favorite part because it really brings it to life!


  4. That is a neat looking bench. I am glad you are enjoying painting. You start getting on a roll and there is no stopping ya!

  5. What a great bench, I'm crazy about the distressed look! Glad you did not get rid of it!

    Have a great day!


  6. Looks so nice! I like the ruffle, it looks even better against the new paint.

  7. I love it and the distressed painting is wonderful!!

  8. Hi! This is fantastic! Thanks for visiting this morning. I'm following right back. So glad to have found you!

  9. Girl...this looks so much better! I was a bit skeptical when I saw the before. It looked a bit skanky. But, it you did some amazingness with it!

  10. What an awesome make-over! You did a great job and I too love the distressing part of re-doing furniture. I'm now following you with Linky Followers. Have a wonderful day, Gail

  11. I love your new (old) friend. I am with you on keeping it and refinishing it. I still have a headboard bench that my husband made when he was using a hammer and nails. And I love it!


  12. Now I am truly sold on ASCP! That bench went from an old hag to a hot babe. :@

  13. Great job on the bench! I just used ASCP for the first time today and I am in love!!! Many projects lurking in the near future for me... I am now your newest Linky follower and GFC~figured I would cover all my bases. Please pop over to visit me!

  14. Fabulous!!!!
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

  15. I really like how it turned out. The white is a nice contrast to the dark seat pad and skirted fabric. I like your idea of recovering it too. I think that will "up" the charm factor even more!

  16. Wow, you been busy, and you say you don't like painting !
    I feel the same way about sewing, but some things in life are a necessary evil - lol !!!

  17. Hi lovely lady.
    I love the way it turned out also. You did a Beautiful job, love the colors.I love coming over to see you sweet lady.
    I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my Valentine's Day Tablescape so sweet of you.
    I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  18. I like how this turned out- the distressing is great fun. I have a tendency to like my painted things very distressed. Lack of self control!

  19. It always amazes me what a little bit of paint can change a piece. Looks good!

  20. Anonymous2/08/2012

    I love your bench! Paint is so much fun! Great job! I'm following on GFC and Linky Follower.

  21. Annie Sloan and your elbow grease made all the difference in the world! Even the old fabric ruffle and pillows stand out beautifully now.

    I hope you'll link this terrific transformation to Time Travel others can be voyeurs at your place. lol

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  22. I love how it turned out! I have a lot of painting projects lined up. I need to stop procrastinating (sp?)

  23. Awesome blog! I love this bench. Thanks for visiting me, I'm your newest follower! :)

  24. What a GREAT old bench! Love the new paint job, looks really good.

  25. looking good and I agree on the ASCP some of the time,you can just mix the paint and get a great look,without buying a new color. Old White is a great base paint.

    What do think of burlap for the seat,would still look good with your skirt and the pillows.


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