Friday, July 29, 2011

My Gossip Buddy

So this "gossip bench", as it has been called, or phone bench, came to live with me.  It's kinda funny because at the time I had another one that I didn't know what to do with.  Then I got this one and knew just what I wanted to do with it.  I wanted to try out my Annie Sloan dark wax.  Like I said in an earlier post, I'm not sold on waxes yet but am keeping an open mind.  So this was the project that would either convert me to wax, or not.






I decided to paint it Louis Blue and then use the dark wax to age it.  I really liked the chalk paint once I added a little water to it.  It's really thick and hard to get it to go on smoothly unless I do that.  Have any of you had to do the same thing?  I loved the paint color and hated to darken it but I really wanted to try the dark wax out.  First I had to tighten all the legs up.  I had to completely take them off and then add a washer to the screw because they never would tighten all the way.


I finally got to the waxing and it seemed the more I did, the more I liked it.  I kind of thought that might happen to me because most of you love it.  I put more on the further along I got, because I discovered it was a lot darker at the end of the project then where I started.  I just went back and darkened it a bit.  I'm not a pro at this, but I'm happy to report that I did like doing it and would have no problem using the dark wax on other projects to age them.


It's really growing on me the more I look at it.  The brown pillow looks great with the color of the dark wax and I felt they belonged together.  It was a fun, and fast project to do, which is nice to do once and a while.

33 comments:

  1. What a great way to age a piece? I never knew such a product existed, but I will definitely be using it on future projects.

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  2. I love it! We had a gossip bench when I was growing up. Wish I still had it...I would 'borrow' your idea!

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  3. I had one of these also, came with our old farm house. Unfortunately my husband didn't agree with me on keeping it and it "disappeared" one day. I found out later he burned it :(.

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  4. Super cute, I haven't tried the dark wax yet, but this looks great!

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  5. Nice makeover! I love what you did with it.

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  6. I think it looks great! I've never tried a wax but you're making me think I ought to! Thanks for linking up!

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  7. Stopping by from Party&Hop.. This turned out great! I really can't wait to start using chalk paint..Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh, this turned out beautifully! I love it and I'm just going to have to get some of that chalk paint!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. It's been ages since I've seen one of these! Nice facelift you gave it! Well done!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Overstock.com Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100

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  10. Looks wonderful. I see these gossip benches now and then. You did a great job.

    I just finished my first chalk paint piece. I did find it easier to work with after adding water. I did that for the first coat, which was French Grey. I left the paint as it was from the can for the top coat of Old White. I wanted it to look as if the white had rubbed away and it worked great, undiluted, for the look I wanted. I believe for other projects I will water down the old white, somewhat.

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  11. Love it! We had one of these when I was a kid! I think my Mom still has it.

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  12. Beautiful!!!!! I really need to get something old for a makeover, I really enjoy doing it!

    Dropping by from Motivated Mondays, I'm you newest follower :)

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  13. I really love the way it turned out. I love the look of distressed wood. I will have to keep the dark wax in mind the next time I do a distressing project.

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  14. Love what you did to it, looks great. Love the distressing and how vintage it looks.

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  15. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  16. This is so cute! I love it. I am on the hunt for one of these now!

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  17. super cute! a great place to sit and sip my wine and gossip on the phone! :)

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  18. Looks great! I agree, the brown pillow looks great with it.
    I'm your newest follower - everything looks great! :)

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  19. HELLO, new follower, saw you at Someday Crafts,
    Nice job, we have things in common, I also did a phone seat, it's in my Sold Redo on my blog, these are hard to fine and so cute! also we have the same print on the sidebar of our blog! :)

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  20. I like fast projects! This turned out very nicely. Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  21. This reminds me of a piece my Grandma had but not as colorful. Love the blue. Thanks so much for linking it up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful
    Pam

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  22. Very Pretty! We had one of these when I was little, wish I had it back now...~JamieS

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  23. this table is precious! great job! love the color!

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  24. so cute! i love that it's a table and a bench. what a versatile piece. and you did a great job with the wax. i have a coffee table that needs repainted soon and i want to try the annie sloan paint and then wax on it too.

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  25. Sandi, you did a great job. I love the blue. I think you did a nice job with the wax. I did a couple of tables, with the dark wax and I'm not a fan. Oh well!
    quick and easy IS good!
    gail
    ps catching you this week.

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  26. Your bench turned out super "Homey." Well done! I have an end table I am working up the courage to finish in a similar fashion. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I would love for you to link your post up at my Savvy HomeMade blog party on Monday at HomeSavvyAtoZ.com.

    P.S. I am a follower!

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  27. An honest report about the Anne Sloan paint- plus a great project. I love it!!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Strictly Homemade Tuesday. I hope to see you this Tuesday. Cheers!

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  28. First, I am so jealous - I love that piece! Second, I have been battling the dark wax on a graphite painted dining room table and it's not working out. I'd love to know if you have any further tips because it looks great on your phone bench! I tried it on some wood samples and loved it but I must be doing something wrong. It's really streaky on the table
    But I am loving it on your phone bench!

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  29. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-13.html

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  30. Hello! I actually just bought this same exact telephone/gossip bench from a local man. Do you happen to know any information. ? I would love to know the year, etc. that this was made. Thank you!

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