Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Garden Party

This is the next group of furniture and items that will be heading to
the store later this week.  I found this great old bench at the Extravaganza
flea market in Springfield.  It's solid oak and very heavy.  The vendor said
it had sat on his front porch for 25 years and it really had a chippy look.
I added the curvy piece of wood along the bottom of the bench to give
it a little more personality.  I also found it at the flea market and it was
the perfect match of already aged and weathered wood.

When I found this fabric to make pillows, I knew exactly how I wanted to 
refinish this bench.  It really didn't take much work since the painting was
done mostly with the dry brush effect and several coats of different glazes.

I found this set of cats just yesterday at a yard sale and they match
the bench perfectly.

Also matching the pillow fabric were these panels that I framed to
make the perfect companion for the bench.

In this picture are various other items going to the store, but the piece I
want to point out is the plant stand made of slatted wood.  It also had
been exposed to the elements and was perfectly weathered.  Just a
little dry brushing and glazing completed the look.  The best part of this 
plant stand is that it folds up like an accordian for easy storage.

This old window missing it's glass was also picked up at the
flea market and I'm going to make a chalk board out of it.  I still have
to cut the wood to insert into the window panes and get them painted
before it is finished, but I think you can get the idea of how it will look 
when done.

This vignette of garden items has been so much fun to create.  It seems
like every weekend I find something new at yard sales to add to
this fun theme.  If I had a sun room or large hallway, I would
definitely keep the bench pew, but since I don't have either,
hopefully it will find a new home where it can be kept inside and enjoyed
for many more years to come.

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Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I wish I could take this whole blog post home! Just wonderful...wondering where you got the fabric for the pillows if you don't mind sharing? Your sewing is perfection. Lovely post and great inspiration.

sissie said...

Everything is so lovely. The bench is my favorite. It's perfect for displaying your beautiful pillows and the cats are perfect too.


Gone Country said...

You have such a fabulous, creative eye! I enjoy seeing your flea market and yard sale finds and how you give them a brand new life and identity! Awesome!

Pattie said...

That bench is fantastic! I love it. You lucky girl. Thanks for sharing. 8>)

Rachel Asher said...

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, everything is just gorgeous. I love it all. You have such lovely things and such wonderful finds. They are displayed beautifully. Hugs, Marty

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH I'd have trouble parting with any of these beautiful finds!! But I know what you mean, we only have so much room, right? Love the plant stand and the cats . . . well, like I said, I love all of it!!

Boho Farm and Home said...

I love the chalkboard in the window idea! Very clever. I have been on the look out for some old windows. They are so expensive out here..yikes!

Have a great week!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Wow! Great finds Cindy! I love this time of year and seeing all the junk people are selling that can become mine or someone else's treasures! You have a very good eye for putting it all together. I hope your store is doing well!~Hugs, Patti

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

LOVE the bench! Well done.

Anonymous said...

Love Love the pew Cindy!! Can I ask what the colors were that you used to dry brush it? It is fantastic!! You certainly have a great eye for details and putting things together!! This will be flying out the door like your other things do!!!

Liz said...

I just love garden elements inside! This is a beautiful vignette!


SavannahGranny said...

Oh my, That bench is awesome. The entire setting is amazing. These won't last long. ginger :)

Honey at 2805 said...

The bench is a fantastic find! And the whole vignette is beautiful!

Stephanie said...

LOVE the bench - what a find!

Willow said...

I just love that garden fabric picture that you made. Where on earth did you get the fabric?

Esther is not-quite-perfect said...

I love everything in this post...but I absolutely LOVE the white wire birdnest thingy! I have several spots in my home where that would look perfectly in place!

Marie said...

What a beautiful bench, what a lovely pretty vignette! Where is your store?

Stopping by from Mod Mix Monday!

Sue said...

I'm seeing three things in your booth that you bought from me at my porch sale! Glad they have become part of your vignettes. :-) Sue

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love these garden vignettes. Great stuff! And that bench is wonderful!

Lounging with a Latte said...

Your bench seat looks great, the curvy piece of wood has matched in so well along with the cat. I love your creative ideas.

Linda Q said...

That turned out great, the bench. I like all the garden things, they sure are in right now too.

Kathy said...

Love the bench! That curvy piece does add great character! Your garden vignette finds are wonderful! Just love those cats!

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