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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Trash to Treasured Bench!

Many, many, months ago I jumped into my mini van with my little girl armed with a few bucks to see if I could find anything to catch my eye. I was looking for things to put in my home, cheap things that people didn’t want anymore but that would amazing in my home. All of a sudden something caught my eye. It wasn’t much to look at, it was ugly, ugly, ugly. It had chipping paint everywhere(notice the specks in the picture below). It was trash at first sight but I knew it had potential! It was sturdy and only $5 bucks! 

After loading it up and bringing it home my husband wasn’t as thrilled as I was, he only saw trash ;(. It sat in the garage for many months. It never got around to being the beauty I wanted it to be so right before we moved we settled on selling it in a yard sale ;( but, we forgot to put it in the yard so it remained. 

Days before our big move across state I was able to finally purchase my first ever Chalk Paint by Anne Sloan!!! Even though I was so busy with the move I was able to paint most of the bench before we moved because the dry time is seriously 30 minutes! This bench was completely experimental! I did nothing to this bench except wipe it clean. It was literally chipping, peeling and rough. I did not sand it or prime it. All I did was turn on some Andrew Peterson and slap paint on it and two coats later plus some wax for protection and she is trasnformed! 

Before pictures:

Transformed Bench

They kind of look like two different colors but I promise they are not! The lighting was a little different due to the iPad pic verses the ‘real’ camera pic! The color I used is Old White and Duck Egg the bottom picture is truer to color. The top of the bench is old white and duck egg the bottom of the bench is only duck egg. 

Just in case you use Chalk Paint and are interested:

Top of Bench.
2 coats of Old White
2 coats of Duck Egg.
 sand block to make a vintage look (that’s why you can see the white peeking through)

Legs and bottom of bench
2 coats of Duck Egg.

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  1. Love it!

  2. That is gorgeous!

  3. It looks great! I love trash-to-treasure projects.

  4. Love it. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing you inspire.

  5. Alana of Domestic Bliss DiariesOctober 10, 2012 at 5:31 AM

    You did a great job! It's looks beautiful! Love all the accessories you placed on top of it, too. 😉

  6. This gives me hope for a few projects of trash I saw treasure in and haven't gotten to yet. Thanks for sharing. Very cute.

  7. Kathy Shea MorminoOctober 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Hello, new follower here! I would love to have you link up with my Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!


    I hope to see you there!



    The Chicken Chick

  8. A true treasure now – hope your husband now agrees you have the eye for a good diamond in the rough!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  9. I love this bench. You did an amazing job. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  10. Between Blue and YellowOctober 12, 2012 at 6:03 AM

    Very cute, i love that color!

  11. What a pretty transformation! ASCP Duck Egg Blue is one of my favorites, even though I have not ever used her paint. The bench was a great find for $5 – totally worth the wait!!

  12. beautiful! I really, really, LOVE the color too. I found you on WLW linkup, drop by http://abundantjoy04.blogspot.com/
    God Bless!

  13. Cassie @ Primitive & ProperOctober 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    super cute! love the shape of that bench and love the color!