Benched

3.18.2012

I hope everyone has been having a good weekend. We just got back from another whirlwind trip and it is always good to come home. While it was in the eighties here we were where it was very soupy outside and cold. Go figure. I am going to enjoy the warm weather here today. It is just gorgeous out. Anywho, I am running late to Donna's party this weekend for us to share our benches.

I do love benches. I have a few and wish I had places for more. When I am out shopping and spy a pretty bench my heart just beats a little faster and then I remember I have no more room for one unless something else gets moved out or we add on to the house and that sure isn't happening.

My favorite is this one in the great room. This bench went through a couple of transformations by me and I am loving it in the French Linen color with Old White on the accents. Both paints are Annie Sloan chalk paints.

I love the caning and the details of this one and the paint really highlighted the details.



This is the original color, but I think she looks way more Frenchy in her new French Linen outfit.

This bench from Ballards did reside in the bedroom at the end of the bed until Mr. Savvy stubbed his toes on it in the middle of the night one too many times. I don't know why he can't remember there is a bench at the end of the bed. Oh, well. I like it in the dining room, too. I do move it out and place two chairs back at the table when we have guests though.

This bench found a new spot in the sun room after one of the old white wicker chairs had a leg to break while my son in law was sitting in it. Yes, that was a sight to behold when he fell over. He wasn't hurt and we didn't laugh at all. Well, maybe a little.

This bench was previously in the guest room and was a very pale yellow. I painted it with CeCe Caldwell's chalk paint in Hershey Brown. Love the color, but did not like the paint as much as Annie's.

Then there is this bench on the landing of the stairs. You know just in case you, or probably me as I grow old, are out of breath from walking up the eight stairs to this point you can stop and take a breather before going up the next set.

No, really it is here because this landing is large enough and looks plum nekkid without anything here.
You do understand the term plum nekkid don't you? The basket underneath was from One Kings Lane  last year free with credit. The bench was originally a dark mahogany and I painted it a couple of years ago with sample size paints from S.W.  The cushion is from Ballards.  The painting above it was in the master bedroom, but I recently moved it here. Then I just placed the architectural pieces and my old bunny around it. The bunny was on its way up to my hoarding storage room, but I set it here and liked it.

Those are my benches. Yes, I would say we are benched around here. 
Have you been benched at your house.?

Now I need to go unpack and do some laundry and give miss Bailey a bath after she stayed at the Pet Smart Hotel for three days.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have an awesome week!

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51 comments:

  1. I love all your gorgeous benches, Kim!

    And yes, I do know what plum nekkid is, as in someone plum crazy might run around plum nekkid.:-)

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  2. Love all your benches! I can't believe how different the one on your stair landing looks compared to how you originally got it. A can of paint certainly goes a long way to transform a piece of furniture.

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  3. Kim I love all your benches! The one in your sunroom looks great in it's new color.

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  4. Love your benches. You have a nice collection! So well suited for each spot. Thanks for sharing these.

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  5. Kim, you have given me courage to think about painting a cane chair (single seat) that is similar to the first bench you pictured. I have come to realize that it is not the fine antique that I thought it was when I bought it. All of your benches are great...thanks for sharing the photos of them. I am already following you on Linky. I have been lazy and not added a linky follower widget on my blog yet.

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  6. Love the benches Kim and love to see the transformations :)
    Enjoy your Sunday!
    XO
    Kristin

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  7. All of your benches are gorgeous. I love the one in the sunroom also, don't remember it. Looks fabulous in chocolate. Hugs, Marty

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  8. I really love all your benches but the one in the great room is my favoite. I love the paint job you gave it . It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I particularly like how the old white looks over the gray. And I admit I got a visual of Mr. Savvy stubbing his toe and thought it was funny. Sorry Mr. S.

    Bliss

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  10. Kim you sure have a lovely selection of benches. It's hard to pick just one.
    Love them all.

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  11. I have always loved all of your benches...you make them special!

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  12. Love your benches! Love the first one best~and I love the color French Linen, have not tried it yet. I have a bench fetish too, I love buying iron garden benches~and you are right that there is only room for so many benches!

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  13. All are so pretty but my favorite one is the first one! What a great transformation!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  14. Very pretty benches Kim. My fav is the one in your great room too. The redo is fantastic.

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  15. If you ever want to off load a bench OR if your hubby happens to stub his toe while in your dining room, call me!
    laura

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  16. Wonderful benches, indeed, Kim ... love the new look for the one in the sunroom!

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  17. You have a fabulous collection, love all the pillows, too! xo ~Liz

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  18. You give a whole new meaning to the term "getting benched". Love all your goodies! And the hoarding/storage room comment mande me giggle ;) I hoard, I mean, "store" too! Love the one you re-did in the ASCP. Fantastic makeover.

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  19. Your blog is one of my very favorites and your post this time is why. What a great post--love all the benches and especially the french-styled one. I followed you on Linky followers.

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  20. Hi Kim,
    I have a thing for benches too and I have to laugh when you said your heart skips a beat....well, doesn't everyones! LOL!
    If I had my way there would be one in every room of my homes. Oops, there might be already.
    Love all of yours and my favorite is the first one. Of course, I love them all. And don't get me started on little stools.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  21. Well, now that you mention it, I don't have ANY benches IN the house:(:( I have 3 outside though and am just ready to put them in place out there. I ahve to move the one from the front porch to the back yard and get one out of storage for the back deck too. I better get moving;):) LOVE all your benches! XO, Pinky

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  22. All your benches are great, but the first one is my favorite and it wears the chalk paint so well.

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  23. Love all the benches. The last one is my favorite. I like it's simple lines and it just looks like it could fit in any where. I loaned my bench to my SIL years ago and seeing yours makes me want it back.

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  24. I love the first bench painted with ASCP. What a difference between the before & after!

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  25. I love benches too and I love all of yours!

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  26. What great benches. The colors are wonderful. I love them all!

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  27. That first bench in your great room is my favorite, Kim. I don't have any benches here, although I wouldn't mind having one by the front door.

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  28. Kim, you have such pretty benches! If I had to pick a fav, it would be the one you painted french linen and old white. SO pretty! And, you have inspired me to think about a bench at the top of my stairs. My only concern is that my pilot hubby will try to plop his suitcase on it! :-P
    Thanks for the inspiration photos!
    xo-Lisa

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  29. Kim,
    You have a great collection of benches.I am spying one right now for my home.I am thinking of paring it up with my kitchen table to give it more of a farmhouse feel.I am going back in a week.I hope it will still be there.

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  30. I love all of these!
    -Anna
    asweetsouthernmess.blogspot.com

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  31. LOL- Here I thought I was the only one with more than one bench! I love benches,too! I have one in the front hall that will get a makeover as soon as I have time to paint it. It is white now but needs a bit of dressing up. I have one that shifts from the end of the dining room table to the hall downstairs and I have a small one in our bedroom. I also have a "mini" bench in my all white sitting roo. It is the only black thing in the room so I think now that I painted the little TV in there white the mini-bench is next.

    Hope you have a good Sunday night- xo Diana

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  32. I had to laugh at plum nekkid!! My dad is from the South...and he uses all sorts of cool sayings...Thankfully I inherited a lot of them :)

    Back to the subject, I LOVE your benches! I wish I had room for some in my house {well I would if I got rid of some of this hooplah!!!}

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  33. I definitely know what plum nekkid means! I am from Sweet Home Alabama!

    I love the French looking bench and the demijohns beside it!! lovely!

    I followed you on the Linky Following thingy. I am just back getting into blogging, and hopefully I will catch back on! Take care!

    joy!
    Vicky
    sleeping in an unmade bed

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  34. Love all your benches you just do magnificent work , have a great week joann

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  35. Your benches are all wonderful, Kim...I love the paint colors you have chosen and the pillows are so lovely, too!!

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  36. You have awesome benches! Love them all, but my favorite is the one with the caning. Just beautiful.
    Mary Alice

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  37. I love the one on the landing with the bunny. So glad you are not benched-the title had me worried, I have been gardening and away from the blogs and did not know of the party.

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  38. That bench DOES look lovely in the French Linen color...don't have that one yet...and each time I see it I think I must buy it!
    Lorraine

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  39. The first one does look so much better all frenchy. The details seem to jump out more.

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  40. Hee hee. Plum nekkid! I like the transformation you gave the first bench and I like the last one a lot too.

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  41. Such lovely benches Kim- I always enjoy seeing that first one- absolutely gorgeous!

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  42. I love all your benches too, Kim!! Your home is gorgeous. XO, Aimee

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  43. You do have a lot of benches - I guess I hadn't realized that until you put them all in one post. I love the soft paint on the first one especially.

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  44. I find benches to be such useful items of furniture and yours are beautiful. My favourite is also the first French style one and I agree, the grey makes it look straight out of a chateau. x Sharon

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  45. hey Kim,

    Just picked up a gorgeous long bench at an auction that I can't wait to paint!

    Love all of yours.

    janet xox
    The Empty Nest

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  46. I love all your benches, and yes, there is nothing worse than a landing that looks plum nekkid :)

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  47. Keep your doors locked! I love your favorite frenchy bench as much as you do! And the pillows too! Yep!

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  48. Kim, I love benches too. The pictures are great but the first one gets my vote. I love it!!

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  49. Kim, I have bench love too. I would put one in every room if I could. It's been fun to watch the transformation of your Frenchy bench. I like it in all its forms, but do agree it looks best now. ~ Sarah

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