Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gossip Bench Before & After







Remember that cute little telephone gossip bench that I bought at a garage sale?






Well, she's even cuter now, maybe even tres chic!






First I used a liquid sanding product on her. Then, spray painted on a primer. Next, I hand painted her black, 2 coats. Then for fun, I painted the top areas with chalkboard paint. Then she sat around for awhile waiting for a new seat...


After much inner debate, I went with a light green, sagey sort of color with some swirls and floral designs in it, I really like it! I really thought I was going to make this chair 'casual', but my fanciness just got the best of me and well, I just made her all pretty and stuff...hope that's OK.







My seat is so w i d e, like my new owner's ;)






Just for fun, some Chalkboard Paint, love that stuff!







Oh, the D? It stands for Decorating Dork, haha. I think I read that on Nester's blog once and it is stuck in my head now ;)



So, are the next 5 days going to be the longest days of our lives or what?





PS: I added this post to the Sanctuary Arts Makeover Open House. To see what everyone is making over, head over there for more fabulous makeovers!






PPS: Make sure to enter to win a beautiful lamp from CSN Lighting! Good Luck!






75 comments:

Emily said...

that looks fantastic! i love it!!

Erin said...

Oh how cute! I love the fabric you chose for the seat! How fun is that. What a great find.

Fidget said...

it came out very cute!

nikkicrumpet said...

BRILLIANT re-do on the bench...and yes it is VERY CHIC!

Lisa B. said...

Gosh! That came out sooo cute!

Diane said...

This is awesome, I love it! :0} Diane

Mayhem said...

wow that looks brilliant! i love it ♥

Darlene said...

WOW Bella...fabulous re-do...LOVE IT!

ThriftyDecorChick said...

This looks completely transformed, I love it! And love that you used chalkboard paint!! It looks perfect in that spot.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Bella,
I remember when you bought it...hasn't been too long ago! You did a great job on the transformation! I love it!

squawmama said...

BELLA my friend...First your my decorationg hero today.. LOVE LOVE LOVE it... I want it... the fabric on the seat almost matches my window treatments in the bedroom... Second yes I think I am enrolled in the chex mix contest... I hope...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Bo said...

Hi Bella...why yes, yes I do remember the gossip bench and why wouldn't I? I am the "gossiper extraordinaire" in the blogopera "Desperate Housewives Of Blogge'ville... I dearly love what you've done with this bench and especially that it has a WIDE seat so I can feel comfortable when I come to visit! ;-) Bo

Strawberry Blonde said...

Love the way it turned out! I really really really want a gossip bench, but they seem hard to come by in my area. You did a great job. I love the unexpected with the chalkboard paint. How fun!!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Bella,
You are a silly Decorating diva!!
not dork:)The telephone bench looks great.
Happy trick & treating.
Deb

Christina said...

That is an amazing transformation. Love the whole vignette.

I would love to find a bench like that for my foyer.

Oh, and you asked about the pictures on our blog. They were huge paintings. Huge! I did think they would have made great chalkboards if someone had a space that large. They were kinda freaky though. : )

Ginger said...

Oh what memories I have of a gossip bench in my house as a kid growing up! I STILL HAVE IT! It is needing a makeover so bad. It will have to be completely taken apart, reglued, refinished, new upholstery etc.

Many projects in front of it though. I'll have to do all of the wood at one time to get them all done I suppose.

Great idea using the chalk board paint! I love how it turned out!

Ginger
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Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Bella!
I LOVE your gossip bench! It turned out fabulous!! So nice in black and the cushion is perfect. gorgeous fabric!! What a great makeover!

Hugs, Sherry

I will be SOOOO glad when Nov 4th is over, I'm rather sick of all of them!

southerninspiration said...

Oh, it is fanciful and cute, yes even tres chic! Love a great transformation!
Suzanne

Chris said...

You did a great job on the gossip bench. I remember my aunt always had her old phone on her gossip bench, brought back sweet memories.

Hugs,
Chris

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Well I just love how that turned out! Really a great job & so cute!
Take care, DebraK
Another gal who is so happy all the negative ads will soon be gone.

Jennifer said...

very nice!

Carrie said...

wow it looks great! love the seat!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Bella, Just fabulous! The bench turned out great! ...and I love the mirror behind it! ~Rhonda

Jael said...

Oh, I adore it!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Oh my goodness sakes... I have to say I just looooove what you did to this Gossip bench-It turned out wonderful!
Robin~♥

Mama said...

It truly is beautiful! You are very talented. I hope my hope looks that great one day!

Gretchen said...

Your gossip bench is adorable! What a great idea to use chalkboard paint. You are one smart girl!

Gretchen

Picket said...

Ohhhhh I love it and that fabric is gorgeous!!!! Happy Halloween girl!

Kitty Scraps said...

Bella your gossip bench is beautiful! What liquid sanding product did you use? I'm supposed to be working on my big honkin' furniture rehab and getting no where with it. Your post is a inspiration to me to get that thing finished up! And I love your cushion, definitely good choice to go fancy *smiles*

Ramona said...

Bella, Bella, Bella ~
TRES CHIC~OLA!!! I love it! You did such a great job...I too love chalkboard paint...I want to marry it...great fabric choice too. Well done my friend.

Happy Trick or Treating.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Donna said...

Bella,

Your Gossip Bench looks terrific! Job well done!

xoxoxoxo
Donna

Chris said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! I love everything--the paint color, the fabric, the spot you put it! Perfection, Bella!

B Boys Mom said...

Very nice! Love the idea of the chalk board paint on it. Just needs a phone.

Kim's Treasures said...

Oh my gosh...if it goes missing it is not at MY house! LOL! That is awesome...love it and great choice on the fabric! WOW!

Happy Halloween!
Kim

kari and kijsa said...

SO cute! Great job!!!
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
smiles,
kari & kijsa

Chris said...

It's me again! I just wanted to let you know that the city picture on my blog is Grand Rapids. A lot of people don't realize what a large city it is. It's simply beautiful, and it offers a spectacular night life! You'll have to come over sometime. Stay the day or stay all night in some beautiful hotels!

Katelin said...

ohmygosh that looks amazing. i absolutely love it. you are so crafty, seriously i wish i could do that.

Marie said...

Looks FABULOUS! I love how you accessorized it too. Can't wait for Nov 4, huh? Who ya votin' for? ha ha

April said...

wow, the chair/desk came out AWESOME.

~willow~ said...

you did a fantastic makeover on that piece of furniture - well done!

Momof3 said...

OMG! I thought it was cute before but absolutely LOVE the after shot. I just can't even find the words. Just love it! You did a great job! No, better than great!

Shelly Rodriguez said...

Wow, that looks so cute now! :) Awesome job!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Bella, that turned out SO cute! I used to have one of those benches. They look great in a certain spot.

justabeachkat said...

How cute is that?!!!! VERY!

Hugs!
Kat

ChichiBoulie said...

I'm so jealous of your treasure. It's looks incredible!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Great job, Bella! What a fab makeover. I never would've thought to use the blackboard paint like that.

I echo your sentiment--Nov 4th (actually, the 5th!)--can't get here soon enough for me. This feels like the longest political campaign in history, doesn't it?

Have a wonderful Sunday! :-)

Kirstin said...

I love that~!~!~ It looks so cute!

feefifoto said...

I love that! My grandmother, Bella, had something very similar. It's great when you can rejuvenate a piece of furniture and make it part of an eclectic collection.

Barbara said...

WOW! Go Bella....Really love the phone bench/chair. The area you put it in is great. When I was a teen, we had a phone bench/chair. What memories that brings back. LOVE the material you used on the cushion too!
Enjoyed visiting your blog. come and see me soon.
Barbara

Christine said...

That is just stunning, you did an incredible job on the table,

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Terri and Bob said...

Adorable and love the fabric. I found you at Kat's.

JO said...

wow! that old thing looks brand new now!


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wiehanne said...

Wow, what a make-over~! It looks so fabulous now. :D

Alice said...

your new desk looks awesome! you did a marvelous job on it! i really like the seat material, it goes great with the overall design. great job!

Please feel free to visit my blog anytime :).

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

What a beautiful piece of furniture. I have never heard of liquid sander before. Maybe it's something we should look into. We've been sanding and varnishing and sanding and... for days now. Hope we find results as beautiful as yours. I love how you have refurbished this old piece.

Swapna said...

You are so talented, I am sure you will come up with many great ideas for decorating your home... though the duct tape effort was funny!!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

LOVE it! The chalkboard paint was such a fun idea.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What a great job you did ! I remember those telephone tables. I sure am glad we have cordless phones now.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Bella,
Thanks for linking! Loved it last week and still do!
diane

Pat said...

Hi Bella
Nice toi meet you!
Oh this is such a fun bench and I love what you did with it!
Hugs, Pat

Melissa Wertz said...

I remember seeing a post when you first got that bench. I love love love what you have done to it!!!

Mad Red Hare said...

How cute! It has such a vintage feel to it.

Betsy said...

What a great idea. I want one.

bj said...

oooooo< I am in LUV !!! This is waaay cute and now, I just put, at the very top of my WANT LIST,
A GOSSIP BENCH !!
What a fabulous job you did...just love it !!

Joy said...

what a great makeover on the bench. Love the chalk board paint idea too.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

That is so cool...and I love the chalkboard paint idea too. :-)

Sandy Toes said...

Looks just wonderful!
-sandy toes

LuLu & Co said...

it is wonderful!

Jen r. said...

I love that bench Bella! Thanks for joining in! Jen

Carisa said...

Wow, what a transformation. Now I want to steal my grandma's and paint it black!
Mrs. Petrie @ http://casapetrie.com/blog/

Procrastinator Crafter said...

Love your gossip bench. Great idea to add the chalkboard paint! Also, I love your blog. I will be snooping around now! Have a great Day.
Maridith

bec4 said...

I love telephone benches--great redo! I think the D is for divine!

Jennifer DeDonato said...

ok yeah that totally rocks!

Kris said...

What a great makeover. Love the colors and the seat cushion. The chalkboard paint adds a bit of whimsy and give it much charm.

Have a happy day

Kris

thedomesticfringe said...

Love it! This bench looks amazing in black.

-FringeGirl

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