Monday, December 19, 2011

French Country Bed Bench Before and After

Hello fellow bloggers and friends I hope all your Christmas plans are going well and the shopping is done.

I have a lovely before and after today of a bed bench I picked up a while back at a local re-sale shop.

Here’s the after.


Now here is the before.


It did not look so bad but I wanted a more Country French look with a cushion.

First I painted it with about three coats of Annie Sloan’s new color Coco.  I then distressed it and dry brushed on a coat of Old White.



After the bench had dried I cut two pieces of waffled foam the kind you put on a bed. I used a queen size so that I would have a piece long enough.

I used upholstery glue to adhere the two pieces together and to glue it to the top. Next I covered the padding with batting and stapled it down.


I covered it with osenberger fabric because I feel that it looks the most like a grain sack.  I had transferred a cherub image, some flourishes and roses to the fabric using the Citrasolv method.  You can find the tutorial for using this transfer method here. The images came from The Graphic’s Fairy.


One of the ends with the flourishes and roses.



I hope you enjoyed this before and after as much as I enjoyed re-furbishing it. Smile


Here's a couple of better pictures of the paint on the bench.

I'm sharing with the following parties.


shabby creek cottage

French Country Cottage

The 36th Avenue

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special


Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful! I painted my bench white and still have not bought the material for the seat. I have had it a year....something always get in the way.

Kathleen said...

Another wonderful transformation! I love the cherub and scrolls. Happy Holidays!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

I love your beautiful bench! Great Job :)

aimee said...

It turned out great I love what you did with it xxx

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing your technique.

Heather Jacob said...

stunning work .. hugz x

Stevie from said...


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What a charmer!! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Karajeanne said...

Lovely, I especially like the cherubs

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! I'm your newest fan! Please stop by if you get a chance. Have a blessed day!

Deidre said...

Oh so FRENCH!!! Very beautifully done:) I love the color too! Im following you please stop over and follow me too:)Deidre~

Jen said...

I LOVE IT! What a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial!! said...

Love your bench! the colors are perfect! I'm now a follower

The Other Me Is Sane said...

very informative post about the fabric you chose and the transfers. I'm going to look for that fabric and try it out.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty! love the colors and finish on the base of the bench! and i love that you made it a bench- how clever!

Katie said...

This is amazing! You did a wonderful job on this bench!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh what a beautiful bench!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Oh wow! I love your bench!


Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Wow love the bench! What a great transformation!! Good job!

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