Well, I guess it’s lucky that I moved my painting operations indoors last week. Here’s how things were looking at my house yesterday.
October 14th is maybe just a tad early for this sort of thing, don’t you think?
Cossetta seems to agree with me, can’t you see the faintest hint of annoyance on her face?
You know what? It wasn’t until I was editing the photo that I noticed that her tiara is missing. Do you suppose the squirrels stole that too, along with my mini pumpkins?
Not to worry, I popped outside after writing this blog post and located her tiara on the ground under all of those snowy ferns.
Well, fortunately things were warm and cozy inside and despite the snow on Sunday, we did get a few hours of sunshine on Saturday and I was able to get some photos of a few pieces that I finished up last week.
Remember the twin headboard and foot board that I picked up at a garage sale where everything was a quarter (yes, absolutely everything, including this bed)?
I pretty much knew from the get-go that I wanted to have my handyman Ken turn this into another bench. But first I had to sell him on that idea. You see, the first bench he made hadn’t yet sold at that point. He wanted to wait and see if that one sold before committing to another.
But of course it sold! It was awesome. And as soon as that happened I carried these pieces over to Ken’s workshop to be made into another bench.
I heeded some advice given by Laura who commented that I should cut a little off the legs of the headboard this time to make the back of the bench a bit shorter. Ken cut about 3″ off those back legs before assembling the bench.
And as you can see, I also took the advice that Meggan (a.k.a. the thrift doctor) left in her comment and painted it black. Specifically, Dixie Belle’s Caviar.
I did a bit of distressing with sandpaper, especially around the spoon carving.
Instead of waxing this piece (which, let’s face it, would have been a workout) I top-coated it with Dixie Belle’s Black Glaze. That couldn’t have been easier to apply using a foam brush.
I also painted the back of the bench this time. Since it’s lower, it could conceivably be used at a dining table, in which case the back needs to be painted.
This time the pillow shown in the photos won’t be included with the purchase. I have a pair of these pillows that I think I purchased from Restoration Hardware, or maybe it was Pottery Barn, several years ago and they are my favorites.
The boots won’t be included either 😉
I just picked those up at DSW last week and honestly I’m not even sure yet if I’m keeping them myself, but clearly I’m going to need some boots this winter if this weather keeps up. I need to try them on again with some heavier socks to see if they really are going to work. But when you wear a size 11 shoe, you pick stuff up when you see it because they’ll be gone the next time you go back. So you buy them first, and then think about them later.
But I digress.
How do you like the bench?
It’s pretty sweet right?
If any of you locals could use a black bench for your foyer, mud room or possibly even your dining room, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.
Many thanks to Dixie Belle for sponsoring this project by providing the paint and glaze. As always, although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.