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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Heart Bench

As y'all know, or maybe not, I am in the process of decorating a home that is 3000 miles away...not an easy task. We are waiting until the end of the school year to move  back to Alabama, and our new home is just sitting there. Wanna see it...head on over HERE. It is a little hard to imagine a room without being there, but I kinda like a challenge. I'm imagining a small bench at the end of my bed, or under a window, or ...okay, I just like benches!  I acquired  this one with a free piano. The piano is gone, but I couldn't part with the  bench...
Old piano bench
My plan...a new chalk paint recipe, a drop cloth cover, and a french script transfer with a little Sharpie accent. This was the plan, but plans can change, right? Here are my initial supplies...
Bench, drop cloth, plaster of paris for paint, and Sharpies
Graphics Fairy printable
Graphics Fairy printable
Flat paint...off white
Staple gun

My supplies included some awesome 
free printables from the
 Graphics Fairy and a chalk 
paint recipe.
First I made up the chalk paint....1/3 Cup Plaster of Paris and 1 Cup Flat paint..so easy, and cheap!...
1/3 cup plaster of paris
The first batch was lumpy and not working, so I grumbled and started over (foreshadowing). I added a little water to the plaster of paris and mixed until it was smooth...then I added the paint. This did the trick...
1 cup flat latex mixed in....buttery smooth
The bench looked terrible, and I hate to sand anything, so chalk paint seemed like a good alternative to hours of sanding...don't ya think?
Sanding or chalk paint?....definitely paint!
I took off her top and added some chalk paint...
One coat 
2 coats on...lookin' good
Unfortunately, at this point I did have to do a little sanding, but chalk paint is pretty easy to sand...and you can use a damp cloth to lightly distress it...Gotta love this stuff!
Sanded and lightly distressed
After the painting was done, it was time to get busy covering the top of the bench with my handy dandy drop cloth...I love that I could get my "fabric" at Home Depot...what's next, milk and eggs? 
 Back to work...I decided to use a cushion from an old broken lawn chair for the seat.....free is best!
Great free cushion
Did I mention that the broken chair was a favorite of our puppy, Bella? She loved to hop up on that old broken chair anytime she went out...Now, she is totally confused...
"Mom, This is mine...pleeease!"
Look at those sad eyes
Despite the puppy "sad" eyes, I cut off the fabric and made use of the fluff...
"New" stuffing...now I need some new scissors
I cut the drop cloth to fit the lid,  leaving an extra 8 inch edge...just for good measure.  Then I did the same for the cushion. At this point I wanted to make use of the great free printables, but it was not to be. I  had my printables and this...
I need DIY for dummies!
To my dismay, wax paper and freezer paper are NOT the same thing...really? 
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!
So why did I mention "old" staple guns? Well, the older models were operated by putting pressure on the back of the gun...like so...
Dummie Fact # 4...This is NOT the proper way
to hold a staple gun
I would like to point out that the "PowerShot" logo is facing in the right direction, even though the gun is not...a person could get confused! And to conclude the DIY for Dummies lesson...
Dummie Conclusion...Do not leave any body part under the gun!
No, that is not a deadly spider bite...although that would be less embarrassing! I actually held the gun backward while sitting on the floor with my foot under the other end...the lethal end! 
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. 


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55 comments:

Anne said...

Very nicely done!

Country Gal said...

The bench and seat cover are amazing I love it as is your new home beautiful I do love the screened porch ! Cant wait to see all your decorating in your new home ! Have a great day !

abcsofra said...

LOVE! Love! Love this new bench. You did a fantastic job. I tend to always want to sell everything off before a move so I can recreate at the other end with flea market finds, etc. But your way works just as well :-) I am sooo looking forward to your lovely new home coming together with your creative and flare. You are an artist at heart.

Connie said...

That bench is so adorable, and ouch! Looks like you were bit by a vampire, lol.
But really nice job.

Danielle said...

I am visiting via the blog hop and am now following your cute blog:>
Would love for you to come by and visit:>

http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/

Katalina Jewelry said...

The bench turned out great but ouch on the foot! Thanks for finding my blog and following...I'm now following you too!

Our Delightful Home said...

WOW! Amazing work!I would love for you to link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-7.html

Thank you so much for stopping by www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

PS: I am your newest Linky Follower

Mrs. Delightful
www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

LiveLoveDIY said...

Lori! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday! So excited to have a new follower! I am thrilled by your blog...it's beautiful with such great content! I JUST did a dining room table with my own homemade chalk paint just last week that I am planning to blog about, so I was just tickled to see this post today! Your bench turned out fantastic! You will certainly have a new follower in me!!! xo ~Virginia @ livelovediy.com

Lori Stokes Wright said...

OUCH!!! I totally would do this, why did they make the staple gun backwards??? Anyway, this is a fabulous bench, great job.

ErikaV said...

You did an awesome job with this! I love it :) Thanks for coming by. I'm joining you as well!

Have a great weekend and talk with you soon!

Erika @ Southern Belle as an Army Wife

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I love what you did with your piano bench! And I love you blog. Thanks for stopping by and I am following you now. Patty

Jody and Stan said...

What a project and the end result was awesome. Love how it all came together. The bench and the inside looks fantastic! Thanks for stopping by and I'm your New Follower. Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

Jody

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

Oh, my gosh! Do you know - I did THE SAME EXACT THING when I was stapling a bench of mine?! I didn't realize I was holding it the wrong way until I stapled the floor. Lol. Your poor foot! BUT, the bench looks amazing! You did a fabulous job. :-)

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

It turned out great! Sometimes the hard way is the only way we learn. I very well could have done the same thing. I suppose it could have been worse. And the challenge of a long distance redo...love it! Following you back!

PitterAndGlink said...

This is adorable! Great job! :)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I loved reading this post...too funny, your poor little foot, ha! Great job....love what you did with the fabric. Perfectly personalized!

Lisha @ 1house1couple said...

Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE IT! Great job Lori!!! :)

~Lisha

Lisa @ Cozy Condo Living said...

What a great looking bench! Thanks for stopping by Lori. I just added you to my Linky Follower list. BTW, I just wrote a welcome note that mentions grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting down with my blog. I thought it was funny when I came to your blog and saw that you also mentioned coffee. Have a good weekend.

Jennifer said...

Well done on your project! I hope you are ok with your little injury. :) I remember my dad's staple gun being the way you mentioned...and I have the same one you do.

Thanks for stopping by and following. I am now following you! I love your blog layout and the way you tile your party buttons.

Herballistic Garden said...

This is so beautiful Lori! I enjoyed your play by play on how it got to this point as well...reminds me of someone I know (hahaha). Hope your foot is okay? Following you as well now! Yay! xo wendy

Beth said...

I love that bench, very whimsical! I would leave the color. it is right. thanks for coming to see me!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful. Happy to be a new follower! Thanks for coming by!

Patsy said...

Great job Lori...except for the part where the vampire bit your foot! ;) Patsy

samaa @ Honey Sweet Home said...

Love this! I've been wanting to try something similar with a coffee table for ages. You did such a beautiful job! The white looks great, although red would be fun too!

LDH said...

Hi Lori! My, you are a very talented girl! I have perused many of your posts and had a great time seeing your creativity! Fun stopping by to visit with you! :)

Kindly, Lorraine

The Bold Abode said...

Super cute! What a fun bench!!!

Leslie said...

Ouch! That looks painful! I have an old staple gun, and would have totally pulled the same mistake! The bench turned out beautifully. I love the way the chalk paint looks!

Jutta said...

This is so beautiful! Very cool.
thanks for your lovely comment, i am following you back on linky and gfc
love
jutta

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

The bench is amazing! Love the finish and fabric!

Kimberly Sminkey said...

Oh Lori, I couldn't help but laugh... I'm so sorry about your poor foot! Sorry for laughing too!

But, your bench turned out lovely as usual!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Fabulous! Hope your foot is OK. owwies!

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild.com said...

love how this came out, part. the surprise inside sheet music decoupage.

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

LOVE. Amazing job!

Mandy said...

Lori, your bench is amazing!!! I'm featuring it tonight at Project Queen's Highlight Party. Thank you so much for linking it up last week. I'm so glad your foot is okay!

MuseBootsi said...

Sand or Paint? I usually say, "Clean the wall or paint over it..."
So homemade chalk paint is a solution I will be stealing from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Eilis said...

Your bench is just adorable. Your stapler mishap sounds just like something I would do :).
New follower,
Eilis
my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.om

Eilis said...

Your bench is just adorable. Your stapler mishap sounds just like something I would do :).
New follower,
Eilis
my-heart-lives-here.blogspot.om

Katherines Corner said...

it's lovely and made with "blood" sweat and hopefully no tears. Sorry for you accident. Thank you for sharing xo

Deanne said...

what a fantastic idea- well done!

Its So Very Cheri said...

It looks great. I hope your foot is recovering.

Hey it's Cheri from Its So Very Cheri--stopping by from the Linky Party Hop.

Cheri

Crafty Cousins said...

I love it! Thanks so much for linking up! :)
~Nat

Stacie said...

That is awesome! You have great hand writing. Much more personal I think!
www.createyourdecor.blogspot.com

Lindsey @ Better After said...

So cute! And yes, I have an old staple gun too. I feel your pain. Literally.

very merry vintage style said...

It looks beautiful! Love your photos too. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

It came out beautifully! And I'm so glad you gave some info on homemade chalk paint!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

What a fun bench! I love the white distressed legs!

Amy - while wearing heels said...

Your blog is definitely aptly named. This bench did go from bleak to unique. The transformation is incredible. I love everything about it..well, except for your staple gun injury :).

Happily following you back.
amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

Art and Sand said...

Love...love...love the bench and the fabric cover.

Amy L said...

Great bench! I am in the very little patience category, too.
~Amy @ Permanent Kisses

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

Very fun project! I like the sheet music on the inside -a nice surprise. Great photo shoot too. :)

gail said...

I truly love everything about your "heart" bench Lori! The handwriting is beautiful, and I love the hymnal decoupage inside.
thanks for sharing at catch as catch can!
gail

Shannah @ Just Us Four said...

This is so beautiful and such a great project! I hope you will come link it up at the Pinworthy Project Link Party going on now over on my blog, Just Us Four.

Karla said...

The bench looks beautiful I love it. Sorry to hear about your foot. That must have really hurt. I'm sure it happens a lot though because it seems like a honest mistake. You completed your project wonderfully though. I love the decoupage on the inside.

Tisha said...

Love your new bench! My favorite part is the inside - what a fun idea! So sorry about your foot (I think I would have made the same mistake)! Thanks for linking up.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

I love what you did with this! I have seen so many French inspired pieces but this is fabulous and unique! I found you at Cheri's blog hop, and am your newest follower, will you follow me back?