Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Frenchy Bench

I got this table thingy when I picked up my Frenchy Hutch seen here. I wasn't quite sure what it was! Not tall enough to be a buffet, not quite a coffee table. The lady I bought the hutch from gave it to me, she said that it sort of matched the hutch. I don't think she knew what it was either!





But FREE is my love language, so I didn't say no.




I decided it should be a bench. 

I trimmed off the bottom inch of the legs and gave it a base coat of ASCP in Primer Red. I didn't paint the top because it was going to be covered.

 Primer Red starts out frighteningly pink!


Next, I painted it Graphite as the top coat. When it was dry, I lightly spritzed it with water and wiped off a little of the Graphite to expose the Primer Red underneath. This method of distressing shows the base color and not the wood. A light sanding and then dark wax before clear to darken it. 


The top screwed off inside and I trimmed some memory foam to fit. Then I covered it with batting and fabric then stapled  it to the underside where it would be hidden inside the bench. I buy my memory foam as mattresses from a discount outlet. I call it the Crap Store. They have all kinds of ridiculousness there. I feel right at home.




It is sitting with a chalkboard coat rack that was made out of a broken footboard. I wish I had the right place for this combo. It sure was purty :-)
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15 comments:

  1. I love it! What a great find, I haven't yet tried using one ASCP color under another. I love the result you achieved. I am so inspired!

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  2. You just keep coming up with the coolest projects! And your love language comment made me smile- I think free might be mine as well. :)

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  3. GENIUS! Will you move to Virgina and be my best friend? Your comment, "They have all kinds of ridiculousness there." made me laugh out loud! Thanks.

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  4. What a gorgeous combination! That red and white fabric finishes it off perfectly.

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  5. I LOVE it! Love your creativity AND your humor! Beautiful piece!!

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  6. DARLING bench!! Very clever post and nice piece!

    Smiles from Miss Mustard Seed's linky party,
    Suzanne at WhyCuzICan in NW Illinois

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  7. Very nicely done:)Thanks ,Deidre~

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  8. I love it! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  9. I love the combination of the two. You won't see that at Pottery Barn.

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  10. that was such a great marriage of pieces! it looks awesome!

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  11. You create the most amazing pieces! Love it!

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  12. OMGoodness Chrystal I love this paint treatment! I have a china cabinet that's just waiting for a make-over and I think you have just inspired me! I love your blog and really have enjoyed my visit. I am now one of your newest followers.

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  13. where is your pieces sold? love the cabinet with shelves, 2 small drawers and what looks like a window used 4 a door. do this too but always love everyone elses. great works, ideas and solving problems.

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