Thursday, August 23, 2012

Let's gossip!

You probably need to be of a certain age to remember the telephone table or gossip bench as it was more commonly called. Gossip benches were very popular in the 40's and 50's. Today it's hard to imagine that you actually had to sit in one spot to talk on the phone.  Phones were only as portable as the length of your cord.


At the time, the gossip bench was probably considered a very clever creation - a place to sit and a spot for the phone - all in one!


This Danish Modern style gossip bench arrived in my driveway as a freebie from a friend. Thanks so much Meghan! Of course it was brown and had a vinyl seat.


I painted it one white and added some much needed cushioning (for those long conversations).


And added a bright and happy fabric.


And what a handy little shelf a your phone book!


Cute, right?


And this Early American style gossip bench came from a flea market late in the day. The seller offered it to me for $2. Seriously, how could I say no to that?


This one went a nice bright shade of aqua.


I don't actually remember having a gossip bench when I was growing up. But I do remember sharing a party line. That was sometimes very entertaining!


But just for fun, I decided to give the gossip bench a try!


We've definitely come a long way baby!

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31 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I remember those. They were quite the fashion back then. Our phone was on the wall in the kitchen, so no bench. Hugs, Marty

Stacey said...

Those turned out so cute! I did one in the past...
here is the link:

http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/01/antique-phone-chair.html

I will snag them whenever I see them!
Stacey :o)

Ali Richardson said...

Soooo fun! I love them both, but am of course partial to the aqua one. Great job!

Leslie Harris said...

The aqua one is my favorite. And yes, it's hard to imagine sitting in one place to talk on the phone. It seems like another world.
Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

GirlRural.com said...

I love them both! I've yet to find a good deal on a little gossip bench. For my modern day use I'd put this to work as my laptop desk. Internet surfing is close to conversation these days!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

they are both adorable, cottagey and eclectic in their own right!

Rebecca said...

I'm so jealous!! Wish I could come across one of those. And for $2?! Geeez!

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

So crazy to think back to a time before cell phones. We don't even have a land line now! These are so cute!

uniquelyyoursormine.com said...

Love 'em! I redid one for my 10 year old which she just loves... No phone but drawing for sure! - Susan

NanaDiana said...

My daughter has the one that belonged to her grandmother-wait-she gave it to her brother, my son. It is in excellent shape is and is rounded but covered in LEATHER! How 'bout that!?! I love the ones you have shown here- Nice job on do overs~ xo Diana

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

Sharon, you always choose the best fabrics!!

Scrap4Therapy said...

Love it. We had a makeshift version as I was growing up. Cute hall table with a chair right next to it!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

They both turned out fantastic, Sharon. :) Megan

the cape on the corner said...

i love the danish one! my inlaws have one similar, but it folds into itself and then look like a little table only. does that description make sense, lol?

Vanessa Dawne said...

Oh wow, gossip benches were almost a status symbol in my family -- they did tend to talk a lot! My Nana & Great-Aunts had the more traditional kind, while ours was 'very modern' -- more like the Danish one here. They were all brown wood but the seats would get re-upolstered with new fabric every few years.

Thanks for awakening some old memories, Sharon!
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AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

Fantastic makeovers! I'll be posting about my own gossip bench makeover tomorrow. :)

Angela

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

These are two super makeovers! I have my very own freebie gossip bench that is in needs of some serious TLC ...

... your makeovers have me thinking ...

Thanks for the inspiration!

:)

Linda

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my gosh my Grandma had one of these. I had forgotten all about it. I wonder what happened to hers...love your color choices!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Cute! I have a gossip bench in my kitchen. It's yellow. I like yours with the cute fabric on the seat. Well, I like the aqua one too but I've never seen one like the first, so it caught my eye.

ARod said...

i don't remember them but am loving your transformations although i do remember the very very very long cord so it went into my room from the kitchen lol

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

so cute! I love the fabric on the first one. :)

gail

Nora's Mom said...

They both look great! I'm glad you could use it. I didn't even know what it was! Hope your computer data transfer was eventually successful. - Meghan J.

Sue McPeak said...

What a great job you did on both of the 'Gossip Benches'. I've actually had one much like the Early American one you painted blue. Old habits are hard to break...I still find myself talking on the portable and staying in one place...looking for the cord to wind around my finger while I talk...LOL!!! Did you do that, too?

Sarah said...

Wonderful benches, I wish I had one! You did a great job updating them.
:-)

Holly Lefevre said...

LOVE! My mom has two of these and I want to steal them.Love gossip benches so much!

Missy Shay said...

I have been looking for a gossip bench. My grandmother had one, I love them!

trillium said...

Love that aqua! Would make a good reading spot if it got a bright cushion!

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Linda @ A La Carte said...

So cute! I have a gossip bench that needs painting! You have inspired me!

Tami Von Zalez said...

The upside to having the phone in one place was parents could eavesdrop on their kid's conversations ...

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LV said...

You really opened my memory bank. I worked 40 years for the telephone company, so I know all about these benches. I always thought they were neat.

suzyq said...

Beautiful transformations!!!
I don't remember party lines but definitely remember gossip benches - although we just called them phone tables - love the term Gossip Bench :)
Hugs,
Suzan