Saturday, June 19, 2010

Big Reveal!!

Can you guess what we built today?

It's our new dining room bench! We got the plans from Ana at Knock Off Wood. Except her plans were for a 54 in bench so we modified it and made a 6 footer.
Now I just have to figure out how I want to finish it! I would love suggestions.

This is what my dining room looks like (well a few months ago actually). Now I need to tie in my rustic country bench and shabby chic dresser. Did I mention I found this table and chairs for $50 on Craigslist! See this post on my dining room.

And instead of the armoire I now have this blue buffet/dresser- see here. I am actually going to redo this look on another longer dresser I found recently. Ahh shoot me.

But I think it will be good, because this time I think I will leave the top brown to tie into the table better and darken up the blue a bit.
I love all the colors in this fabric.
No I am not afraid of color- but don't want to over do it.
Should the top of the bench be stained dark brown with the bottom painted blue/turquoise to match the dresser?
Should it all be stained to match the table?
Should I paint the chairs and bench a distressed black? Maybe with a little blue peeking though?
Should I refinish all my pieces?

Oh the possibilities! What would you do?


  1. What would I do? I'd send a pic to Danielle and ask her what to do with it!!

  2. I like the idea of a dark stained top for the bench to tie in with the table and doing a distressed turquoise like the dresser on the bottom of the bench. I would find a fabric that ties in the turquoise and cover the seats of your chairs as well.

  3. The buffet you did is outstanding; I absolutely love it! You'll figure out your bench. Just allow yourself a little time and when you come up with the right idea, you'll just know cause everything will click. And yeah for those moments. Wonderful project here! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  4. Beautiful job on that bench! I love the supports, really neat style. And that buffet... oh my. Love it!

    I agree with Sally and would like to add, get all else done first and it'll make sense on what to do.


  5. That bench is just what I need for the end of my bed. I've been meaning to make one for ages. I love it!

  6. Yes, dark on top- blue on bottom = GORGEOUS! You do good work girl!

  7. One or two painted pieces give a room character and command attention, when everything is painted, then it takes away from the whole design. I would leave the table and chairs stained, stain the top of the buffet and possibly stain the bottom of the bench. The top could be painted also or a wonderful cushion placed on top. Fabric could be a wonderful accent to tie everything together. Beautiful pieces and the bench is wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  8. Isn't it nice to ahve a handy husband? I think us girls are lucky to have boys who do projects for us.

  9. Love the lines on this little bench. Someone already stole my suggestion! Grr. :) I like the idea of doing a dark stain on the top OR bottom and then adding the turquoise color. Good luck!

  10. This bench turned out great! You did a great job!


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