2.01.2011

Cutesy-Country to Ooh-la-la! A Bench Makeover~

A while ago I showed you this bench. My dad made it for me back in the late 80's or early 90's. I was big into the country look at that point, so I asked him to put that oh-so-cute heart cutout in the back.
Fast forward 20 years (yikes...am I really that old?) and I'm not so into the country look anymore. But the bench is sentimental... and I wanted to use it.

So here's what I did.

First, I painted it a fab aqua. (Milk Pail by Marth Stewart).

But darn it! There's still that cutesy heart cut out.

Then I remembered this wall hanging/plaster-plaque-replica-thingy (that's the technical term) I had in my decor stash. And it was just the right size to cover that heart cutout. So I painted it out in Milk Pail as well.


Then I performed a bench to plaster-plaque marriage ceremony which consisted of attaching the plaque to the bench with a couple of wood-screws (it already had hanging holes on its back.) Just hung it on there and VOILA!


A French-ish beauty of bench!


This pretty little bench will be sitting under the silhouettes I shared yesterday. Anyone guess yet what that area is going to be?


Linking up....

The Lettered Cottage

Have a great day~

35 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

That is a really pretty color and a great solution for an out-dated country look! French is definitely better!

lisaroyhandbags said...

What a great idea! it really updates it from that dated country heart look (I knew it well!). Love the colour too!
just found your blog and it's great :)

Jaime said...

Problem solved and looks great to boot. Not to be a Debbie Downer but how does it feel on your back? Doesn't matter too much, we women always sacrifice style for function with everything! (Shoes anyone.) The bench is usually a quick sit or for bags and such, your scrolly is the perfect cover up.

MoniCue said...

Mud room!

Angeline said...

oooh, GREAT idea! What a great way to update a common "country" style! Super job!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG What a difference! Love the color!
*hugs*deb

Jill@Barnes Yard said...

Oooohhh, LOVE, love, love! I need some of that color in my house!

Leslie said...

That is seriously beautiful. Good job. I have a baby crib that my grandfather made me for my american doll with that cutesy heart and I hate it now so I might have to tackle the bed and make it look a little different!

Mrs Lemon said...

Incredible! Great job!

MARY said...

I wouldn't have thought to cover up the heart cut out, just would have walked on by if I'd seen it! Great idea! I love the way it turned out. Would look awesome at the foot of my bed, too.

Phredfamily said...

Mud room or maybe laundry?

Heather @ REOlisticRenovation said...

That is really an amazing transformation! It looks like a totally different piece of furniture. We are shopping for a bench for our entry way. Now I have ideas...

One Thrifty Chick said...

I love the bench, it is gorgeous! And no one else has guessed this, but is it going to be a time out spot?? : )

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

That applique just makes it! That color is great too...bye, bye little heart! What a great idea, I always find stuff w/ the heart cut out and put it down, not anymore!

ificould said...

So adorable!!! I LOVE how that turned out - the color is amazing and you are so clever to think of attaching the plaster-thing :)
Missy
ificould-ificould.blogspot.com

A Vintage Vine said...

Great color! That is so different looking!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

GREAT JOB... LOVE THE COLOR

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Oooh girlfriend! Such a great idea to use the fancy wood cutout thingy (that's the technical term) to cover the heart! love it!

Libby said...

That is an ingenious idea! Love the color.

Angie said...

Love it, I was thinking time out spot too!! Oh, moms of little ones :)

Holly said...

Oh it's darling,... and you are making me feel really guilty because I got rid of my "sentimental" bench. Don't tell 'the source'. :(

I am lovin the aqua!!!

Tanya said...

This looks absolutely perfect. What a great solution. You're a furniture-fixer-upper-genius!

Atelier de Charo said...

Love it! So pretty color!

Hugs
Charo

Kelly said...

So cute! I love the color, and I think the wooden embellishments adds the perfect pop!

Kelly

Cap Creations said...

Lovely!

Sorta Fairytale Girl said...

such a great makeover...love that blue color!! never would have thought to cover the heart up - genius!

The Crafty Hen said...

I really enjoy your blog!

I have two "country" style shelves/pegboards in my laundry room that are so out of date, but I use them every time I hang up laundry. We are about to redo that room and your great idea just inspired me to recycle them! Thanks!!

Vintage Gal said...

The bench turned out FABULOUS~ wow ;-)

The Starr Family said...

Yay for ingenuity! It looks fantastic, perfect vintage vibe!

Benn's Wife said...

That was a great idea and it turned out so nice!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

I think everyone had something wooden with a heart cutout back in the day. haha! I love the bench now...fabulous!!!

Shannon said...

Oh I so know the feeling...we updated our heart coffee table late last year too. http://akadesign.ca/?p=1911
Shannon
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Krafty Kat said...

Love this transformation! I was wondering what you were going to do about that heart cut-out! Brilliant!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Just LOVE her makeover...hop over and show her off at my party...hope to see ya there:)

Blessings,
Linda

BeingBrook said...

Beautiful! Love the color.