4.14.2011

The Kjarring Bench - Custom Refinish Before & After

Before Michelle sent us the above pictures in an email that was entitled "Can you fix this wood bench?" Why yes we can! And then we will want to keep it! Michelle told us that they had recently found this bench down in a cellar that had not seen the light of day for years. It was a bench that her husband and his siblings had used to sit around the dinner table about fifity years ago. She wanted to perserve the old look and feel because it had some wonderful memories. She wanted it more stable, sturdy and functional so she could use it as a bench in her entry way. After The layered paint is all natural! Mike made some repairs but kept the original nails.I think the original shabby chic look fits this perfectly. We would not have recommended it any other way! The old nails and layered paint is priceless. Mike also found an old newspaper that was stuck underneath the seat of the bench and preserved it for the memories. He also preserved this old wad of gum someone stuck on the bench! How could he scrape off this wonderful history! We hope Michelle and her family are very happy with their greeting bench and we appreciate the opportunity in giving it new life.



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12 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love a good bench and now this one is a beauty!

Josie said...

Such a nice bench. And I love how you decorated it. That little wire basket is adorable!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Love it, you did a great job retaining the look and feel of the original paint. I'd want to keep it too! Thanks for linking up to VIF, xo Debra

The DIY Show Off said...

So pretty - I love it! :)
Thanks for sharing! :)

Roeshel

Marianne said...

What a nice facelift for this great little bench. Love how you decorated it.
Marianne :)

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

i bet they are loving it, you did a great job...i love it!

michelle said...

Oh my goodness I am so far behind!!! This turned out so cute, you did a wonderful job breathing new life back into this little bench! :)

Marianne@Songbird said...

What a lovely bench. So good that such a lovely sentimental piece gets a new lease on life.

raggygirlvintage said...

How perfect to have a shabby bench with such sweet memories attached!
Tracey

Amy Kinser said...

What a wonderful job you did. And, I love that the wad of gum was left.

Nice to visit with you. Amy

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your bench. It is wonderful and so glad you rescured it. Gorgeous vignette also. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

SO glad the original was preserved (along with the gum a and newspaper!) -- fantastic!

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