Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Susan's Toile Bench

Today I'm excited to share a really sweet bench project from Susan, one of the girl's here at Elizabeth & Co. Susan loves benches. Her long chippy bench was the very first item to sell at our fall vintage tag sale. We weren't even open or ready yet, but a woman reached throught the door with a handful of cash and begged to buy Susan's bench right off the front porch. Next thing I knew, Susan was helping her load it up and we'd made our first sale. The funniest part of the story is that my husband thought that bench was so chippy (and he's pretty much used to having chippy stuff in our house), that it would never sell. We're still laughing about that one!





But today's bench is not particularly chippy. It just started out a little sad and brown. Susan thought it would be really cute with just a little love. She picked it up "in her travels". She just always finds the best sales!





She went for a classic look and painted the bench with two coats of Deco Art Americana satin enamel in black, then found the perfect black and white toile fabric in her stash.





She covered the bench with a piece of one inch foam before adding the fabric. And her mother-in-law was nice enough to help pull the toile tight while Susan stapled it all the way around. This is a project that really comes together nicely with an extra pair of hands.




I have this same toile pattern in green and white in my laundry room.




Pretty, don't you think?













It doesn't even look like the same bench!





Thanks so much for sharing Susan. Your bench is beautiful!


And yes, our next vintage tag sale countdown has begun. Only four weeks to go. I sure hope Mother Nature cooperates because we all have a good bit of painting to do!


I'm linking to...



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UndertheTableandDreaming


50 comments:

Restoration House said...

Tell Susan her bench turned out lovely Sharon! Lol
Kim:)

A Vintage Green said...

The chippy bench was a real treasure. They sell quickly. Lovely reinvention of the bench from really 'hmm' to a WOW.
- Joy

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty and classic! i did a rocker in that combo before and it was one of my most favorite chairs to do.

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Beautiful Bench; love the fabric!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

michelle said...

That turned out beautiful! I love the fabric and the black is very chic!

Sherrie said...

The bench was a perfect makeover! Love the toile!

Nana Moon Shop said...

Isn't Toile the best? I just love how this turned out!
~Danylle

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

It looks gorgeous! So classy!

Terry said...

Wow, that is downright beautiful. I love the pattern but even more how it transformed from an ugly ducking. Great stuff.

Humble Homemaker said...

What beautiful fabric! I think this is a beautiful project. Great job. Thanks for sharing. :) I am your newest follower!
Humble Homemaking

Christa Evernham @ Stories of a House said...

It is so pretty with the black legs and toile fabric. She did a great job on it!

Kristen said...

This is very nicely done! Very elegant and sleek. Great job!
www.adventuresofthemichelenafamily.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Very pretty! I love the toile fabric choice!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

Looks beautiful! It definitely needed that cushion. Thanks for linking up!

Kari said...

This looks great! I love that you transformed a table into a bench - so perfect! I'm visiting you from somewhat simple :)

Gracefully Vintage said...

Love it- i always revert to toile for my upholstery very cute -
happy to be a new follower
Karryann

Debra@Common Ground said...

Just gorgeous, and I love the chippy bench too!!
Thanks for linking up to VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Pam said...

Beautiful

Ann-Marie said...

It turned out quite lovely.

Judy said...

That toile bench is really gorgeous...especially from it's humble beginnings. I am your latest follower. I would love if you would come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Susan said...

I love the toile bench! What a wonderful transformation!!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

That's so funny about Susan's bench, Sharon. I can't tell you how many things I've bought for resale that the Yankee just shook his head about. Yet they were often the first things to sell at shows. lol

The toile-covered bench turned out lovely. I love toile...and chippy. ;) Thanks for linking to the party.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Meg said...

It IS beautiful! I love the toile! I'm still looking for the perfect chippy bench...next time she finds one, save it for me! ;)

Rachel said...

am i allowed to love it alot? because i do. for reals. toile is awesome.

WobiSobi said...

It looks Fabulous !! Wonderful Job, I love Toile. LOVE it!!

The Working Home Keeper said...

Beautiful! I love toile!

Mary Ellen

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This is green design at its best!
What a gorgeous bench.
I am having an antique auction on my blog. All sorts of lovely and romantic finds looking for a new home. I hope you'll stop by.

Have a wonderful weekend.

High Street Cottage said...

Oh what a marvy makeover! Very pretty now! Stopping by from Freckled Laundry, to say have a wonderful weekend, xoxo tami

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love it that you thought that bench was too shabby to be loved...and then it was snapped up so fast. I guess everyone has a look they love!!

Sarahx

Cindy said...

That toile covered bench is gorgeous! I love it.
Hugs, Cindy

Annette said...

I just love it!! But then I'm just a sucker for toile!!

emilie said...

What a great bench! I needed ideas for my future project just like this one. Thanks!

Emilie
www.liveeatsmile.blogspot.com

The Lovely in Life said...

Love the Toile, what a great bench makeover.
Found you through the linky party at 504 Main and will follow.

At The Picket Fence said...

You had me at toile! :-) My all time favorite pattern and it could not have been a more perfect choice for that darling little bench. Thank you so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week!
Vanessa

Ellie said...

What an amazing transformation. I love it. Visiting from the T&J linky! http://homestitched.blogspot.com

Emily {WhipperBerry} said...

Beautiful!! Thanks for linking up!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous, I love it!

I am a new follower from Chic on a Shoestring, I would love if you could stop by www.mooseandtater.com

Katrina said...

This would look so lovely by my front door!
Are you sure {ehm} that you don't want to maybe GIVE it to me? :)

Dar said...

Coming to you via TT&J. Love the makeover. I'm on the hunt for a bargain bench to re-do. Great inspiration.

Victoria said...

That bench is gorgeous! I have the same toile on a chair I re-did but in sage green and white. Beautiful makeover on the bench!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Pretty! Pretty! Pretty! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

I love toile! I used it to make a cushion for a bench in my kitchen and I used the left over to cover a stool. I'm pretty sure it's the same fabric you used :)

Love the Decor! said...

Love that bench!! Course anything Toile just makes me happy!!!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

The bench does look great painted and with the toile. Love it.

Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating said...

So cute! thanks for linking Flaunt it Friday :)

Cristie said...

Hi Sharon, the bench look beautiful, what a great find...love the toile fabric, really tops off the bench.

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

The bench turned out beautiful! I love the toile fabric in contrast to the black paint.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

Oh it's just gorgeous!! I love the combo of that fabric with the black. What a great transformation!!
Thanks so much for linking to Think Pink Sundays!! (and for posting the button too!!! ) :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

Great bench! I love a great makeover!
gail

Elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Her bench turned out lovely. I love toile, it is such a classic. I just bought two short sidetables, I am planning a similar project. Great inspiration! Thank you.