The “Wing It” Bench

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I came across this bench at an estate sale a WHILE ago. It looked like a disaster, but it was such a sturdy little thing I couldn’t pass it up. It came home with me and there it sat for months, like over 12 of them. Finally a few weeks ago I started on the sanding process. It was definitely a process.

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It was surprising how easily the stain and the majority of the ugly blotches came out. It was a terrible stain job too, sloppy and so thick you couldn’t see any of the wood grain. After I finished the sanding, it sat in the garage for a few more weeks because I still had no clue what to do with it.

Inspiration came from digging through all of the random paint and stain cans that I’ve acquired from the Home Depot Oops Paint section.

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I had some reddish weatherproofing wood treatment that I’d been wanting to use. Ironic since I hated the red that was on the bench originally. It would have been too gaudy to make the whole thing red, so I went with just the legs. There was also a new stencil that hadn’t been used yet, so now was as good a time as any…

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A little distressing, some regular polyurethane and it was finished. It was fun to go into a project and just wing it.

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Estate and thrift, inspiration and uninspiring.

Today my good friend Linda came down to my little town and join my parents and me on one of our favorite past times, Estate sales! There were a few things that I saw today, but didn’t have the space or the money to share. First we have this adorable little breakfast nook dinette thing:

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I have just never seen anything like it before! If someone knows the actualy name for it, please let me know. I feel certain that “breakfast nook dinette thing” cannot possibly be correct.I even love the washed out light blue color of it. Anyway, next we have a beautiful solid wood bed frame. Again, I have no spot for it in my house, but it was just too gorgeous to not get a mention:

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It could be because I just watched Pride and Prejudice yesterday, but I feel like this bed frame comes right from a Jane Austin novel. Lastly (for “the good” anyway) I saw these cast iron patio table that were really different:

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I just liked them. Nothing else to say about that! Now for the BAD. First we have Linda’s unique toilet paper holder:

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After the estate sales and the local farmers market, we decided to hit up a thrift store that always has… uhhh… interesting things, shall we say. Everything was half off and while I did find a cute dress and scarf… I also found this:

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BUT Linda did also find $10 in a really nice pair of shorts that she tried on, so it wasn’t all bad! Always a good time with that girl! I’d love to read some comments about everyone’s best and worse sale finds!