Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The French Bench

Just like you, 
I've seen beds turned into benches on Pinterest.
So when these lovelies appeared 
at a local thrift store, it was time to build.

Ultimately, the benches would be for sale 
in a local shop.
This was new territory for me,
and I admit that I was curious to see 
what interest the benches might draw.  

My husband quickly caught on to the idea 
of changing a bed into a bench
and took over construction.
There's nothing he can't do!

I'll come back on the scene when it's time to paint.

Because the benches have a cottage-y design,
they begged for shabby paint and French lettering.

 You'll find lots of French lettering for inspiration
at the 
Graphics Fairy.

This one appealed to me because it reads:  
 " Furnished house with large
apartments and comfortable rooms".

I'd like to think this bench would find itself 
in a house with large, comfortable rooms.

Even though the benches would be white, 
I first painted them BLACK
so that some color
would show when I sanded them. 
If you look closely, you'll see some of the 
under painting peeking through.

And here's another Paint Tip:

White furniture can look too "fresh and clean".
To create a vintage appearance,
brush on a dark brown glaze --
then wipe most of it off with a rag.
You'll get a soft, subtle effect. 

Here's a taste of what you'll see at 

If you're ever near Milford, Michigan, 
plan to visit the shop and enjoy the wonderful
re-purposed, antique and cleverly made items.
It's a visual vacation!


P.S. We were excited to hear that both benches 
sold within a week!

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