Sunday, September 25, 2011

Vanity Bench

I picked up this vanity bench at a garage sale. It had no cushion and a very uneven finish.


I wanted a multi-layered look. So, I applied one layer each of grey, green, and black,



before finishing it off with a mixture of my white paint and gesso. Then I distressed it.



The cushion is a grain sack.  I just slid a standard size pillow in the opening. I added the image using my Splendid Blender method.



I've been asked where I get my images. Well, I've been collecting ephemera for many years.



When I was deciding which image to use, the perfume ad caught my eye.



Not bad for a $5 find.




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49 comments:

Meg and Mum's said...

Fantastic! You've done a wonderful job. I love what you did with the cushion, very clever :)

Toni said...

Beautiful, love how the layers of paint show off all the details. I missed the post on the Splendid Pen - way easy. Thanks for that share.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

looks beautiful, rosemary! love the layered finish on it!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

sooooo lovely! did you paint that grain sack stripe on there??

sissie said...

Very pretty.

hugs
Sissie

Teresa said...

Perfect! Can you come and do mine? Plz?

Geneva said...

Very Nice! I loved learning about your Splendid Blender method... Everything you touch is gorgeous!

Katie said...

Love the details and layers of color on the bench!

Kelly said...

I love it!!! You are so talented being able to transform things to look better than you found them. That was $5 well spent!

Jann Olson said...

Hi Rosemary,
What a $5 find! I love it, and love what you did with it. You always amaze me with your layering skills.

Kris said...

Hi Rosemary,

I love what you did to that little bench. I also wanted you to know that YOU have been awarded The Versatile Blogger Award. I really do enjoy viewing your make-overs. You can find out more about the award by stopping by for a visit.

Kris

Jenny said...

Love this!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Paint Me White said...

Love your work Rosemary. Sandy x

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love it Rosemary! Got to get myself a splendid blender, and a laser printer?

Carol

Terry said...

Love that grain sack cushion.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

It turned out fabulous! I have looked all over...at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and online and cannot find the Splendid Blender pen anywhere ...can you send me an email and let me know where to order them? Thanks! My email is lavenderhillstudio(at)att.net

Revi said...

So attractive, Rosemary! I could also see it used in place of an ottoman in front of a white love seat.

Bobbie said...

$5.00 ...that's wonderful. You've done it again. What a beautiful piece. Have a great week. Bobbie

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Wonderful job again! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Stylish Settings said...

Beautiful - as always!
Cheers Kylie x

Cindy said...

What a find and such a sweet transformation!!!
Hope your week is wonderful!

Marilyn said...

WOW - very beautiful find.. Love it..Hi there, I found ya via blog hop and had to stop in and say hello, LOVE all your creativity and space here.. Excited to get to share in more blog fun reads and inspiration from ya.. I'm officially following ya with smiles.... Hope you can swing in and say hello sometime :)) I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com

Nyanser av vitt said...

Its is absolutely LOVELY. Thank you for joining my competition.
Regards from Sweden
Agneta

Julie said...

So cute! I could really use this for my Master Bath I've been working on! :)

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Ooh la la! I'm pinning this right away!
Blessings & hugs,
Karen

Renee said...

Wow! What a fantastic job. I love it! I would love it if you would share this at my Shabby Shares link party over at Rustic Crafts ~ http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=2306
Renee

Richard Cottrell said...

Your finish is very nice. I can see you get that look very well. keep it up, and I hope you find more great buys. I wish I could find some sales with things like that for $5.00. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

$5!! So awesome! It's beautiful. Smart smart move collecting those great images! You've got amazing things on your blog. Following! I would love it if you would stop by and share your bench at my linky party!
http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/09/bedazzle-me-monday-1.html

Bobbie said...

Thanks for the kind comment and visit. Have a great week. Bobbie

Andrea said...

Gorgeous job, and what a great find!

eclecticrevisited said...

this is so darling Rosemary...
love the new finish that you applied and the cushion is perfect!!!
best,
maureen

Kahli said...

Talk about hitting the jackpot!! I love the transformation and all the little details.

Gail said...

What a great find and your make-over looks AWESOME!

Enjoy your evening,
Gail

Heaven's Walk said...

I love the way you layer paints, Rosemary. The distressing truly brings out all the pretty vintage colors. :) What a beautiful job! And I've got to get one of those SB pens! Thanks for sharing another great tutorial!

xoxo laurie

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The layering looks great! I have got to remember to pick up that splendid blender pen. It does such a great job on the transfer. Love it!

Lynda @ Uber Savvy Buzzword said...

Sensational-I wish i could find pieces like this! Lynda

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

you hit one outta the park again! love, love, LOVE it!!

amy

Ivy and Elephants said...

Wow Rosemary, what a gorgeous bench. Once again, you are amazing. You have such an amazing eye. The layers of colors you chose were absolutely perfect. Man I need to start collecting ephemera. What fabulous images you have.

Paula

Heather said...

I love this...you did an amazing job!

Susan said...

The perfume ad is a great match to the vanity seat. What a lucky lady to recline here!

Ivanna said...

You're very welcome to link up this one to my new linky party here - http://ivanna.blog.com/linkparty01/ . It has already started. Make yourself at home :).

A Cottage Muse said...

So pretty Rosemary...looks like a million bucks now!

bj said...

absolutely awesome.
am i a follower..gonna go check.

bj said...

yep...i already am a follower.:)

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I adore this--perfect redo! Thanks for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence.

Tammy said...

It is Gorgeous!

Glenda @ Magnolia Bend Drive said...

Hi Rosemary, as always, great work on the bench. I must learn to use the paper images. That just adds so much to the piece. Thanks for sharing.

At The Picket Fence said...

Always a fabulous job Rosemary! We shared this on our Facebook page this week. Just beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Inspiration Friday!

Heather

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

I featured your bench on my blog! Great work!!
http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/you-dazzled.html