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Saturday, December 31, 2011

It's all in the numbers.Chalk painted benches

A couple years ago, I/we, Mr. Z. and I built three little tables or benches out of vintage pine lumber that I salvaged from a shack my sister tore down. Broke my heart that she tore down this 100 year old house.

Just before Thanksgiving, I started making changes in my dining room because the décor was stagnant and changes needed to be made.  I brought some primitive stuff in from the garage and work storage to stage a setup and see if I would like it. The long bench and my little bench with the drawer that we built would work well with my idea of stacking/staging. There you see it on top of the long bench.

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The drawer was from an old dresser. We cut the depth down to fit and I added a vintage drawer pull. The sides still had a lot of chippy paint.

This was looking pretty good, but just a little too rustic so I decided to paint the two benches a matching gray. I mixed my own chalk paint using sand-free grout powder and paint that I had on hand. The long bench was not a problem and it was perfect for the plan. The little bench also turned out good, but it needed something more ... just too plain.          

Since I planned to use clocks and numbers as a theme for this display, I dressed the drawer with numbers and a clock face under the handle. I drew the design up with the numbers; reversed then; printed them out on wax paper with my ink jet printer and transferred/ironed them on the drawer front. I did the same with the clock face under the handle. The wax finish had to be sanded off first. Transferring a large clock or clock face to the top is still in the plans. I was really pleased with the numbers transfer. The clock face transfer did not go on as easy ... maybe some wax was left on the surface and it pulled more paint, but it looks aged and that is what I wanted.  

The handle had a round center, so that was perfect for the clock face. I added plastic clock hands under the handle.

This was fun/learning  project to do and serves the purpose for right now.

I LOVE to recycle or repurpose.

Linking to: 

   Creative Homemaker on a Dime Party & Hop

The DIY Show Off

Feathered Nest Friday 

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  1. This is just so gorgeous! Inspiring me . . .

  2. I haven't tried the wax paper transfer method yet and this inspires me to give it a go. Love this display! ~ Maureen

  3. Happy New Year!!!! I've given you an award...check it out :)

  4. Way cute, and i love the vignette as well!!

  5. How adorable! I love the numbers and the clock face you cute.

  6. you have beautiful taste! Love what you did to the drawer. I'd love it if you'd share this over at Kammy's Korner Trash 2 Treasure Tuesdays!

  7. Very creative! Enjoyed reading your blog.

  8. Just love that bench! I'm a bit nutty for numbers ...

    Stopping by from Debbiedoos ...

  9. Your bench is great - I love the way you have put the numbers at different angles, and the handle on the clock face - brilliant.
    I'm following from
    (found you on the newbie party)

  10. Love the numbers on this did a great job. So glad I found your blog cause' I love new blog friends. I'm a new follower too, so stop by anytime and visit, Lori

  11. So lovely! THank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  12. Oh my gosh I LOVE THAT BENCH!!!!! I'm so impressed. I would LOVE to be able to make something that good looking. You have my wheels spinning! :)

  13. I stopped by from Debbiedoo's and so glad I did!
    You did a fabulous job on this...absolutely LOVE the numbers and clock. I look forward to seeing what's next.


  14. Audrey you are amazing! I love your all numbers timeless treasure for sure. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party

  15. Love this, Audrey!! I'm featuring you tomorrow evening at the Knick of Time Tuesday Vintage Style Link Party!

    I hope you'll link up more of your wonderful style then!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  16. too adorably cute!!!
    off to see more of your wonderful blog.

    barbara jean

  17. I LOVE how this turned out! What a great idea, and well done :)

  18. That is so pretty and very original! I just got some chalk paint and can't wait to try it out.

  19. Very pretty--love the bright red plant to really set it off! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday. Hope you'll be back this week--

  20. Genial cuanta sensibilidad, me encanta. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito visitar el mio y si te gusta espero que te hagas seguidora.


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