Projects and getting them DONE!

Sunday, August 22, 2010
I have SEVERAL projects hanging over my head. I have a whole list of excuses and some of them actually hold pretty true. I have been very preoccupied with my folk's 50th party AND it has been so blasted hot and humid...but mostly, I have just been putting stuff off. I decided that this weekend I was going to get some stuff done. I picked 2 projects and determined they would get finished this weekend. I am 50% done!

Months ago, I picked this bench up at our local Goodwill store for $10.00. I LOVE the turned legs and the sturdy construction but HATED the dated coloring. My plan was that it would go in my entryway. I always wanted a bench for that spot. At first I left it sit in the garage...then I brought it in and lived with the unattractive color for a few weeks while I thought of what color to paint it. That was motivation to get busy!

I finally decided on Licorice Rope by KILZ. I had lots of opinions and few of them saw my vision of painting it black but I kept that vision.

TaDa!! Isn't it just lovely?! I have a pillow project for this bench that I gleened from one of my favorite blogs. Check back on that one....I may not get to the pillows until after vacation.

I did say I was 50% finished. My other project is this little chest. I have prepped it and painted it with primer but the finishing will have to wait until this afternoon. BTW, this little beauty goes in my kitchen!

Sharing today at Stephanie Lynn's Showcase Sunday and Susan's Met Monday events! Thanks ladies for the inspiration to get things DONE!! I am also going to hook up with Craft-O-Maniac..thanks Jen for the invite.


  1. Love the bench, great job!

  1. Sara said...:

    It is lovely! What a pretty color! Not just any old black. I've dropped by from Stephanie Lynn's blog. :)

  1. jAne said...:

    I have a fairly lengthy list of projects and not enough time to do them. Goodness, why are there only 24 hours in a day?! hehe.

    I like the licorice color on the table and that you put the table on banker boxes while doing the project. Ingenious!

  1. Lori said...:

    I love the bench for only $10! I need to start looking around a little more. My mom actually has the same picnic basket as the bigger one under your bench.

  1. Your bench turned out gorgeous. Love it. That little chest is just stunning. Love, love, love it with the pretty design on the front. What a great find. Hugs, Marty

  1. Deb said...:

    I love your new to you bench!

  1. It looks great! I try to keep telling everyone about how great the Kilz colors paint is! I use it for everything! I also bought the same black color to do the furniture I purchased. Love how it turned out!

  1. Connie said...:

    Ten bucks at Goodwill? That was a great purchase and an even greater make over.

  1. Good for you. I'm seeing more and more black around Blogland these days. I have to say, I love handpainted furniture, even though I don't own any. I actually love the little chest with the flowers on the front.

  1. fiberdoodles said...:

    They both look amazing! Great job ;0)

  1. I LUV LUV LUV the bench. Whatever the pillows look like that you have planned will just make it that much prettier but it already is. What a bargain! I like the chest for your kitchen too, I can hardly wait to see that project done. you did good this wknd, I mainly played and was very lazy. Now of course I regret it.

  1. Jenglamgirl said...:

    Hello there coming over from BNOTP.. love your bench re-do looks great. I infact have the exact same bench and am ready to paint it white and give it a worn glaze look. Mine is at the foot of my bed. P.S. You can link this up to my Link party Craft-O-Maniac Monday going on right now, if you want. Have a super NIGHT. jen

  1. This is a great project and I love that color!!! Can't wait to see your pillows on it!!!
    Some pumpkins on it will be wonderful for the fall!!!

  1. Jane said...:

    I'm loving the bench black...very classy! That dresser has great lines, too. I like it the way it is, but what color are you painting it?


  1. Julie Harward said...:

    Love the bench..that is a lot of work and you did a great job! :D

  1. Cute little bench.You did good!

  1. Love the bench! The black was a great choice!

  1. Janean said...:

    the bench looks FAB black!

    i'm off to read a little more......

  1. malia said...:

    The bench looks great! I'd say you were extremely productive (-:

  1. Sue said...:

    Love the little yellow chest, just gorgeous!


  1. Heather said...:

    I love the bench! Would love if you would link it to my new link party!

  1. Marty said...:

    I love it=) Found you through crafty Monday=)

  1. Petie said...:

    You did a great job! Looking forward to seeing the pillow project. Nice job on the chest going into the kitchen too.

    Love those baskets under the bench. I have that old milk bottle've inspired me to bring it indoors and PROBABLY PAINT IT :)

    Tks for stopping by.

  1. I'm always amazed at the transformation a little paint makes. What a great job! Yes! It's lovely! Jacqueline

  1. Drooling over the bench! It looks great! You got a great deal! I love black furniture - except for that dratted dusting part. Now I'm very curious about the other piece. Looking forward to seeing it's results.

  1. Kathy said...:

    Goodmorning! I love the transformation - It looks great! A much better improvement! I can't wait to see what you do with the chest.
    Hope you have a fantastic day!

  1. That is a fabulous bench, Gail, and you did a great job. I like the chest too. What wonderful finds!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  1. Atticmag said...:

    Black is looking so great on furniture right now -- the bench look so expensive now. Thanks for stopping by to see us.

    Good news! We're staring a Friday Giveaway link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we have an amazing giveaway. Please join us. Jane F.

  1. love your bench! it's perfect there!
    stopping by from bnotp

  1. Kim said...:

    This turned out so nice, Gail. Much better than the before. Your milk can and picnic baskets make it look charming.

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