Monday, March 21, 2011

Potting Bench Gets A Makeover

I think you will really like this makeover.

Do you remember last year when I talked myself out of repainting my potting bench that my husband made for me about 7 or 8 years ago?  (With a hand saw I might add.)  You can read about it here.  I was going to do it in an off white and I just couldn’t.  I am glad I didn’t because I don’t think I would have liked it.

Well yesterday was gorgeous and before I could even think about it I grabbed a bottle of Folkart craft paint in basil green and started dry brushing the bench doors.  And then I used my new wax in dark brown to deepen the color.

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Then I thought what the heck and decided to use the wax on the whole darn bench.  Yep I got carried away, but I think it worked to my advantage.  I will see what you all think. 

Here is what it looked like before I painted it yesterday.

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And here is what it looks like now. 

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Ok so I know just cleaning it up would have been a big improvement, but I love the paint job and the fact I got rid of all that orangey paint especially on the doors.

Here is the side of it painted and partially waxed.

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And here is the top of the bench showing an unwaxed area.

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Pretty magical stuff huh?

Did you notice a little extra something? 

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Yep peg board.  Getting this peg board cut at Home Depot was so hard.  The customer service yesterday was so bad, but it was worth it.  I really love it on the bench.

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My husband accidentally slid it in backwards and I liked the back better than the stark white front.  So that’s how it was screwed onto the bench. 

I might stencil something on it, but I haven’t decided yet.

How about another look at the completed bench.

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Was it worth spending a gorgeous Sunday painting and waxing?  You betcha!

What do you think?

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Linking to

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

DIY Project Parade @ The DIY Showoff

Take a Risk Day @ Nesting Place

Get Your Craft On @ Today’s Creative Blog

Piece of Work Wednesday @ Primitive and Proper

Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking

Show and Tell @ My Romantic Home

Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed’s Creations

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64 comments:

  1. it looks beautiful!!! i love its new color and finish!

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  2. The wax sure did the trick. I have never tried it, I will have to find me some. Great post:)

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  3. It looks gorgeous...I am making one this weekend!

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  4. It looks great! That shade of green you use is so pretty! And the wax really made the wood so rich and lovely!

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  5. WOW!! Now that is GREAT!! You have completely sold me on that BriWax! What a difference!! What a great potting bench, too. I am totally jealous right now. :)

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  6. This looks so good...almost too good to be a potting bench! Glad you had a nice day and what a feeling of accomplishment. Way to go! ~Ann

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  7. Tracy it looks beautiful!! I love the paint color and that wax is terrific, I am going to have to find me some of that! Beautiful Job! Martina

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  8. Oh I love it! I see you are loving that Briwax too. It really is great stuff. My family thinks it smells but I sort of like the smell. It really made the wood a lot richer looking. I think I picked mine up at Ace in case anyone was looking for it.

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  9. WONDERFUL! I love the new color, and the wax took it right over the top. What a talented husband you have, too!

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  10. Wow! That doesn't even look like the same piece of furniture. Well done!

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  11. Tracy,I have always loved your potting bench!

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  12. That looks incredible! I talk myself out of things all the time, but I'm so glad you went through with this. I love how the basil green ties in with the earthiness and function of the piece. It's gorgeous!

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  13. I love this it looks great! so glad you didn't do the white. I'm showing this to my husband:0) stopped by from Nesting Place. I will be back!

    Penny

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  14. Beautiful. And that's pure love if your husband made all of that with a hand saw!

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  15. It looks lovely...You and hubby did a great job on this piece.

    blessings Kelsie

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  16. Huge transformation, Tracy! It looks 100 times better. You were able to keep the integrity of the wood and make it beautiful! Great job! You really have an eye!

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  17. Love the green, seeing so much of it around blogland, really looks great with the pegboard!

    Rondell

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  18. What a difference! It was a pretty bench before, but now it's a WOW bench :)

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  19. OMGsh your hubby made that?? I love it! I need one!

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  20. i think it looks great. I really need to get some of that wax!

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  21. Your potting bench looks GREAT Tracy!

    Enjoy your day,
    Gail

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  22. Wonderful potting bench and the paint job...perfect!

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  23. I really love the green on it, and the wax worked great too. Nice job Tracy!

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  24. I can't decide which is sweeter- the lovely transformation you created or the fact that your husband made that bench for you! Both are wonderful!

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  25. That is a beautiful potting bench to start with and your painting and wax job make this one gorgeous piece of furniture. I am so wanting a potting bench now!

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  26. Oh, I LoVE this. I want to make one. Come and see what I do at fineandhandy.blogspot.com

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  27. coming over from Nesting Place Risk Day. . can't wait to look around. . but I love the potting bench. . do tell exactly what kind of wax you used and color or it. . I so want to try it out!!

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  28. amazing job, it's functional and beautiful!

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  29. Looks great, definitely a big improvement. Nice job.

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  30. Tracy, I love it! The green is gorgeous and the wax finish amazing. You are so talented! I like the pegboard better this way too. Looks like a totally different piece. You're going to really enjoy it!

    xo
    Pat

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  31. Wow! I want this in my house. In fact I can imagine exactly where I would put it!! You make me want to go paint something! Thanks for inspiring!

    ~Alison

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  32. wow!! Much of an improvement! I am wanting one of these now :)

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  33. That is absolutely GORGEOUS! I want one. :~)

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  34. Is your husband taking orders for these? I would love to have something like that. And I do like it better now that you've painted and waxed it.

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  35. Perfect color for it. Perfect amount of color on it. Love the wood. LOVE it. Nice job to both you and the hubby! -keeley

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  36. This looks gorgeous Tracy. It looks like something right out of the pages of Frontgate.

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  37. I really love this Tracy, it's a beautiful makeover.I've featured this on Craft Gossip. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/potting-bench-makeover/

    Thanks for inspiration!

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  38. Your husband did a great job building this gorgeous bench, and you did a great job on the finish. I love the after. way to go!

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  39. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! What a team you make. Wish it was mine.
    Autumn - www.asunflowerseed.com

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  40. I canNOT believe it! I love it! Great job....you are so inspiring in so many ways! Love, Me

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  41. Oh I love this and would love to have one like it!
    If you have a minute I'd so love for you to link up to All Things Inspired! xo
    (Linky Here!)
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  42. Tracy that turned out beautiful!! I love the green and the wax made it look so rich. The peg board looks great and I like that side as well. :)
    Do you know if the wax holds up to weather? Now my wheels are turning for some tables that I have that go on our deck?

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  43. This turned out great...oh how I wish I had a potting bench like that. I love the way you painted it.

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  44. I think your make-over turned out fantastic. I agree the green toned down the orange, and the peg-board is just what the back needed to fill in that spot and make a good place to hang tools. Now I have some serious potting bench envy.

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  45. I am loving that!! It looks so awesome!! Sitting here with the hubby begging him to make me one :-)

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  46. I love it! And the peg board was a nice touch.

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  47. thats a dream!i love it! and the wax is wonderful!

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  48. Wow, great transformation! I've been wanting to try the dark brown wax, thanks for showing the comparison. Glad I found your blog! I'll be following from the nest eclectic.
    Jodie

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  49. Tracy! This is so amazing! Oh my gosh I'd LOVE to have a potting table like this! I'd like one period, but I really want one like THIS! :) It's gorgeous. Such a great spot for it too...

    Donna

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  50. This is awesome, I so want my hubby to build me one! Terrific job.

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  51. I wish I had this! You did a great transformation and your husband is very creative as well. I'm starting my first link party tomorrow and I'd be honored if you would link this up! http://www.mysimplehomelife.com

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  52. I LOVE this! I want one BADLY! I LOVE your blog!
    I would LOVE to have you link up to my PARTY! WHASSUP WEDNESDAY!!

    And I have a party button you can grab and put on your blog so your friends can come too:)




    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  53. I want one! So absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I have serious bench envy. I've always wanted one for the yard and this makes me want to get to it and build one. It's amazing looking. The new color really makes it though.
    Lisa

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  55. It's gorgeous!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  56. Oh I love it! I am putting Briwax on my "to buy" list. The richness of the wood is so pretty, and I love the green front. Great job!

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  57. This is gorgeous I would love the dimensions, if at all possible. My dad is a retired carpentar and I really think he could make something similiar and try and resale them for extra money. Thank you!
    Peggy Courtney
    www.tuscanyaccents.com

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  58. absolutely gorgeous. You and your hubby did a fantastic job. I pinned it to show my husband and put it on my wish list. One of the nicest I have seen. My husband is also very handy. we built our own home. he built our hutch styled bathroom vanity i posted about.
    http://www.tammyinwv.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-love-my-homemade-country-style.html

    Tammy

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  59. I Absolutely love this Potting Bench. Currently working on building one of my own! I'm going to bookmark this for some inspiration! Thanks so much!
    www.mypendinglife.blogspot.com

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