If some of you feel like you’re seeing double, all I can say is, “Why, yes! Yes, you are!”
You see, over the course of last year, this little blog-a-boo slowly outgrew its living space on the computer. So, in early January, it was moved to a new living space. In computer speak, this process is called “migration.” But, in blogger speak, it is called “a huge headache that NEV-AH ends.”
Well, maybe never is a little over kill in describing the situation, but here’s the rub. During said migration, only about 70% of the posts moved. And, the rest? Huuum. They’re still over at the other address.
Yeah. It’s like the family moved and left the kids.
So, to get these poor orphaned posts reunited with their family, some of the posts will be rewritten. This means they will also get reposted. I hope you will hang in there with me during this process. I promise to check every word and upgrade photos as we move along. Who knows, maybe the second time around will be even better than the first. 🙂 I know, I have my fingers crossed!!
Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, let’s talk about this neato garden bench with super easy-to-make slipcovers.
Once a month, a group of bloggers, usually around 15 to 20, are challenged to refinish a piece of furniture according to a theme. This particular group uses the hashtag #furnitureREFRESH.
This month’s theme is “weathered.” And, just between you and me, I wasn’t really sure if that meant weathered from being outside or weathered from using a specific painting technique. LOL.Turns out, it really didn’t matter. Luckily, I found a garden bench that had been
ignored forgotten right in my own back yard. It had been painted years and years ago, but lost to any kind of use. To say the harsh outdoor conditions had taken a toll is an understatement. When we dragged it indoors to begin the refresh, I really couldn’t even tell what the true color was.The bench was totally covered in green and black mold. Ugh. But, the wood looked like it was in pretty good shape, so I decided to stick with it.First up, a big old, Southern-style shower.After that, a thorough sanding until there were no rough places, peeling paint flecks, or splinters.Next, a walnut stain was applied. I was hoping the stain would make the bench look like a refinished “weathered” bench. And, although, it did create a nice finish, the bench had no personality. It was just a “weathered” blah.So, I grabbed a container of aqua paint from the Oooops section of the home improvement store, turned it into chalk paint, and brushed on a thin coat.Oh, yeah. Now, we’re talkin.In some places, the chalk paint was applied and the wet paint wiped away using a damp cloth.Since the chalk paint was being applied over an oil-based stain, the paint was easy to maneuver while it was wet. It acted almost like a glaze.I found this to be an extremely easy technique. And, after the paint was dry, no sanding was required. That’s right. No sanding. It was awesome!After the painting was completed, slip covers were made for the cushion and pillows.Five different fabrics were miraculously located in various remnant sections. Some of the pieces were so small, I had to piece the pieces.But, it all came together.To create an old “weathered” bench with a new “weathered” finish.Thank you so much for joining me on this challenge. It was a joy to share this sweet makeover with you.
If you appreciate this little makeover, I’d be honored to have it shared.
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