Monday, October 14, 2013

Brunch With A Bunch Of Benches

Last week I had brunch with a bunch of benches for several mornings in a row.  They were all sizes and shapes, but what united them was the color gray.

My new favorite color.

I also played with my new favorite product - makes anything a chalkboard.

Of course there were images from The Graphics Fairy involved with grpahite paper and a black paint pen.

You can see a small bench, an oval bench, a medium bench, a small stool (folds down into a step stool), and a slatted fold-up stool.

Okay, so technically they were not ALL benches.

 The oval bench's top opens in the middle to reveal a small storage space.

This used to be the tulip bench, but after sanding the tulips have gone away.

The other guinea pigs,er, benches, lined up - all had to be sanded and painted gray.

Here they are in that cool gray tone.  The small fold-up bench I had stained with Minwax Mission Oak before the photo.

And I left out the step stool.

Ah, there she is with her silhouette of a little girl training her dog.

Stamped "sit spot sit" on the seat for obvious reasons.

Added a little blue around the edges and gave it a coat of varnish.


I transferred some birds to the small bench. then used DecoArt Chalkboard Coating (Hobby Lobby) to make the top a chalkboard.

No, I am not paid nor given this product for free.

I really like it.

See?  A chalkboard!

The tiny fold-up bench received a Paris graphic.

No chalkboard here - the slats were too narrow to write anything.

The medium bench with an Eiffel tower image and a chalkboard finish.

See - you can write right over the image.

The oval bench with the French bee image and a lousy pun written in chalk.

Now let us gaze upon the whole family of benches.

The bird bench and the bee bench.

 Spot and Paris lounging on the patio.

The bird, the bee and the Eiffel hanging out together.

The whole family reunited before they head over to the booth.

Yes, that is Willie's behind in the photo.  He insisted on running back and forth.

Yes, we do feed him.  He is just a skinny dog.

Back to the benches.

I love the gray.

I love the images. (Thank you, Karen at The Graphics Fairy!)

I love that product to make anything a chalkboard.

I will promise not to do another post for at least three days on chalkboards.

I will promise not to do another post on something painted gray for at least four days.

I will promise to be right back here to show you some vintage finds from a Low Country crawl with my niece Leia and will introduce you to Summerville, South Carolina - the official birthplace of sweet iced tea!

See y'all!

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  1. LOVE it!! I recently painted my Powder Room gray and love it!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  2. They're perfect! I love the look!!! And I love that light gray color!

  3. Donna, thanks for showing that product, clear chalkboard coating? Never heard of it but I'll be getting some now! Your benches look great. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It

  4. I love benches and stools; I can never pass them up! You did a great job with all of them.

  5. I love them all...and I had never heard of that I will have to try it. So awesome

  6. Are you telling me there's a product that will make anything into a chalkboard? What? Love everything about your benches. I might have to make the long trip to an actual craft store to get that chalkboard coating.. I really need to get me some!

  7. Beautiful! Love all the fun! I am a new follower...would love if you could follow back

  8. How clever of you -- they are all adorable!

  9. Oh just lovely!! I love the grey girl!! I'm still intrigued by that chalkboard stuff and even more so after seeing that you can write right over an image! Awesome!

  10. Wow, what fabulous makeovers they all look amazing. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. Great assortment of benches! I love little things like this for my home and booth. They are great for quick makeovers.

  12. Chalkboard paint sounds intriguing - would be great for the grandkids.

  13. That is really neat! I love all of your benches!

  14. All your little stools are so cute and versatile, love 'em in gray. Clever to make some into chalkboards. Great post. Hope I can find that bird image at Graphics Fairy.

  15. This grey is very pretty and love the chalkboard stuff.

  16. All your stools are super cute. I love the color and the special touches. So sweet.....

  17. They are all so pretty - great image transfers! I'm lov'n the light grey color of your chalkboard paint. I found you over at Wow Us Wednesday.

  18. Love, Love your color choice. Grey is really so pretty....on about anything!!! The Chalkboard paint is a wonderful find. So excited to try it. Thanks so much for sharing a wonderful idea. On my way to get some. Have a great day!! :)

  19. Love you benches! But now I "bee" wanting some chalkboard medium!!


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