Thursday, March 28, 2013

Gray Providence Bench

I think I posted three times last week, but we all knew I would never keep that up! 

I have busily been working on a batch of new signs which are going on display at Ruffles & Rust in Snohomish, on consignment.  I am so excited to have my work appear in an actual store, for the first time!  So cross your fingers for me…or if you’re in the area, drop in and rave about them, even if you don’t buy anything, OK??


In my spare time, I have been working on a new bench for some of my favorite people (they commissioned a table, buffet, and coffee table previously).

Gray Providence Bench Ana White

This is Ana White’s Providence Bench, although this one has a top made from three 2x6’s rather than four 2x4’s, ala Shanty 2 Chic.

Gray Providence Bench Ana White

I was supposed to stain this bench gray…and what a disaster that turned out to be!  I have been a faithful Minwax fan, but there’s been a lot of talk in the blogosphere about Rustoleum stains, so I decided to try the “sunbleached” color. 

Can I just say….ugh!

Where the gray “took,” it was a lovely shade, but everywhere else the wood turned a very unflattering yellowish-orange shade.  I was not impressed.  Subsequent attempts to alter the color with additional coats of stain (first Rustoleum…then Minwax)  did not impress it in the least.

So I resorted to my old friend…paint.

While I left the some of the gray-stained wood showing, I dry-brushed white and gray paint in layers over the orange.  I finished up with a glaze of ebony stain (Minwax brand, for sure), and it highlighted all the carefully contrived distressing I allowed my 11-year-old boy to give to the bench (it was the highlight of his day, honestly).

Gray Providence Bench Ana White

I was nervous that the new owners might be disappointed in a painted finish rather than a stained one, but they don’t seem to be! 


Gray Providence Bench Ana White

And you know what?  I think it looks pretty fabulous myself!

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Full Circle Creations said...

I think it looks great! Nice save!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Definitely fabulous Korrie!

Art and Sand said...

Sometimes it pays to just stick with what you know.

The bench did turn out pretty sweet in the end.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I think it looks great, Korrie!

Jaime Costiglio said...

Korrie you've done it again, another beauty. Thanks for the stain advice, I'm a true Minwax lover too.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Love this! You did an awesome job! The color is beautiful.

Unknown said...

I think you did a great job - it's beautiful!

Homeroad said...

Beautiful! I think you could lend yourself out as a carpenter!

My Repurposed Life said...

I think the bench is perfect! so sorry you went to so much trouble, but the end result is beautiful Korrie.

love it!

Rachel said...

Loving these projects!! You are inspiring me! AGAIN! :D

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sometimes it is so hard to step out of your box and try something new...good for you to try it. The paint looks great and I am sure that they will enjoy it for many years to come. HAPPY EASTER!!!


Bliss said...

I can't help but think the move has really really agreed with you! Look at all the great things happening.


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Gypsy Heart said...

So sorry you had all the problems. It looks gorgeous to me! Paint seems to always save the day. :)


Gypsy Heart said...

P.S. Congratulations on having your signs in a store! I know you're going to be very successful. I can say I knew you when.... :)

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Cyndee@Restyled-Junk said...

Beautiful job! I love it!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

As is often the case, failure led to smashing success! I love how the bench turned out. I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!