Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bench Makeover

I have had this bench for a few years and wanted to lighten it up with some paint and glaze.
This is the bench that was dark and it was okay but I was tired of it.  It had so much detail that did not show.
Here is the after and I like it much better.  We used paint and glaze we had leftover from other projects so there was no cost involved.
Closeup of the details on the arm of the bench ...
and on the front legs.  This piece has so much detail that you just didn't notice until the glaze was applied.  Love it now!
It will be in the same room as the cedar chest I painted here.
Here is the cedar chest from the previous post.

This room makeover is taking forever!  I took a couple of chairs that were my mother's to the upholstery shop to have recovered.  They will be a huge transformation too!  I can't wait to see them with the new fabric. 
I now have to decide on drapery fabric for the large window you can see in the pic at the top and another smaller window.  Decisions ... decisions!  Hopefully I will have this project done soon!

Linda at Coastal Charm for their linky parties.

Thanks for visiting!

Hugs,
Donna


32 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Both pieces are just stunning. I can't wait to see the room all done. I am sure it is going to be fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Allison Shops said...

I agree with Marty - both turned out wonderfully.

Dropping by from Met Monday.

Allison
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Linda said...

Bench looks amazing. It doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture!! It was beautiful before, but like you said you couldn't see the detail. Now, it's just gorgeous!!!

Betty Lou said...

The bench is just beautiful, you certainly know how to refinish furniture. Great job.

Scribbler said...

Both pieces are so pretty! I especially like the bench -- I almost bought one like that about 20 years ago, and I have wished ever since that I had. Boohoo!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

Oh my heck, I love this redo. Great job!

donna said...

Donna I just love how your bench turned out. You are so right about the detail. You did an awesome job.
Hugs
donna

Joselyn said...

The light distressed finish highlights the detail so much better. You did a nice job.

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, what a difference the paint made! I love both pieces! You did a wonderful job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Wendy said...

The bench is beautiful. I would have been afraid to paint it, but you've shown me that bravery pays off. Great job!

W. Latane Barton said...

that bench turned out really great. Looks so much better and I love that you can see the details now.

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

That looks so beautiful. The details can really be appreciated now.

Sugah Beez said...

Oh my goodness, what a beautiful bench! I love how your paint technique popped the details. The fabric is yummy too! All The Best ~ Heidi

Yvette @ AquaSeventy6 said...

Very pretty bench! Great work!

Jane said...

Wow, they look gorgeous! I love that bench, but it looks amazing painted. When I was growing up, we had that same cedar chest. The paint really makes it pop!

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MiriamR said...

That is amazing!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm sure your room will be stunning. Love your makeovers.

A Vintage Vine said...

Love the look of the bench...thanks for sharing at Coastal Charm.

Jenny said...

This looks great! Love it!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Donna,
This makeover looks great...much better with the lighter look. Thanks so much for sharing it at NTT.

Blessings,
Linda

Bella said...

Hi Donna,
I have that same bench, and I am always looking at it wondering how it would like white!! Thanks for taking the guesswork outta it, It looks fabulous!! Great job, I can't wait to paint mine:-)
I am your newest follower too :-)
Bella

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

What a difference! And it is so much prettier in the lighter color. Nice job (as usual).

A Cottage Muse said...

What a beautiful makeover!

Donna Gelineau said...

Wow! What a transformation. I am a new follwer.

ImSoVintage said...

wow the details on that bench really pop now. happy to be a new follower from Thrifty Tuesday.
Laura

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Holy Moly! The bench looks wonderful in white! I actually have two dining room side chairs of this style that I'm using in my mostly-white living room. (They even have the same brocade fabric on the seats as your bench.) I had been mulling over the idea of painting them and now, after seeing your bench, I'm convinced I need to put painting my chairs on my "To Do" list! Thanks for sharing. :)

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

PURE awesomeness, Donna! The glaze really makes those details POP! So pretty! A job welll done!!!!

xxoo
Becky

retrorevival.biz said...

Oh my gosh, this turned out GORGEOUS! You must feel giddy:)

~Cindy

Rettabug said...

Wowzers, what an incredible difference, Donna! It turned out fantastic! I'm very impressed & now you've got me looking around for something that I might be able to transform. Well done!

fondly,
Rett

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

My goodness! The bench is beautiful. You are very good at refinishing furniture.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty - you did a great job! Looking forward to seeing the whole room.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Wow this is a huge transformation! The before and after are SO different. Great job!

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