I picked up this rather non-descript pair of benches at the Bryn Mawr sales earlier this month.
They were literally the first thing I saw as I stepped out of the car. I think I was a little over-excited at the prospect of returning neighborhood sales when I snatched these up. They really weren’t anything special. They certainly aren’t vintage.
They are pretty sturdy though. So after I gave them a good cleaning, I hoped I could give them each a new personality with a little paint and some transfers.
I painted the first one in Dixie Belle’s Kudzu.
I added the I.O.D. Rose Chintz paint inlay to the shelf underneath.
And then I added the Fresh Cut Flowers stencil from The Stencil Market to the top.
It was a perfect fit.
I followed all of that up with some sanding to distress the edges, and then a couple of coats of Dixie Belle’s flat clear coat.
I painted the 2nd bench in my favorite warm white, Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.
I covered the shelf underneath in a black and white gingham transfer from re.design with prima.
Then I added a portion of their French Specialties transfer to the top of the bench.
Once again, I finished it off with a couple coats of DB’s flat clear coat.
As a sidebar, I took all of the photos for this post yesterday morning, and then yesterday afternoon this happened …
That white stuff? It’s hail.
We had a massive hail storm. It sounded like rocks were being dropped from the sky. And really, they may as well be rocks … except they melt eventually. Many of my hostas were totally shredded.
Just when they were starting to look really fabulous.
I have to steel my nerves to head out there this morning, survey the damage, and start the clean up. But, on the bright side, I have lots of time to spend in the garden this summer. Looks like I’m gonna need it.
So anyway, two somewhat different looks for a pair of formerly matching benches.
Which one do you prefer?
If any of you locals are in need of a small but sturdy bench, both of these are for sale. Check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.
Thank you to Dixie Belle Paint Co for supplying the paint and clear coat used on the benches.