Saturday, June 29, 2013 bench....

Hi Everyone!  I've been busy building and painting furniture.  I'm trying to get a nice assortment of items in the Studio for some guests that will be stopping by to check it out..a mini Open House.  I tried something different with this piece.
 I built this out of a 1x12" and a 1x4".  I was busy building and didn't stop to take pictures...bad blogger!  I've made lots of these benches and everyone of them is different.  I've been experimenting with the look of the leg and I think this is my favorite...a little curvy detail at the base of the leg.
 Once the bench was built and sanded, I stained it with a custom mix stain that I didn't want to look perfect or like it was recently stained.  In other words I wanted age to it.
 Once it was dry, I painted it with black satin latex primer.  And then sanded the heck out of it.
 I wanted it to look like it was old and chippy....where the paint would have rubbed off naturally. 
I left just a few bits of black paint on the seat, mainly by the ends.  I can't decide if I like it or if I should sand the rest of the black off and start over.  What do you think?  It would work great on a front porch or mud room with baskets underneath it or at a kitchen table.  Now I need to get to work.  The weather is going to be great for working out in the shop today.  I hope you are doing something you love to do this weekend.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. You know what bench I'm waiting to see done......


  2. I think you did a great job of making this look "authentically" old!

  3. I think it's perfect as it is Holly, love the very chippy shabby look, as Korrie says, it makes it look authentic.
    Loving the black too, I really want to paint something black !

  4. I think it looks naturally old, which is a good thing. You can always change it up later. :)
    You KNOW what I was doing over the weekend.


  5. I love the old worn look!! I would love for you to come link up to my Paint Party Starting Tomorrow after 6pm!!

    Hope to see you there,


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  7. Hi, I came over from The Paint Party. Love the bench! I'm a new follower. You have some great things.
    Faye @

  8. Beautiful bench! I love the old chippy look. Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Very nice ! Can you tell me where the nail/screws are ? I love that i can't see them !

    thank you !


  10. I love this bench it is beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up at Start at Home's Paint Party!

    Start at Home