dining bench redo

dining bench redo

Whew, we made it through the weekend. This past weekend we had Nora’s birthday, she is now 7! I will have lots of goodies, projects and crafts to share. I am thinking next week it will be a Frozen party craft extravaganza. It will be all about the DIY, one project after another. I need some time to organize the pictures and projects. Some decompressing and reflection is needed before I attempt to do the Frozen project tutorials. When I say reflection I mean stare at a wall and not hear kids, screaming, no more throw up (oh yeah, it happened), pick up shirts from already peed in toilets (also happened), clean, or do anything but sit in a comatose state for minimum of 5 days. I should be able to arrange that….. decision time, to kick the kids out or run away? It is one or the other for me to decompress.

For better or worse it is Monday, and I am eager to get back to normal. So, today I am sharing a great dining room bench redo for my usual Monday project. We had purchased this bench from a great wood craftsman store where all of the pieces are untreated or “naked”. With the plans to paint it eventually. We finally got around to painting it, almost 4 years later. Not procrastinating, just busy bee’s.

I have to say that when I use the phrase “I did” it is really Dale on this one. I am still struggling with my shoulder injury, so Dale did all of this while I iced my shoulder on the couch. I don’t get to rest it a lot during the day and this particular project was done at night. That is when I try to get all of the recommended ice and rest I am supposed to do all day, I make it count for a hour or two in the evening. I do what I can.

With this coming from a naked wood furniture store there is no stain on it. Dale did some light sanding to get all of the gook off that the kids have on it. I am embarrassed to say there was a sticky glaze over this that was not original to the piece. This was courtesy of my crew of littles. So Dale sanded it, just a little. Then using some left over green, painted it. The color is a sea foam, sage green. Dale did one coat, going from side to side. Making sure to get the paintbrush in the grooves of the bench. Once one coat was done and dried he decided to add another coat to the top. To give it full coverage.


After that it was done! I don’t know why we put it off for so long. It literally took us (Dale) all of 1 hour including wait time for drying. We ended up changing this and finally painting it because of a somewhat big change we did in the dining room. It will be up on Homedit soon. I am so excited to share it. But, it is a unrevealed surprise until it goes live. For now enjoy the simple and lovely dining room  bench redo.

I like breaking out and doing projects like this. This is a prime example of a can of paint being all you need to update a space. Putting this fun green color on the bench it brings out the lines and details on it. Creating a new bench with nothing more then a paint brush. All weekend we had people over, many sat on this bench. And all either commented on how cute it was, and/or when did we get a new bench. I gleefully exclaimed it was just redone. Nothing like a humble brag on this great, quick and simple DIY to get the conversation of redoing pieces started. Anyone can give it a try.
We did this while the kids were in bed. It was adorable when the kids woke up in the morning to eat breakfast. The boy’s noticed right away, and were very excited to sit on the new green bench. Nora sat there eating her oatmeal in a fog of morning hate. About 15 minutes after eating she paid attention enough to hear what the boys were actually talking about. She peeked under the table and commented that it was really green. She never clarified if it was a good or bad thing. Just a green thing. I mean, it is not like it is lime green or anything. I considered it subtle. I guess subtly is in the eye of the beholder, and I behold this to be a project worth the hour. Dale would agree since he is the one who invested the hour.
Ok, we had some fun too. These are my peeps and I am kind of in love with them.
Before you throw out that old bench, want to update it with something new. Take this as an example of what can be done with a can of paint. Update the space by using the same stuff. That is what being crafty is all about. I made my decision, instead of locking my kids out or running away to reflect and decompress,  I am just going to do what most Mom’s do in my situation….. clean up, do dishes, laundry, pack lunches, organize left overs, get kids to school, take my newly 7 year old to the Dr. for a check up, give my three year old his antibiotic for his ear infection…… you know decompress and reflect…..
 Is there anything sitting around your house that could get some new life brought into it by painting it? Anyone have any sure fire ways to relax and get some me time while still getting everything else done? Magic, animal sacrifice, chocolate? Anyone? Tell me your secrets!


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  1. Looks great! Hope you're taking it easy on that shoulder! What a week you had. The bench is a great addition! I painted our nasty old piano bench with chalk paint and I love it now!

  2. Love that color and I hope most of the work was one by someone else… Shoulders don't heal themselves- okay, they do but you have to give them time! 🙂

    Great job on that bench, girly!

    • Thank you, it is a great color green. My husband Dale did it while I was icing my shoulder and being miserable. I like to paint, and am running out of patience for this injury!

  3. Awesome project, I'll be featuring it tonight on The LadyPrefers2Save for this weeks Merry Monday's!

  4. Hello cute lady! I’m loving it. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for partying with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. It looks great! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week.

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