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The Bench is DONE! Before & After Pics

Finally, the little bench that was a big headache is done. And the hiccups experienced along the way feel so worth it, now that I look at the pretty thing she has become. It’s a gratifying feeling, to know I DID this! From a plush, new cushioned seat to a paint transformation – my new bench looks shabby chic and romantic. I love it!

Remember what it looked like originally? Well, just in case you didn’t catch the first post about tearing out the cushion here’s a link to read that post, and the BEFORE photo….

And here is Miss Lovely is now…

Look at those curves!

Have I gotten her from every angle? Here you can see the three simple tufts in the cushion.

And there’s the little pillow I made from the Waverly garden collection of fabrics. See the curtain? That floral pattern is from this collection too – I found it just yesterday at a consignment shop! 

Even Charlotte had to get in on the picture-taking action. Doesn’t she look pretty?

And not to be outdone by the dog, Saxon posed for a pic too!
I left the back open because putting another cushion up there would have required work I wasn’t really willing to do, and frankly, I like seeing the open lines. It looks more contemporary now.

For those interested in the recipe for the paint makeover – I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Two coats of Old White followed by clear wax. Then I distressed with fine sandpaper, and gave it a patina with a coat of dark wax.

I had considered selling this bench. Now I think she’s a keeper. I’ll be moving it around my home, looking for a permanent place to settle her in.

I’ve started working on another little bench. It is a much simpler project and should take another day or so to complete. Keep watching!

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