Monday, June 9, 2014

Headboard Bench Makeover

This weekend was a weekend of projects and chores. This time of year, there's always mowing that needs to be done. And weeding - lots and lots of weeding. So while Bruce mowed, I started weeding the flowerbeds. While I'm glad things grow really well here, I could do without all the weeds. I need to go rake up some of the pine needles for mulch. I know that. So why don't I? I could say I'm afraid of finding snakes or scorpions (I am), but the truth is, I just haven't. It's hot and I'm being lazy. Of course, it's hot weeding too. So beats me why I don't just go do it. I'm going with the whole snake and scorpion thing.



Very overgrown front bed



Lots of weeds still...(I have plans for the reindeer)

When I finally finished the back bed and got tired of the front bed  um, the sun got too hot, I moved on to my next project - in the garage, with fans! Bruce made me a headboard bench long before Pinterest made them popular. The head and footboards came from Bruce's parents - it belonged to a great aunt and they let us have it, understanding what we wanted it for. It sat on our back porch for years and got lots of use.
Ignore the footboard....the bench is behind that and the only before picture I could find of the bench

When we bought this place, I decided it would be good to have up here so we brought it up one weekend. We used it at the kitchen/garage door for putting our shoes on. It needed some TLC though as the years had taken their toll. I sanded it and filled in the holes. Then it sat while other projects took over.

This weekend, it was finally its turn. I primed it with my favorite primer: Zinesser. After that dried, I pulled out my paint I used on the exterior of the front and back doors: Benjamin Moore's exterior paint in Wethersfield Moss. It got two good coats. Much better!
Up on the sawhorses...ignore the mess-just keeping it real, y'all.

The finished bench:

Although it will continue to be our kitchen/garage door bench, the exterior paint will allow it to be placed outside if we so desire.

I'll share some of my small projects next time. Have a blessed week!
Hugs,
Cecilia

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20 comments:

  1. I think your headboard bench is just beautiful. I like the idea of the outdoor paint.. This does allow you to sit it wherever you choose.. If you are like me..it will be in many different places as time goes by. I have lots of weeding and mulching to do to.. I am not afraid of snakes but the whole scorpion thing...yikes.. I can use the snake story but not the scorpion.. My family knows I pick up the snakes and through them in the field so I am withour excuse...lol Have a great week and enjoy your beautiful bench.. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, Patty. Ha, I should clarify...I don't want to run across POISONOUS snakes. I've been known to pick up grass snakes and get close enough to check others out but I'm not really scared of them. Wary is a better word. ;) Scorpions I'm just not fond of. I've never been stung but heard it's very painful...that and the fact our house was overrun when we first got it. You never knew how many would show up on a given night. Thankful for our bug man!

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  2. I love the bench, Cecilia! Looks good for anywhere in your home. Now you just need to make a cushion! Lol!

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    1. Thanks, Gail. No, I don't think a cushion is a good thing - at least while it's in this spot. We just plop down on it to either put our boots on or take them off. It would probably just get dirty. Lol. But if it ever gets moved to the back porch or somewhere in the house, then I'll make a cushion. :-)

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  3. I'm with you on being wary of snakes! We have too many here...both venomous and non-venomous. I don't like any of them! I have seen scorpions here too, but not many. Lots of spiders and other bugs too! I love your bench. I saw a headboard at the Hospice Attic thrift the other day that would have made a gorgeous bench back, but with all the projects we have planned, I didn't bring it home. Some day...:) Have a wonderful week!

    Blessings, Vicky

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    1. The good thing is you can always find used headboards; too bad you had to pass up on that one though. I understand about having too many other things to do. Me too! I'm just trying to get all the ones I've had laying around done. Ha! There's always something waiting...guess it's the size of the pile waiting. :-D

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  4. Cute bench!
    Glad your hubby's family let you have it and 'have your way with it' too! :) I love the color! It will be useful in many different places, I'm sure. We no longer have pine needles available for the mulching of beds. :/
    We've lost both Pine trees that were here when we moved here. Gosh! after the fence bull dozing last week...it has come to my attention, we've lost lots and lots of trees! (and; apparently, I find it to be upsetting!)
    Have fun in your gardens! Pat

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    1. Me too, Pat! I'm really happy they did and actually encouraged us to. It gave it a new life and purpose instead of slowly rotting away. :) the drought has been very hard on the trees...we have numerous ones we've lost too and while we have lots more, I mourn each one that is no more. So I get that it upsets you!
      Thanks for stopping in. Have a great week!

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  5. I love the bench you made. Glad you were able to repurpose it. That color is right up my alley. LOVE it! And...I DON'T DO SNAKES ---lol xo Diana

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    1. Haha, you should of seen me the one time I discovered one in a birdhouse...it's a wonder I didn't fall off the ladder. :) I don't like them to surprise me, for sure!
      And isn't that green just the perfect color? All soft and mossyish.
      Hugs,
      Cecilia

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  6. Yea, I'm going with the snakes thing - although heat and being tired and wanting to work on your beautiful bench are all great reasons for not raking. I love your bench and what a great color!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I knew my blog friends would understand. ;) have a great week!
      Hugs

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  7. Snakes and moi don't get along AT ALL!! They're pretty much the only animal I'm terrified of and the thought of running into one gives me the heebie jeebies. I remember as a child I found one while outside playing and screamed so loud my mother came out and killed it. It's funny...all these years later I feel bad about that. Just because I'm afraid of them doesn't mean it deserved to die.

    The color of your bench is perfect Cecilia. Not too dark, not too light.

    I have more weeds than you BY A MILE! I hate weeding. It always seems like it's too hot or too cold to do it.

    xxx

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    1. I agree, Doreen. Snakes don't need to be killed- they do have their uses ( like keep the mouse/rat population down). I'd just as soon not run across them!
      Glad you approve of the bench color. I absolutely love it!
      Can't imagine more weeds than mine. Yikes!

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  8. Wow..this bench is fabulous!!!...and yes, that would be my excuse too...hate snakes!...but when we see a black garden snake in the yard we tend to let it go as they eat the bad things!!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, they do eat bad things so we tend to leave them alone. Glad you stopped by, Shirley!

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  9. Love how this project turned out!

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  10. Your project turned out wonderful! The color is perfect for this bench. I think I would rather paint a bench than pull weeds any day of the week. Great job!!

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    1. haha, isn't that for sure! Thank you for stopping in!

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