The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee

The Studio on the Lake in Tennessee
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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Paris Bench

First, Let me apologize for the extremely poor "before" shot of the bench.  Still learning how to use all the settings on the camera!  This little bench was left by my daughter in law and son on a past visit.  So...the cost was perfect ......  However, this little guy languished in the garage for several years before I finally had the opportunity to work with it.  As you can see, I basecoated this with Annie Sloan Soft White Chalk Paint.  I then chose a great French graphic from the Graphics Fairy www.graphicsfairy.blogspot.com.  I transferred the design using a graphite paper and then handpainted everything in a very soft blue grey with taupe accents to darken the leaves etc.  Below is a close up of the original motif from the Graphics Fairy.
 I found the pretty striped canvas fabric at our local Walmart fabric department for under $7.00 a yard.  The tricky part was deciding how to upholster the bench as there was an area that needed filling to bring the cushion up to the top of the seat.  We took a large welt cording, covered it and applied it to the wooden edges both front and back.  Then cleaned up inside with a gimp and the cushion is actually removable and finished with a knife edge.  The photo does not show the work, but the back of the bench is upholstered with the stripe fabric so this could be used away from a wall as a free standing little bench.  This is now done and waiting for a new home at Carol's Corner in Gainesboro, Tennessee.  Email me if you need measurements or more information.

Last week was our first give a way and the lucky winners are:

Joy Logan Biggs
Michelle Meyer Studio
Lisa Simpson
Kathy at A Delightsome Life.

Ladies, I will be emailing you soon for an address to send the magazines!  Fix a cup of tea and sit back and enjoy all the great articles for the holidays.  If you did not win, you can still order a magazine on my website at www.theblueheronstudio.com



  1. I love what you did with your bench. it now looks so frenchy. I especially love the decor and the ticking you used for the upholstery.

  2. Thanks so much for linking!! This is a great project. I love the Graphic fairy. Come back now for another French party on Monday!
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