Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sun And A Prim White Bench

carpenter's bench, distressed painting, vintage, primitive
Finally the sun came out the other afternoon, and the temperature rose above sixty degrees.

It was painting time again.

I knew I had a small window of opportunity to get one big piece finished and maybe several small items.

I was so-o-o-o happy to back outside in the warm sunlight painting away.

Remember the primitive carpenter's bench I bought?

I unloaded it, the mold, the white metal tool caddy and the radiator can.

The radiator can is still soaking to remove the motor oil.

The mold just needed brushing off.

I will show what I did to the metal tool caddy later,

This post is all about sun and a prim white bench!

Ah-h-h, pulling out my painting frame and upending the bench to begin its make-over felt wonderful.

It had been too, too long.

I was basking in the sun.

Can you tell I am an outside kind of girl?

I cleaned with a scrubby brush to get rid of the dust and dirt.

I added a few more dings in the newer looking pieces with a wire brush and a hammer.

Mixed up some thick gesso, chalk paint mixture that I am loving at the moment.

The oops latex paint was an antique white.

I used two coats.

Using a heavy grit sandpaper I created worn spots for distressing.

Banged on it with the wire brush and hammer again.

Gave it two coats of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax - clear.


Look - shadows!


I think this prim white carpenter's bench would be perfect inside a door to store shoes before entering the house.

Or in the craft room pulled up to a work table with the bin to store supplies.

Notice the shadow of a dried stone crop head against the white front? 

I started to paint that detail on it.

I decided not to, but wish I had.

Maybe it wants to be in the garden shed - a bunch of pots could fit into the bench.

Wherever it ends up, I know it will be useful.

Boy, I really wish I had painted that flower shadow on the bench.

But I didn't.

Shortly after finishing up, the clouds returned and a slight drizzle appeared sending me scurrying about to pack the bench in the truck and clean up the painting supplies.

It was fun while it lasted.

Me, the sun, and a prim white bench.

See y'all! 

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  1. It turned out great Donna! I love the idea of using it for shoes by the door. The flower shadow would have been cool painted on.....maybe another piece! It has been beautiful here the past couple days....hoping to take a boat ride this weekend....:)
    Blessings, Vicky

  2. What is bright, warm sun??? Haven't seen it in forever! Please send me some! I love your bench and I'm glad you got to get out, even if it was for a little bit!

  3. It looks wonderful. I actually distressed a grey chair while you were painting. And I cleaned that mice infested toolbox-ick. Btw I found another radiator watering can-we are on a roll! That makes three so far.

  4. Glad you had some sunshine ... that should keep you going for a little while. Too bad it did not last longer so you could paint some more furniture. The bench looks great and it would have been neat to paint the flower shadow. This is a good idea for future projects for you, painting shadows. I do not have a steady hand for painting like that, but a good thought.
    Hope you are enjoying some warmer weather and no ice.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. I love the bench! Great job of distressing too! Wish you had gotten the flower too! I still have so many pieces to do. Ughhhh. This weather! On the days that are pretty, I'm working.

    I heard it's gonna be really icy in your neck of the woods. Be careful!

  6. The paint job definitely improves the look of the bench and I did think you had stenciled a flower on the bench.

  7. It's a lot better in white and please, do pass the sun!

  8. I can see this in so many places! In a bathroom with TP down under, and cuter things on top...in a kitchen with cookbooks and baskets full of cutting boards - so charming! And I like it plain...plain is my favorite. :) Thanks for sharing it, Donna.

  9. Oh I envy you your sun and painting session. We still have weeks to go here before I can even think of doing that. The bench turned out great and it sounds like it will be very versatile! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a happy day! ~Deborah

  10. How nice to think of the sun on my face and a paint brush in my hand..! Sigh!

  11. The only time we have sun these days is when it's -25, and I can't even feel its warmth. How I long to be outside and painting something... anything. Your bench turned out just great. Love the flower shadow. I leave my stone crop up too and usually it looks really pretty in the winter, but this year it's buried under snow and can't even be seen. I'm sooo hoping for an early spring.

  12. What a beautiful transformation!!! Love it.

  13. Oh I love that bench. How come I never see cool things like this in my area? I must not go out enough. That's a great idea about using shadows to paint things, you can always do it some other time, and I'll have to remember that too, easier than stencils... Did you feel the earthquake last night? It was right between you and me! It woke me up! Ice storm, earthquake, what a weird week, huh? Anyway, thank you for sharing this and your Saddest Thrift Tossing article at my History & Home link party this week, Donna, take care! - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  14. Hi Donna, can't wait until I can get out and bask in some sunshine! I did sweep off the deck yesterday and it felt nice to be outdoors. Love the carpenters bench and would love something like that in my (future) garden shed! lol! Yes, it's on the agenda. If not this year, next. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  15. Glad to know someone has sun and warmth in their life. I like you carpenters bench. I think it would be lovely filled with plants and flowers.


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