My sister-in-law bought a house and this little bench was outside on the front porch in the elements (for who know how long? a long time from the looks of the poor thing). Any way she asked me if I wanted it, heck yeah I do!! She tought I shold replace the seat, but I liked the character of the large crack and the way it bends up to fit the little bums that will be sitting on it, so it stayed.
BeforeThis thing neededsome work and fast! I was going to paint it white after a bit of sanding but chose to stain it dark.
I used a belt sander to strip it down to the bare wood the detail on the back piece was a pain. Stained it with MINWAX Walnut gel stain, and MINWAX Finnishing Wax for protection.
I used a hammer and some screws to dent up the whole bench, to give it a worn old look, it turned out nicely. Here it is all finnished I am glad I stained it and not painted it white.
I am glad you stained it too. it looks really beautiful! Worth all of that hard work. :)ReplyDelete
It looks great! Good job!ReplyDelete
You did a great job, it looks so much better now!ReplyDelete
STunning! I love it! Also, thanks for linking up to the "about you" linky :)ReplyDelete
I love it! It looks so much better now! Cool!ReplyDelete
I'm glad you stained it dark too! Such a pretty contrast with your wall, and pillow. Awesome work! It turned out DARLING! :)ReplyDelete
it looks so much better! i love it darker- it was pretty worn and too golden-y before. great update!ReplyDelete
great job on the bench, it really looks good!
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Looks great now! I think you made the right choice staining it dark!ReplyDelete
I looks GREAT! I better come over and check out H's place to see if there are any more hidden treasures! :-)hehehehe!ReplyDelete
OH and you totally need to get your moms sewing machine!
it looks so different and updatedReplyDelete
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Rasha @ mychampagnetaste
I have that bench!! It comes with a second matching but longer bench, a corner seat and a dining table. We're in the process of sanding it and painting it white and putting it in our kitchen as a breakfast nook. This makes me want to stain it though instead. =)ReplyDelete
I would never have imagined that the before could become after...I probably would have just painted it and never even try to stain (which looks awesome, btw) The first thing I thought after seeing the after was whether your sister-in-law wants it back now :)ReplyDelete
Wow, I have this exact same bench! I rescued it from a friend who was going to toss it out since the seat had snapped down the grain. My woodworking dad fixed it up sound, but it's still been regulated to a barn bench since I have no love for pine. At least it makes a handy place to toss smaller grooming equipment!ReplyDelete
Love it - reminds me of a church pew!ReplyDelete
Your little bench turned out beautifully. I have a few items I am using gel stain on right now as well. I am not sure I am in love with the gel stain, how did you like working with it?ReplyDelete
Wow the stain looks amazing on this! It's such a cute bench, nice work!ReplyDelete