This little project was fun.
I found this bench about a month ago at the Fletcher Goodwill.
Best I can tell, it’s handmade.
It had me at the $7 price tag, if I’m being completlely honest. That, and I really have a soft spot for little benches.
It took me a while to pick a color for this one, which is odd because I usually know the color I’m going to use by the time I pull in my driveway with the piece. This one had to soak in a bit.
Over a year ago I stopped in at my local Annie Sloan stockist and she and I worked out a formula for a beautiful pear green. We used two colors, one a kelly green (Antibes) and the other a golden yellow (Arles). Now, I love Annie Sloan paint colors. But I would probably never use either one of these colors on their own. They are just not colors I like. Plus, they are also too severe. My Mother would have called them ‘loud’. But mixed together they make a lovely pear green.
It was 63 degrees here on Sunday and I can promise you I took FULL advantage of it and drug this little handmade bench outside to style and photograph. Anyone who knows me in private life knows I have a little perch on my front porch. Today was a great afternoon to spend some time in it.
I sanded the daylights out of this little bench and I just love it!
The formula for the pear green is three parts Arles to one part Antibes green. You can tweak it to your preference from there. This little bench was finished with clear wax only. I’ve finished this color with dark wax before and it really is beautiful. It mutes the color perfectly.
I also made some time to stop my Trader Joe’s on my way from work this weekend.
I love that place!
But I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of that store with food.
Unless you count chocolate or wine 🙂
I’ll be restocking my shop this weekend. I haven’t spent much time down there in a few weeks and it’s gotten a bit picked over.
I’ll bring y’all back some pictures!
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