February 27, 2012

Gossip bench!!!!







I have always loved little gossip benches! I remember going to auctions with my dad and always being drawn to these cute little chairs. Well, Troy and I were at an auction recently and I bought several pieces of furniture including a gossip bench. I didn't even notice it when I passed by earlier in the day mainly because people were sitting on all of the furniture..GRRRR! It was the end of the auction and Troy had already started to load the van with my other buys while I scoped out the last auction items. I wasn't paying much attention until I looked over at the auctioneer and saw what he was sitting on. He actually auctioned off the bench WHILE sitting on it! I decided it must be sturdy and I decided to bid and win I did. When Troy came in from loading and reloading the furniture so it would all fit, I was standing there holding my prize. Lets just say he wasn't impressed, but he picked it up and found it a space because he loves me so much!





Soooooo, this gossip bench wasn't much of a beauty, but it had nice legs and a curved back that appealed to me.




The first thing I did was to sand the laminate table top so the primer would stick better. I will never understand why the tabletop is the only thing on this bench that isn't solid wood....just strange. I then lightly primed the high traffic areas on the bench with spray primer. I had the hardest time deciding what color to paint this piece because I hadn't found any fabric that seemed right. The bench sat in our shed for a few weeks until I spotted this cute black fabric with funky green leaves. The green screamed 70's which fit perfect with this retro bench. Once I painted the bench with my new sprayer, I gave it a light distressing.











I hope you enjoy the pop of color as much as I do!!! I recovered the bench pad and made a pillow for the back and added a couple of coordinating fabric roses to the pillow. I love this bench!!!


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38 comments:

  1. Your telephone bench came out very nice. I think it's lots older than the 1970's, maybe the 1940's.

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  2. Thanks! I couldn't decide....that partical board/laminate tabletop threw me ;)

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  3. awesome!!!!! I've been drooling over that fabric - or one like it anyway in good ole' Wal Mart. :) LOVE the green paint you paired with it!!!

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  4. This looks fab! I would love one. The green is fantastic!!

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  5. Looks beautiful!

    Hope you'll link up to my link party!
    Mauvin' Monday Link Party

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  6. The fabric is from Wal Mart :) I saw it one day and just couldn't get it out of my mind so I went back and bought 2 yards. The green was even colormatched at Wally!

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  7. WOW! I love the bold color and fabric! Great job!

    I really hope you'll be sharing this over at The DIY Dreamer:
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.com/2012/02/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-5.html

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  8. I LOVE that green color! I would love it if you shared this at my party!

    http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/02/fabulous-friday-14.html

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  9. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this...http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link.html

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  10. My grandmother had a gossip bench and I have always wanted one too! I'm going to pin this for inspiration!

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  11. You are just never going to believe this...but please go to the link below! We did the exact same bench and I mean exact same! Even down to the fabric and colors!!! We must think alonke! It is UNCANNY!!!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com/2012/01/antique-phone-chair.html

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  12. TOOOOO FUNNY!!!!!!! It is obviously the perfect fabric for this bench!! I'm loving this bench so much I may just have to keep it.....I get so attached...is that weird?!?! :)

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  13. this is such a great bench! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested! there's a great scarf giveaway going on there as well!
    http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/search/label/spread%20the%20love%20link%20party
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

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  14. So cute, and I love the green!

    (also, I'm on a bit of a crusade to make commenting easier--if you want to turn off word verification, just go to the old blogger interface, click settings--comments--and "no" on word verification...if you want :)

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  15. Perfect for St. Patricks day! I love the fabric choice, very cute!

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  16. gorgeous colour!I never would have been brave enough to choose it but it turned out really well.

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  17. I love this project. I hope you will stop by and link up to my St. Patty's Day Project Parade.

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  18. Just perfect! I love the green - I'd love this in my home!

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  19. Thanks ladies!! I linked up to everyone I think :)

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  20. Gorgeous! I love gossip benches and that green is so vibrant and fun. I'm featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight at Domestically Speaking this weekend. Thanks for joining the party!

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    1. Thank you!!! I wrote a little shout out post to you with a link back to your blog :)

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  21. Super cute! Love the color and fabric. Saw your link from Truly Lovely!

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  22. You are invited to participate in my blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-your-stuff-13-chocolate-cover.html

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  23. This looks A-mazing! I just adore the green, black and white color scheme such a great piece.. and what an awesome transformation.. Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. I am your newest follower cause I can't wait to see what you share next!

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    1. Following you back!! I thought I had already followed you because I love your blog and visit it often :)

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  24. I love this! The color is great! I am your newest follower. Stop by sometime!! -Sarah

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  25. I'd love for you to come link this up!

    http://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/2012/03/tuesday-time-out.html#.T1YnylHlyGc

    Melanie :)
    Reasons To Skip The Housework

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  26. I love it too! I've always wanted one of those little benches but haven't yet been able to find one at a garage sale or auction. You're so lucky!

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  27. I love the colors!!! I am going to be looking for one of these tables this spring at yard sales. I'd love for you to share this at my link party. It runs Tues-Sat. http://adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com/2012/03/terrific-tuesdays-5.html
    Rachel

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  28. Every time I see a gossip table I get made at myself because I passed one up. Yours is absolutely gorgeous. Love the color, Love the material. I could see myself sitting gossiping here for hours. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

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  29. Normally I wouldn't think of a furniture redo as seasonal, but this one is perfectly seasonal. I'd love to have you join me at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  30. I love your gossip bench and the color you chose. Brings back such fun memories!

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  31. I love this! Thefabric flowers on the pillow make such a nice touch...

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  32. You all are just so sweet! :)

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  33. I remember those benches! Like the color!

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  34. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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