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Title: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: blue_skiesMN on August 31, 2009 08:37:24 PM
This poor little guy has been traveling around with me for the past six years.


I originally rescued it from a former rental house before I moved (it had belonged to a previous tenant and the owner was selling the place.

It lived for a few years on the patio at the next rental, much to the dismay of the landlady. It interfered with her "style."

It then spent a few years as a plant stand/weed support/paint swatch test victim/emergency seating in the house that we finally bought. It spent most of its days tucked into a neglected corner of the yard.

Several coats of yellow farm equipment paint, and about an hour with a sewing machine later:




I love it now  :D


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: skaborsk on August 31, 2009 08:53:00 PM
woah! what an awesome transformation! i love it too!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Seraphina_de_Sangre on August 31, 2009 08:59:54 PM
Brilliant, I love the yellow. You did an excellent job.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: eye.heart.art on August 31, 2009 09:01:12 PM
Wonderful!  What a difference some paint and fabric makes!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: xjupitercrashx on August 31, 2009 09:03:31 PM
I love all the contrasting colors. I want a garden so I can put one of these in it!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: K3lly on August 31, 2009 09:24:57 PM
Its awesome, I love it.  You did a great job!!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: pinokeeo on August 31, 2009 09:35:07 PM
Excellent transformation.  Now it looks bright and sunny.  Perfect for a garden bench.  Great job.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: chimes on September 01, 2009 05:34:58 AM
AWESOME transformation, but I think those pillows kind of kill it. Maybe try using solid colored black pillows? 

The bench is beautiful on its own!  (but you need pillows for comfort, of course!)  Great work!!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Melvinator on September 01, 2009 09:48:20 AM
These colors make me happy! I love what you did with the yellow/black and white combo.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Kaseyana on September 01, 2009 05:48:58 PM
Wow! Love the bright color.

A couple questions because I've been wanting to do something like this for a while.

1) What type of paint did you use? Any recomendations?
2) Did you make the pillows/cushions? If so, what type of fabric did you use?

Sorry for all the questions, but I'm really inspired! Thanks for sharing.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Starcee on September 01, 2009 06:42:52 PM
How pretty, the yellow really pops.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: greenfaerie on September 01, 2009 08:22:10 PM
Awesome and so very cool to rescue this and keep it for 6 years.  I want one of these lol!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: CraftyCarrie on September 01, 2009 10:02:06 PM
Fabulous!  Is that upholstery fabric?  Where did you get the damask fabric?


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: sjergensen on September 02, 2009 06:36:27 AM
I adore the yellow!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: blue_skiesMN on September 02, 2009 06:42:29 AM
Thanks for all of the compliments :)

To answer the paint question, I used Rust-Oleum "farm series" spray paint, in John Deere Yellow. It took four cans/coats to fully cover it. I thought it would be the easiest type of paint to use, since there are so many small holes in the bench.

The fabric was purchased as remnants at JoAnn Fabrics. The damask fabric for the cushions is upholstry fabric, and the fabric for the pillows is a woven cotton. I think it's one of the quilting fabrics.

Glad you like it!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Dragonflower on September 02, 2009 09:15:26 AM
That yellow really pops and I absolutely love the red and black fabric. I like the contrasts with the black & white, red and yellow.
Don't you love it when something that was scroungy becomes show-stopping?


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Aliped on September 02, 2009 10:19:46 AM
woah! what an awesome transformation! i love it too!

I love it too!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Coma on September 02, 2009 02:25:01 PM
Great job. It is very striking now. I absolutely adore both the fabrics you used.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Trish Fantastic on September 02, 2009 05:17:26 PM
I saw this over on Design Sponge and immediately wanted it. Very cool.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: alorralora on September 05, 2009 10:40:28 AM
Those colors are amazing!  I love the pillows!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: peacenluv78 on September 10, 2009 08:19:48 AM
gorgeous! great job!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: gopoundsand on September 10, 2009 03:27:35 PM
Soooo impressive! I love the shocking yellow with the black and white print  :D


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: GroovyMaryDesigns on September 12, 2009 11:34:23 AM
I am so bad at putting different prints together and it's something I constantly try to improve upon. I would never have thought to put those two fabric prints together, but the result is AWESOME! I love all the colors together, especially the yellow and the red/pinkness of the pillows adds such a great punch! Great job!!!


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: Germanica on October 06, 2009 07:32:01 AM
Amazing. The yellow paint really makes it pop.


Title: Re: Revamped Garden Bench
Post by: neeliarose on November 11, 2009 01:40:56 AM
Gorgeous! I love how bright it is. Very pretty.