Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My Favorite DIY Project from 2008

Hello!

Welcome to my little installment for Rhoda's 2008 Before & After Party.

This project is from October 30, 2008 and I know that many of you will remember it. It was my favorite project of the year and it still makes me smile whenever I walk past it.

Thanks for stopping by and make sure to visit the other blogs that are partying down today at Southern Hospitality!

Thanks!

Bella

_________________________________________________

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?


ttfn,

52 comments:

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

yes, that was definitely one of my favorites...you did an amazing job on that. :)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I didn't see this project yet, and I LOVE it! I saw one of these at one of our local antique stores (a reasonable one) and thought it was cute, but where would it go? But after seeing what you've done with yours (wow!) I am thinking, "who cares where it goes?! I NEED it! I really am so impressed by what you did with it~ and the seat fabric just makes it even better! :) Good job! :)

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

Ahhhhh, yes...I remember it well. I loved it then and still do!!!

:)

Tootsie said...

I love it! she is sooooooo cute!

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

How cute is that, I never would have thought to use the chalk board paint, lovely idea. :-)

Cathleen

Duni said...

What you turned that little telephone table into is amazing. Great job! Love the idea with chalk board and the fabric for the seat is gorgeous...

Bella Casa said...

Hi Jenni!

Thanks!

You know, when I bought it, I thought maybe the foyer...but maybe even one of my boys' rooms...and I was going to go very casual with the fabric because I wanted to keep it 'fun'...but when I saw that fabric, I just had to have it...so it is still fun with the chalkboard paint, but sophisticated with the fabric.

It actually ended up in a corner of our Dining Room of all places, but it just 'fits' there and I really love how it all turned out.

Terri and Bob said...

I think that is when I discovered you! I loved that post too!

rkdsign88 said...

Amazing work!I'm glad you post this again, I may have miss it.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Using the chalk board paint makes it so much more fun than regular black paint - so cute. Love the green and black!

Manuela

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Yes, I loved this amazing transformation ~ well done!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I love how this turned out!

bj said...

oh, yes, i remember this cute little bench. i have looked high and low for one but nothing yet. i will just keep looking since you gave me such an inspiration!!
xo bj

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I remember this one well, Bella! Love that cute little thing. I once had one of these too, but my ex got it. Cute, cute!

HeathahLee said...

That is so pretty, and I would have never thought to use chalkboard paint! Too cute!

Rue said...

Hi Bella :)

I love it! You did a wonderful job of dressing her up and I love that you used chalk board paint :)

rue

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I did love getting to see this pretty little bench again!
Is this not the best- getting to see everyone's projects!!
blessings
mary

The Berry's Patch said...

Yep, I remember this project. It's one of my favorite! I love how you use the chalk board paint on different projects.

Linda Merrill said...

Great job on this telephone table - nice to see such a fun update of a classic!

Marie said...

Girl...you have so many ads on your page it takes 1000 years to load! lol Anyhooo...I LOVE that gossip bench. VERY cute.

Pam at Antique or Not said...

I remember that! I loved what you did with it...you're right...tres chic!

Bella Casa said...

Marie- a gal's gotta eat, haha ;)

Thanks for telling me though...no one else has said anything about it loading slow...and even my dinosaur of a laptop loads my page pretty quickly...hmmmm...

Bella

Ami said...

Great job! I absolutely love what you did with it.

Leigh said...

Oh, that looks great! Hey! I am here from the 2008 Before and After! Stop by my place if you can.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

So cute!! Love the fabric, love the use of the chalkboard paint, the chair itself. Everything!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

What a cutie patooty!! Love the wide seat too!!

Sharkbytes said...

Very nice transformation!

Southern Lady said...

What a pretty and unique transformation, Bella. I love the black and your little cushion is so elegant. Great idea!

Randi said...

What a neat piece ... and I LOVE the chalkboard on the back! How fun!

Do it yourselfer said...

great job! it looks so good!

Beth V. said...

Cool project! I love what you've done. The chalkboard paint is great. Just found your blog through Entrecard. Love what I've seen so far!

Ramona said...

Hey Bella ~

Your bench is totally tres chic!!! I want to marry chalkboard paint. Have a great week.

Smiles ~ Ramona

Melissa P said...

Precious

Kim Layton said...

How cute Bella! My mother-in-law had one and sold it at her garage sale! I could kick myself for not taking it now!

beth at aunties said...

Creative andd cute. The fabric is very pretty!

Picket said...

Oh I remember this little treasure...you did an awesome job on this little beauty! Looks even better the second time around! lol

Ms. Tee said...

This is so darn cute! I love it -You did such a great job, and I love that you used chalkboard paint, oh, and love that green swirly fabric. I have a thing for swirly stuff, too! :)

MySweetThree said...

That is a fantastic find and it turned out beautiful!

Roz Andrews said...

Wow! That's a fantastic transformation! It's a great idea to add blackboard paint and the seat looks so luxurious!

Best wishes,
Roz
http://lifeinaustralia.today.com
http://craftsonabudget.blogspot.com

Cote de Texas said...

that is so cute, but that was MY saying this fall!!!!! love that!!!!

WeblogLearner said...

WebbieLady says...

Ciao Bella!

Sto pensando se sei Italiana. Ho letto il tuo profile but i could not fathom whether you are Italian or Spanish.. Anyway, I am amazed by your passion and talent. The sidebar images you posted are simply amazing.... Keep up the great project and useful and enjoyable decorating passion.

In your comment here, I would like to say thanks and keep learning EC; its a great help.

Execumama said...

LOVE IT! Wow, I'm definitely feeling inspired to tackle some of my DIY projects right now. Better run before the inspiration goes aw... Too late, darn!
Thank for sharing!

Darlene said...

That was a FABULOUS re-make on your gossip bench! I look forward to your 2009 DIY projects!

Susan S. said...

Your bench re-do is precious. I love the colors and the chalkboard paint. I'm hoping to do a project with that paint soon myself. Happy New Year from Houston!

sandra/tx said...

I remember that project. Great job!

jenniferadams said...

oh why can't i find great finds like this. LOVE the chalkboard paint on it!

Karen said...

That is beautiful! My mother in-law had a little telephone chair like that at one time. You did a great job restoring it. Thanks for the visit at The Pond

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

So nice...I especially love the black board.

Triz Designs said...

wow! I cannot believe the transformation! it looks really cool!!! love it!!!

Mom said...

Absolutely beautiful makeover.

Little-Z said...

It is just lovely! Like what you did with it

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

If that's not the sweetest before and after...what a great job you did! It makes me wish that I had one of those telephone chairs.

Related Posts with Thumbnails