My hubby finally had Thanksgiving off, I was beyond excited! He works weekends so when he told me he had FOUR whole days home, I begged him to build me a Pottery Barn bench! We are huge fans of Ana-White.com. Nate built these beds for our boys [which I have yet to paint but that’s a post for another day] so he figured this bench would be a cinch. Loving this Rustic Stamped Bench PB Knock Off!
Love it!! It’s one step closer to getting my dining room completed. I just want to sit at the table with all 4 kids every meal, it’s a simple request. Right now they’re on the bar stools, we’re at the table. [Anyone else out there not sitting at the table with your kids?? I hate it…]
Here’s a small glimpse of where I was on Monday…
See how much seating we’ll finally have for our family of 6?? With the bench, we can eat together in close quarters.
A quick DIY on painting these bar stools [same as I did for the bench]:
Step 1) Sand. Step 2) Stain seat. Step 3) You may need up to 3 coats depending on preference. Step 4) Paint and glaze legs [this was taken before I glazed, fyi]. *Don’t forget 2 coats of poly!!
I love the bar stools. I got the 2 red ones from Ross years ago [$20/ea] but was never able to find 2 more to match [for my 4 kids]. Then we moved and they sat in storage. Once we got into this house over the summer, I found 2 more on Craigslist [$20/total]. I finally have a matching set on the cheap, whoot!
Okay I’m off task, back to the bench…soon the matching dining room table and chairs will be completed. Oh!-did you see the patterned wall in the background in the first pic? Consider that your sneak peek of my fully finished dining room… hint: a giveaway for the pattern may or may not be included upon final reveal early next week…
Of course I had to customize my bench. I wanted a bigger statement than just 2-tone stain/paint. I thought a post mark would be cute so I got to thinking and came up with a custom stamp for the corner, just a subtle little reminder of the man who built me this beaut.
To create the stamp, I altered Graphique’s French post mark image. [We received 25 images total from them as a prize when we won Season 3 of the American Crafter competition] Cute right?? We simply saved it as a jpg, imported it into our vinyl cutter program, altered it and came up with this:
Get it?-The place we got married + our wedding date. ;)
Start with your bench. Brush on 1 coat of stain. Apply vinyl stamp. Press as hard as you can. Apply 2nd coat of stain. Peel off vinyl.
I thought it was a fun way to dress up the bench. Something more than plain ol’ stain ;)
Next week I’ll post pics of the dining room set all finished up with a custom twist as well. And of course, that crazy yellow wall!