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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Painted Garden Bench

This morning I finished sanding one bench that "Mr. Wild" made for me last month.

I copied an old farm bench we picked up at a barn sale in South Dakota about 15 years ago.
I wanted that weathered look like my old bench so I painted the bench with Valspar flat gray.
I rubbed candle wax in different areas where the paint would naturally wear.

I then painted it with Valspar flat pastel base (white)
After it was good and dry I started to sand. It was easy to remove the white paint and expose the gray and give it that worn and weathered look.

I chose the flat paint thinking that as time went on it will weather even more. I also did not seal it after sanding so that hopefully it will turn into that old farm look.

And here is a picture from the original post.
This was the first time I've used candle wax.
I could have used more wax and now I see where I could have rubbed it on a little more heavily. I'm starting on the large bench using the same treatment.
Thanks for stopping and please check out these parties....

Linking to:
My Romantic Home for Painted Furniture Party
Faded Charm for White Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Homemaker on a Dime for Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop


Ido said...

Beautiful bench, and I'm so in love with that little old blue tricycle!

Connie said...

It looks terrific! I, too, noticed the little blue tricycle! Great arrangements.

Honey at 2805 said...

That little tricycle is too cute! Nice bench that hubby built for you!

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Miss Char said...

Love it all! What a darling setting and that bench could be used for so many different places. Thanks for sharing.

Okio B Designs said...

What a beauty! Nicely done! Coming over from Faded Charm and a happy new follower!


Lesley Litrento said...

Wonderful bench. Your thumbnail image at the party is genius! Had to check out the bench because of it. Makes me smile.:)

Linda Anne Young said...

I like the new "old " bench hubby made! I just had to throw out a really old one that wouldn't stand on it's rotten termite-tunneled legs! I'll have to find another one. I love your other vaintage things too! I enjoyed your blog and just joined! Blessings! Linda

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Love the benches, your entire Porch Vignette is Wonderful... I would have never thought of stacking the rocks, Such Detail!

Corine said...

It looks great!! I love all your decor on your porch!

Pam said...

Cute benches. I've been wanting to make a similar one for my flower bed this year, but never got around to it. Thanks for the candle tip. I've used vaseline before, but only with spray paint.

Sherry said...

This is great. I haven't tried that trick with wax but, I plan to. That looks really nice. Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

A great design, and I love the paint technique! the cabinet on top is just amazing! thanks for sharing on VIF, xo Debra

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Faye! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Btw, I also have a blog party called Market Your Biz and Giveaways every Tuesday at 5 pm. Please feel free to link up your etsy or giveaways :)

Barbara Jean said...


OOPS.all caps. sorry

thanks for coming by. You should get that old egg crate out and enjoy it! =)


Alison @ OhMyVera! said...

This would look so great on my parents porch!

Barbara Jean said...

thanks for the further explanation of how you painted the bench.
Also, I did not mention in my last comment how much I love that little shabby wood cabinet you have on your bench. Perfect combo.

barbara jean

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)