Monday, February 20, 2012

Garden Bench Makeover

It took me a while (see my January post here) but I finally got around to it!

The bench as you see it below sat outside for many seasons and each year when I brought it in for the winter I would tell myself that before I brought it back out in the spring I was going to refinish it to protect it from the elements.



So I gave it two coats of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Pure White...

I then spot distressed it and gave it a coat of Annie Sloan's Clear Soft Wax

It came out so pretty that I decided to dress it up a bit with some cushions and throw pillows.
I doubt she'll ever see the light of day again :)

31 comments:

Sandi said...

I love it Diane!! I would keep it inside now too! Great job!
Blessings~

JoAnne Weisser said...

Beautiful bench, Diane! You dressed it up very nicely. I have one of those same pillows on my bed ~ I think they're just so pretty with the little ruffles!

Bente said...

Oh, that is the most beautiful bench I have seen. Lucky you.

Hugs Bente

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is so pretty, Diane! I love it with the cushions and pillows, too! I'd keep that inside, too.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

OMGosh! That turned out beautifully! I love the pillows you added, they look amazing. It will look great indoors or out under a covered porch for protection. I wish I had one like that!

~Shanon

Paint Me White said...

Diane you did a great job and dressed it perfectly. Sandy x

Rebecca said...

I love it! LOVE IT! I absolutely would keep it inside, too! What a beauty my friend. Thanks for sharing!

xo~Rebecca

michelle said...

Diane she is beautiful, I love the white and the cushions and pillows! I don't blame you for keeping her inside. :)
xo

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Miracles! The bench is gorgeous. And so are those sweet ruffly cushions!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Very pretty~I haven't seen the pure white ASCP yet. It is a real white instead of the cream. love the pillows too!

beachcomber said...

an interesting bench.. looks amazing with the pillows!!
x

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful!!! Love it...

Just signed up as a linky follower!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Oh my goodness--I love this!! Are those seat cushions the ones from Ikea? Good idea to put 3 together to fit the bench. I love a pretty bench and this one is gorgeous.

Tracy said...

Love the bench!

A Cottage Muse said...

She is a beauty!
I finally got some AS paint, wish me luck!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

STUNNING! Must get some of that paint!

Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Simply gorgeous! As is everything u do....I love the paint in pure white, and the bench looks so much better..U will have to share more about those pretty pillows on it too :-)

Through The Garden Gate said...

LOVE IT!!!! You did a BEAUTIFUL job!!

Ana said...

She turned out beautiful! I would definitely be keeping her inside too. Sweet.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh this sooo gorgeous! I have to beg you please to link it to WIW, I'd love to show it off! And I don't blame you, that should NEVER go outside again! Hope you can join us!
Hugs,
Patti

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I also love it with the cushions and pillows, I'd keep that inside, too.
You did a Beautiful job with the paint so sweet. I hope you and your family have a wonderful week.
XXOO Diane
This was my first time on your Blog and I will come back.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Very nice restyle.....I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks so much for linking it, Diane. It's just gorgeous!
Hugs,
Patti

Revi said...

MMMMMM. YUMMY as vanilla ice cream!
-Revi

Rebecca said...

Eeek...just had to come over a droll over this AGAIN! You KNOW I love it! YUmmmmmMEEEEE!

xoRebecca

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Love it ... cushions rock!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh it turned out so beautifully!! Love how it looks with the cushions.

Faded Charm said...

I love the detail on this bench and it looks so inviting with all the pretty pillows:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

W. Latane Barton said...

That bench is just beautiful. Love, love, love it.

Linda said...

Oh, what a beauty, beauty, beauty! I am in looove...LOL
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Daisy Rogers said...

Your designing work for cushions for floor and as well as for garden bench is really adorable. I will also make over my garden bench as you did.
Thanks!!!