Monday, October 22, 2012

Bob the Bench

 I was getting things together and tagged to go to the booth when I realized I did not have anything to stack  Rusty Rene' for display.
(Read about Rusty Rene' here.)  

I found this little bench hiding under a couple of tables waiting to be painted.  He was plain, but already a creamy white and distressed naturally with age.

Bob, I thought.  

A plain, but dutiful bench.

Now, all the other benches and stools I had collected for the store display had been adorned with every possible type of embellishment:  stamps, stencils, images, tassels, tags, and even a skirt.  Read here.

I couldn't let Bob show up naked!

The Graphic Fairy to the rescue.  I did not even have to print it out.  I had done that a couple of months ago, but had forgotten to reverse this copy.

Please notice that it is not a bee, not a French label, not a bird, but there is a mention of sheep!

It assures me that this product is safe and reliable - just like Bob!

 Using just the regular, old Mod Podge method, I coated the bench and slapped on the label.  

Made sure there were no wrinkles or bubbles.

Lightly sanded and put two more coats over the label.

I gave Bob a waxing with Minwax Finishing Paste, and he was ready to join the party.

He is larger than the others and not as ornamented, but he will definitely pull his weight.

He is . . . 


(Please say this aloud in a deep bass voice.)

Now, after this short break to extol the virtues of being plain, but reliable, this plain, but reliable person is back at work sorting through fabric.  Can one person have too much fabric?  My answer is a resounding NO!  The stash just has to be organized lest you end up with about ten yards of osnaburg.  Really, did I just say TEN YARDS!?!  How many fabric transfers will that make?  Who knows, but the new rule is if I keep it, I have to use it!

See y'all!

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  1. Oh you're good Donna!!! I love it

  2. I'm loving Bob's face lift, LOL.
    Have a marvelous Autumn Day, :)

  3. I am so glad to see that you didn't send Bob out naked! Cute post! Hugs, Penny

  4. The graphic is perfect for that table/bench.

  5. Bob the Bench looks great with his new transfer, sheep and all.

  6. Bob is better now! I love that you always seem to know just what to do with your pieces! It would take me weeks to figure out and then a few more to get started!!

  7. That -suits- him very well!

    Have a great day!

  8. Bob the Bench looks wonderful with his new label. By the way...there is no such thing as too much fabric:-)

  9. Donna, for sure no two of your benches are alike! Love Bob.

  10. Bob is rock solid. Your organizational efforts are creating more and more projects for you to do. That's always the way, but you are obviously up for the task. I say keep on gettin' 'er done.

  11. Hi Donna, I just love Bob the Bench. It turned out wonderful. Don't you just love The Graphics Fairy. So nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I enjoyed visiting your blog and now a new follower.
    Happy Creating,
    Celestina Marie

  12. What a great redo! Gotta love the Graphics Fairy, I'd be lost without her!!

  13. This looks charming, Donna! Just love it! It would look awesome in my living room!! :o)

    Thanks so much for linking up to Blissful Whites Wednesday!
    Have a lovely Friday and weekend!

  14. Good Ole Bob! Handy and sturdy...

  15. Bob the Bench looks quite handsome. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  16. You know, I heard you shouldn't name things, because you will get too attached to them. Does that happen to you? And yes, that is a lot of fabric :) yay for you! Bob looks great! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

  17. This is cute. I have a thing for little benches, and if they are small enough, use them on top of tables to elevate displays.

    Good grief. I sound like I work in Macy's. My "displays." You know what I mean!

    Found you through Coastal Charm!


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