|Old piano bench|
|Bench, drop cloth, plaster of paris for paint, and Sharpies|
My supplies included some awesome
free printables from the
Graphics Fairy and a chalk
|1/3 cup plaster of paris|
|1 cup flat latex mixed in....buttery smooth|
|Sanding or chalk paint?....definitely paint!|
|2 coats on...lookin' good|
|Sanded and lightly distressed|
Back to work...I decided to use a cushion from an old broken lawn chair for the seat.....free is best!
|Great free cushion|
|"Mom, This is mine...pleeease!"|
Look at those sad eyes
|"New" stuffing...now I need some new scissors|
|I need DIY for dummies!|
I printed out all my designs on the wax paper, got the iron hot, and NOTHING!
Wax paper does not transfer a thing. Most people would probably have waited and bought freezer paper, but I have zero patience, and I wanted it done, so I needed a new plan...Cover the bench and make Sharpie magic later.
Now I was ready to cover the lid...or so I thought. The actual covering and stapling photos are few cause' I got totally distracted....Here' what I have...
|Staple the center of all four sides first...then corners|
|To cover the entire bottom I cut more drop cloth, and used|
some spray adhesive
Why so few pics, and what distracted me? Well here is where we have a DIY for dummies moment! Does anyone own a staple gun? Have you owned an older staple gun? Well there is a difference...and I know what it is, do you?...
DIY for DUMMIES LESSON...
|Dummie Fact #1...This is a staple gun|
|Dummie Fact #2...This is the way to hold a staple gun|
|Dummie Fact #3...This arrow is there|
for a reason...a good one!
|Dummie Fact # 4...This is NOT the proper way |
to hold a staple gun
|Dummie Conclusion...Do not leave any body part under the gun!|
So, like I said, I was distracted...by pain, and did not take my pics of the actual covering and stapling. Don't worry, except for desperately needing a pedicure, I'm okay. Lesson over!
Still considering what to do with the cover, I decided to decoupage the inside of the bench with pages from an old hymnal...just for fun...
|I love decoupage|
I really like that there will be a nice surprise inside the bench. For this look I just tore the pages randomly, and used equal parts of glue and water to decoupage...Sticky, but fun!
I put it off long enough and now it was time to decorate the bench top.
I wanted something "uniquely us", and so I chose songs we love, and one very special song! Cliff and Amelia love to sing together, and it warms my heart every time I hear them sing this particular song by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. I begged them to let me import a little video clip for y'all, but my husband was adamant...."NO WAY"!! So without further ado...here she is, my "Heart Bench"....
I was considering painting the bench red, like the heart...is this too much? Tell me what you think, and share any of your new products or fun parties.
Can you tell I have been playing with my new found camera? I am still learning, but so far I am lovin' the new toy.
Linking up to all these fabulous parties...come join me!