Adopt a Bench

I adopted a bench. It was homeless and needed a home that would show a little TLC. My foyer was empty and feeling neglected too, so, Mr. Cozi and I bought it from a nice man at the 181 Flea Market here in Fairhope and brought it home.

Painting a Bench

Although it was a happy purchase, it looked a little dark and dreary in it’s new home, so I decided to give it a little attention to cheer us all up. Here’s a sneak peak of how it turned out…

Adopt a Bench

Here are a few before pictures:

The tender loving care included removing the glued-on trim, removing the upholstery, painting, waxing and then reupholstering with a nail head trim. It took a few days, but I am very pleased with the results.

  1. I used a steamer to soften the glue and remove the trim. This was actually the easiest part of the job.
  2. Then I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of Amy Howard Chalk-paint in Chelsea and used a dark wax.
  3. I added the upholstery and attached the nail heads. (Sorry, I forgot to get pictures of this process, but it was fairly easy.) I used the nail heads that were on a roll and just had to add nails at 4 space intervals.

Bench 16a

Doesn’t it look so much cheerier?

Bench 14a

Bench 12a

It is now a welcoming piece to come home to and helps define my entrance.


Foyer Definition

We have an open floor plan and there was no place for furniture in the foyer… Until I adopted a bench.

21 thoughts on “Adopt a Bench

  1. Hi Kim, I just dropped in to check on you~ love the bench, Wow, great makeover! I’ sorry you’ve been so so busy! I hope it’s mostly been busy good! I will be in Orange Beach the first 2 weeks of May so I hope to catch some of the bloggers if they meet~any chance you’ll be around?

  2. Oh yes, I like it much better now! It would have never caught my attention in the state it was before. However, your transformation would have stopped me in my tracks. Beautiful, beautiful!!

  3. Love, love, love! What a great makeover, and it’s perfect for your open foyer.
    I’ll be chalk painting a little side table this weekend, fingers crossed. 🙂 I don’t do this often, like natural maple, but recently added a refinished console to our living room and for cottage style decor mixed finishes are key.
    Clicking away inspired. 🙂
    Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  4. This looks so cute — totally different. I did a double take because my late cousin had one of these in her house that looked the same. It is pretty astonishing what some paint and new fabric can do. I was wondering where you found the nailhead trim on a roll. I have a couple of pieces I am working on and have considered using nailhead on one of them.

  5. I LOVE it! I have an armoire that I have been wanting to chalk paint but I have
    been worried that it might be too intensive. Maybe I will just get my hiney to work and try it. Good work Kim!

    1. Thanks, W! It is a favorite now. Would have been more fun if we were working on it together, but I’m so glad you like it!!!

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