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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Primitive Red Bench

I found this piano bench at my favorite flea market last week.  It was an old wooden bench with a lot of crazing and dings.  I knew immediately I wanted to do my deep red finish on it which is one of my favorite finishes and it goes great with a country French decor.

My husband painted the base coat for me of colonial red by Rustoleum.  It used to be part of their American Accents line, but they have changed the name.  You can purchase the color at Home Depot and it comes in spray and brush on.  This is a true blue red, not orangy at all.
Once that was done, I used one of my Maison de Stencils grain sack stencils and stenciled with light ivory acrylic paint.  I then masked off my stripes to widen the look of the image and make it more like a French grain sack.
Once I completed the painting process, I took my sander and shabbied the whole piece exposing some of the dark wood below.  Then I used Minwax jacobean stain and wiped a heavy layer of stain over the whole bench to give it even more of an aged look.
I really wanted to bring out the imperfections of this piece to show the beautiful aged state the bench was in when I found it.  Below is the bench as it looked in its original state.
And here you see it with a decorative finish on it. 
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about my Ramsign give-away.  I will choose a winner on January 31 so be sure to stop by and leave a comment, and remember, this give-away is for my followers only.

I'm partying at...

Mondays          Le Chateau des Fleurs       The Graphics Fairy    
                                      Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Tuesdays          Knick of Time       Coastal Charm  
                                      Boogie Board Cottage    A Stroll Thru Life   
                                     Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday
Wednesdays     Savvy Southern Style
Thursdays        The Shabby Creek Cottage    No Minimalist Here 
                                     Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday    
                                     Rustic Restorations Homespun Happenings
Fridays            French Country Cottage       My Romantic Home        Miss Mustard Seed
                                    Potpourri Friday     Common Ground
                                    The Charm of Home    Rooted in Thyme
Saturdays        Funky Junk Interiors

Sundays           My 1928 Charmer Sunday's Best


Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

What a great transformation and I love how you let the old wood show through. Lynda

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

This is so great! I love the stencil and I LOVE the red! I adore how you kept the stencil going all the way down the to the edges! I keep "thinking" about my painting projects and you keep "doing"! You are amazing!

Ashley C. said...

I just love everything about this! I too want to add anything grain-sack inspired in my house right now - where did you get the stencil?

Gail said...

Oh Maggie, I love your bench make-over! I have a little bench and you just gave me the inspiration that I needed!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Such a great color and I love the stencil and the stripes, Maggie! You really transformed that bench and it looks beautiful now.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love the red!!! The whole bench looks marvelous! Now I'm looking at my dark stained piano bench with new eyes. Well done!

Susie said...

I love the bench, perfect red. All I want to know is...do you ever sleep !! You have the cutest redos and make overs and crafts..busy, busy ,busy. xoxo,Susie

Bliss said...

Wonderful! The stripes definitely give the grain sack look.


Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Wow! It's gorgeous now!!! I love the red and the grain sack style to it.

Anne said...

Gorgeous!!!!! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this!

Sayuri said...

This is over the top pretty!!
I love your design and the ed too:)

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karen@somewhatquirky said...

That red is so great. I think I've used that red for a lot of projects over the years. The bench looks wonderful.

Annette T. said...

Maggie, you did an outstanding job on that bench. The red is just the perfect color, too. And I'm loving that stencil. I'd love to win those house numbers!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Well, every thing you do is my favorite...So include this...Gorgeous!


Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

I really love this. I love a rich red anyway and this painted graphic is perfect!!

My Creatively Vintage Life said...

I love how this turned out and LOVE the red! I love taking something in need of love and turning it into something wonderful! Great job! Came to you via a linky party and am now a new follower!