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Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Tale of an Old Bench

My son comes home from school. " Oh no! I forgot my spelling book." He says.
"Okay everybody, into the car. We have to go back to school." I say.
This is how the story begins...
We're driving along and I spy this {pictured above} peeking out from under someone's trash (furniture trash, not smelly, stinky garbage trash)
Anyway, I tell everybody, "Hold on. We're stopping. I have to get this." I park and get out, and see a sign that says FREE. It's my lucky day. I know I can doing something good with this. As I'm pulling it out, school buses are passing with drivers I know. Neighbors drive by and they wave at me. Oh my goodness...they must think that I've officially lost my mind. I can hear the whispers....did you see her? She was pulling something out of the garbage!!
But this is cool...and besides...it's not really garbage is it?

I mean, look at these legs? It's perfect!!

I'm imagining a sweet little step-up bench to Abigail's big girl bed one day. That's a few years away I realize, but hey I'm thinking ahead.
Okay, back to the story. So I grab it and haul it to the car.

Husband sees it the next day and gives me the oh my...just what are you going to do with that look.

Just wait, I say...I've got great plans for this baby!

so I start sewing

and then I pay a visit to The Graphics Fairy

and suddenly, the perfect bench is born!
Oh, and husband said to me last night...
"You know, I really like that bench."
End of story.
Have a wonderful weekend everybody and thank you for entering my giveaway!
If you haven't entered yet, you may still do so by clicking here.
xo and God Bless,

I'm linking up with My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
and Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday


claudia b said...

what a great find!!!

Raining Pearls said...

Kathleen: It's out of this world! It's amazing what a little imagination can do. Have a wonderful weekend :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how clever. It looks wonderful. Love the fabric. Hugs, Marty

cityfarmer said...

everything happens for a reason ... case in point.

Mom in High Heels said...

Super cute! Good for you for having such a good eye!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Fabulousity...is that a word. You have a good eye. I love what you did with that bench. You've turned it into a real gem!

Melissa Miller said...

It is very beautiful and unique Kathleen. Love it!

Happy weekend!
~Melissa :)

Faded Charm said...

What a great score and the finished product is perfect. Some times a girl's gotta dig and the dirt and not care about her reputation when it comes to good junk:)

Enjoy your weekend.


Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Kathleen...you did a wonderful job!



It's great! Love the price too!

Have a great weekend,

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

I need to visit the graphics fairy and buy the words "perfect" for this bench. :)

Love, love it!

~Tonja~ said...

Great find...I would of stopped too and hauled that sweet thing away...great job on the redo...
Have a Blessed d ay

Betsy said...

What a fabulous find and what you did with it is just amazing, love the ruffle. I'm often tempted to pull over and check out lovely little piles people leave at the curb. One persons trash.......

Tammy said...

What a wonderful find! I almost said steal and then I thought better of it. =) Anyway, I love what you did with it. People would pay a lot to buy something so custom, you know.
I've been there on the old smile and wave while people that you know are passing by. Hey they're wishing they had the nerve you do. That's all.
Enjoy your evening,

CandaceAshley said...

I just found your beautiful blog, and I love your ideas! I am a new follower!!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love what you did with it. Now I really want a slipcovered bench like this. Let's see, I know of 2 benches piled up in the attic....where can I squeeze them. When my family look at me like I'm nuts for starting another project, can I blame you? :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great idea for a table! Did you paint with a stencil? I know you did not run that a big a piece of fabric through a printer LOL. Why not cover a table with a slip cover, just toss it in the wash! Brilliant!


Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Yep, I know how it is. Hubs will always hide when I want to go dumpster-diving.

I love this bench! The burlap is such a nice touch!

Would love for you to drop by and link up to Passion for Paint this weekend.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!