Thursday, July 15, 2010

Slowly...but Surely

I've been meaning to paint this bench since I bought it at a yard sale last year for $15.

I even bought the paint a couple months ago.

I just couldn't seem to find the time to start the project.

Today, I decided just to jump in and start it.  Even with the boys there, hopefully they'd be so interested in what I was doing that all would be calm & peaceful.

I wanted to show you pictures of the project in progress.  But, my camera & my computer apparently aren't talking to each other right now.

So, you'll just have to believe me when I say that I've got one coat on so far (and I'm liking how it's looking!). This had to be done in 2 parts because....well, when you have small children there are interruptions.

Here's what I posted on Facebook this morning as I described the difficulties I was having during interruption #1 - fussy baby ready for a nap.

"Unfortunately I think I helped perpetuate the 'helpless woman' myth today. I started working on painting a bench. (I'm not very experienced in painting). First called my husband to find out how to get started. Then, about 45 minutes later called him because baby was screaming, I had black oil-based paint all over my hands, and I could NOT get the ding dang cap off the mineral spirits to clean my hands & brush.

I'm not entirely sure what I expected him to do. Oh, did I mention I had sweat dripping into my eyes, blurring my vision? Anyway, he tried to have me use a pipe wrench to screw off the cap. I still couldn't get it. So, he finally told Wyatt to go get the gasoline can out of the barn & I used gasoline to clean off my hands so I could finally go comfort the baby."

Anyway, I hope to have 'After' pictures for you next week.  First coat needs to dry, then a light sanding, then a 2nd coat.  And, voila, a brand new bench.


  1. I love a good re-do project.
    Can't wait to see more....
    Enjoy the day

  2. Just curious as to why you used oil based paint?

    Can't wait to see your bench! I bet it looks awesome painted black!

  3. Kerri, I'm not entirely sure why I chose oil-based, other than I read a tutorial on painting furniture over at Clover Lane and she used oil-based. I'm thinking I could have used latex. Oh well.


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