Bench made from Bed frame


Finished Project – Bench made from Bed frame

My husband loves to make these benches out of a Headboard and Footboard. This one has such a nice design on the back and the blue color worked so well with it.  I haven’t done one in blue before and wasn’t sure I would like it.


This is the beginning of constructing it. He cut the footboard in half to use for the sides.


The bench seat was made out of plywood. 

staining Collage

I stained the new wood with a dark stain. It didn’t matter if it matched the other wood since I’m painting it.  We filled in gaps and holes from screws with putty.

New Phototastic Collage

I bought the cushions from Lowe’s. I painted the first coat green which did go with the cushions but I just didn’t like that for the final color.

waxing and painting instructions Collage

I put a light coat of the CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax, let it soak in and dry some and then painted the blue chalk paint.  Then I distressed it lightly with 150 grit sandpaper and then went over it with a fine sandpaper block to smooth it out. Then I put a few coats of varnish to seal it.


I had it on my patio for a day or two and now it is for sale in my shop.  $250 (includes long pillow and cushions)





Vinyl Chair Painted & Stenciled

I love working with vinyl furniture! It is so easy to paint. I used Sherwin Williams Drizzle made into chalk paint. I used Sherwin Williams Dover White for the chair legs and for the white flower stenciling.

New Phototastic Collage


My inspiration- The flower stencil and the pillow. I knew the seat would be perfect for this stencil and the color Drizzle matched so well with it.

painting collage

stenciling and varnishing

It was my 1st time to use a foam pouncer by Martha Stewart. I really liked the way it went on smooth and was easy to clean. The flowers did not all look perfect but that’s ok. I put 2 coats of Polycrylic to seal the vinyl part of the chair. I painted the wood parts of the chair 3 coats, decided not to distress it and used CeCe Caldwell’s clear wax to seal.


Here it is in my shop. I think this would be a fun accent chair. I’m not sure how well painted vinyl will hold up if the chair is used a lot and probably not animal or kid proof. I think a good name for this chair is “Grandmother’s Doilies”. The flowers remind me of lacy doilies.

Old chest made into toy box


I recently made this toy box out of an old chest that we had at Country Kitchen.  Today I gave it to my grandchildren.  How can I resist those cute faces! They were excited and already putting it to use.

IMG_0106I do not have a before picture of it before my husband changed the front panel and the top panel by reversing them. There was a name engraved on the front and a wheat design etched on the top which I did not want to show.  This worked out great because I was able to use the original wood. The picture below shows the engraved name that is   now on the inside of the toy box which is now painted and is not even noticed.IMG_0133

IMG_0123_collageFirst I painted the entire piece Sherwin Williams Dover White, then painted the top, inside, and drawers light blue, the front panel and a strip around the side and back Sherwin Williams Indigo. I also painted black chalkboard paint on two small areas on each side.  I used stencils for the saying and designs on the front panel.  My husband attached a  strap to each side of the top to keep the top from flipping all the way back.  I put new hardware on the drawers which I think really made a big difference. I decided not to distress it . (I’m sure my grandkids will add that effect to it with time).  I put Polycrylic on the whole piece except for the two small areas that had chalkboard paint so it can be used as an actual chalkboard. I think my grandkids will enjoy it and I sure do love them to the Moon and Back just as the toy box says!      Update: Sad to say that this had to be thrown out after the flood of 2016 in Louisiana