Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Bench Is Done And It Came Out Gorgeous!

The other day I mentioned that Lisa and I had scored a solid wood bench at a yard sale. Our plans were to repurpose it into a doggy themed bench. At the time, I wasn't sure how I would decorate the bench after it was primed and painted. I had a few ideas, but nothing concrete. I wasn't sure if I wanted to do lettering and pawprints on the actual bench or make separate plaques. Decisions. Decisions.

Lisa volunteered to clean, prime and paint the bench. That took about 2 days because of the humidity outside. She did a fantastic job. While she was doing that, I went through my big tote of wood and pulled out several pieces that would be ideal for making distressed plaques.

The decision was final.

Lisa cut the wood down to size and I began the process of creating the plaques. I worked on the plaques between work stuff, housework, dinner prep, and whatever else needed to be done throughout the week.

Early this morning, I applied a coat of protective wood gloss. Once dried, I glued the pieces to the bench. By early afternoon, the bench was finally done!

This is the final product and we are both in love with it. I seriously don't want to part with it, but we don't have the floor space for it. Any extra floor space that we have now is going to be filled with DIY doggy beds and pet pillows.

Yes, I paced the house several times asking myself, "If I moved this over here and this over there, it might fit." 

Lisa caught on to what I was doing.

"You don't want to sell this, do you?"

Deep breath in. Exhale slowly.

"Not really. It's a gorgeous piece. One of a kind."

"If you honestly can't part with it, I can make it work."

I sat on her offer for about 5 minutes.

"I'd love to keep this piece, but I know we can't. I need to make some DIY Doggy Beds for our kids and the little floor space that we have open will be for those."

"Well, if you change your mind, let me know."

At that point, I knew that I needed to take photos. Advertise. Get it sold. The longer it remained in our home, the harder it would be to part with it.

We. Shall. See.

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