Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A flop turned into a gem!


I have been looking for a bench for our master

bedroom for months and months.

Everything was either the wrong size,too expensive,

or just not the right style.

Then I found this bench on Overstock.



I was soooo excited when

it arrived in less than a week after I ordered it.

I took it out of the box and read the instructions……….

then attempted to assemble it.

Notice I said attempted to assemble it.

Uh huh….the pieces would NOT fit together at. all.

I tried forcing it and even

got a hammer out and tried to beat

it together but no luck.

It sat in an unassembled pile for a couple of

days until my husband decided to assemble it for me.

At that point I had decided to return it because the

finish was nothing like the

picture or description on the website and basically

it just looked really cheap.

I was quite shocked when it appeared in our bedroom

assembled one day

when I got out of the shower!!!!

My sweet husband had to work his magic on it but he

did get it assembled.

The only problem was it still looked cheap……….




The finish on the bench

(which was suppose to be a weathered grey oak finish) really

bothered me……….. then it occurred to me one night

while laying in bed…..why not just paint it?!?!

After all it could only look better not worse right?!?!?

I figured I could always move it to

the guest bedroom if it didn’t look right in the

master bedroom since I

have no furniture in that room yet.




A HUGE improvement don’t you think?

It’s amazing what

a little paint can do isn’t it?




I’m still working on

a couple of little details in

the master bedroom but hope to have pics of it SOON!!!!

I feel like I have been

working on the room for years…….


Joining the party at:

 Savvy Southern Style




Kelly said...

I love it! You turned an ordinary bench into something extraordinary! The paint finish you used was the perfect solution. It looks more like a french antique now. Great job!!

Restyled Vintage said...

You totally rescued that cheap looking piece and made it stunning, well done!

fikir projeleri said...

ıt's very nice :)))

Martha said...

You put your own stamp on a humdrum bench!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

It looks so much better - great job on the painting and distressing! Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I hate when that happens, Des. You order something online based on the picture and the color is nothing like it when it arrives. I think painting it was a great solution and it does look so much better. It goes so well with your bedding and the cushion on the bench.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wow, the paint made a huge difference. That was certainly not the finish it said it was. It looks great and I am searching for the perfect bench, too.

Becca said...

It looks BEAUTIFUL! Though you were right, the finish looked nothing like the online picture. Hate when that happens. Great save, Des!
xo Becca

Kathleen said...

What a showpiece! I agree with the other commenter, it looks very French now. Good job!

Designing Domesticity said...

What an improvement. I really like it. I just can't seem to bring myself to purchase furniture online for that very reason. Thanks for sharing, liz

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

O my gosh, Des. You took an 'ugly duckling' and turned it into a swan. You said it first, but you were right, if I had read the description, I wouldn't have thought it's finish would look like that, although the cushion is pretty. But after you got through with it there is no comparison. It's beautiful and looks really great with your spread..Happy Wednesday..Judy

Terry Moore said...

Wow, paint is amazing and you have made this new girl sing!

Kate said...

I love how you transformed it!! I love gray anyway but it looks perfect. Can't wait to see all of the photos when you are ready. Have a great week


paperjunk-lc said...

Looks great...can't believe it's the same piece. Did you use AS chalk paint?

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Great job, it turned out perfect!!!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Wow!!! Just goes to show how a tad of paint can make a huge change...love it!! Hop over this week and share it at my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.


Zolane said...

I can't get over the transformation of your bench. Incredible job! Now I'm thinking it may be the perfect bench for my guest room if it's still available on overstock.com. Did you happen to use chalk paint?

Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Pamela said...

It's amazing what a little paint can do! That was super sweet of your hubby!