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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Bench Makeover: Elegant Country Style

Country Style Bench Redo

Furniture at yard sales can be so exciting. When I saw this oak bench, I quickly snagged it up. But the price was a bit crazy. So I haggled and got it for slightly less. Eh, win some cheap finds and pay a bit more for others always balances out in the end. 

It's an ugly duckling! Knowing what style I was redoing it in, just made me smile all the way home. I thought I'd make it more elegant. And that's a good thing because this month's theme for the Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest ™ is "Pure Colors, Original Elegance". And get this: it's sponsored by Pure & Original Paint USA with luxury paints imported from the Netherlands! 

I was thrilled to choose a color for my bench! Every participant was supplied, free of charge, up to 2 colors/quarts of this amazing paint in the "Classico" line. 

I chose "Fondant". But oops... I thought it was much darker, and perhaps my pc screen didn't show it properly. It arrived more of a chocolate brown and it really didn't go with my fabric. 

That was not a problem! I tinted it and wow!!! The super deep color and the way the paint just glided on was a real joy! It dried quickly and hard. NO flaking off and when I distressed the bench, I had to really add some pressure with sandpaper. That's impressive. (Hmmm... note to self... remember this for the bathroom cabinets!)

I wasn't even upset over painting 12 spindles (they aren't fun).  The paint didn't ooze all over the place. Ha! Now I just might grow to specialize in spindles with this miracle paint!

Once I painted the bench, and distressed the edges, I added natural wax for more durability.  Then I upholstered new cushioned seats with a horse blanket. 

Well, I wasn't horsing around, I was serious about this Elegant Country Style! 

Check it out now! It's exactly the look I was going for. Blanket plaid and super satiny sleek paint. My own Ralph Lauren style, ey? 


After I attached the cushion seats onto the bench, I set up a spot for it. 

Isn't it handsome now? 

The paint is amazing. 

Gorgeous colors, made of natural minerals, chalk and water.

I couldn't be happier with the finished piece. 

The ugly reminder and the new fashion statement. (wink!!)

So, back to the details of The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest!

Our April Sponsor is 

with the theme "Pure Colors, Original Elegance".

The contest hosts are 

Evey at Evey's Creations 
Stacy at Anastasia Vintage (Featured this month)

The contest co-hosts are 

Lynn at On Fern Avenue  
Carrie at Thirty Eighth Street (Featured this month)

Evey | Stacy | Lynn | Colleen

I can't wait  to see all of the gorgeous pieces created by everyone; including our hostesses! 

The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest is open only to the entrants who have signed up through the group Facebook page. If you are an active, furniture flippin' blogger, and you'd like to participate in future contests, please contact the hosts at to find out how!

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