Wednesday, March 25, 2009

~TELL CITY BENCH & HER SHABBY TRANSFORMATION~

ORIGINAL "TELL CITY" BENCH

FRESHLY PAINTED COTTAGE WHITE

COMPLETELY TRANSFORMED

A couple of years ago I found this fabulousHTML clipboard Tell City Bench (tag still underneath!) at an Oklahoma City Thrift Store for a good price.  I could barely believe it because Benches like this lovely lady are almost impossible to find anymore! They are still considered high-end pieces and are highly sought after by many a collector!!

Now-I have a great Hubbs...really, I do! But, I had a hard time convincing my Mr. AGPMan we had room for this spindally gal! To be honest with you, at the time I found her we were in the middle of planning our daughter's wedding and there wasn't a even a tiny bit of spare space in which we could squeeze her in. That didn't stop me from begging to bring her home tho... And, as you can see I WON the toss!! I convinced my guy to find room to store her until I could carve out time for the transformation!

Last summer I dragged her from storage, sanded off her old varnish and gave her several coats of fresh cottage white paint! She is currently living in my shabby cottage style office and there isn't a day that passes that I don't find myself enjoying her company! You can't see this in the pictures, but her "seat" was once OPEN. My Hubbs re-strapped her (like webbing) and fluffy feather/down filled cushions were added making her sooo comfortable.

It never ceases to amaze me what can be found at Second Hand Shoppes! I'd LOVE to hear about your favorite finds...

Blessings as you uncover your neighbor's JUNQUE...Rebecca

10 comments:

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Rebecca, your bench is lovely...what a find. I just love going around Blogland and seeing all the wonderful items that everyone refinishes....it is so inspiring.

Beautiful job!!

Blessings, Barb

Tanza said...

Ooohhh sweet ~r~,
You already know how much I LoVe this bench !! It is simply "pure cottage", and the transformation, well just incredible.. That seat is soo inviting, and I can just imagine how soft and comfy it is now, that Mr.Wonderful fixed up her bootie, and you made those beautiful, to die for pillows that any "cottage lovin'" gal would envy.. Ooohh your pillows, you make those too !! hahaha.. You have to share one day, something you can't do.. Make meee feel better about myself sweet friend... hahaha.. Love everything you do, that's why you are my star !! You bring sooo much beauty and lovely pretties to my home !!! To the moon.. hugs ~tea~xo

okiesister said...

Another great find. You did a beautiful job restoring it.

Lee Laurie said...

This bench is so beautiful now! I would have begged to bring it home also. It is just perfect for your office! I just bought a couch with a chase attached to it at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago. I love to find great things like that. Now I have to decide what fabric that I want to have it recovered in. Your home is so beautiful. Thanks for the many inspirations.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

thecozyloft said...

Rebecca -
This is a GORGEOUS transformation!! You never cease to amaze with your creations! I know it took a great deal of time to change this piece from picture a to picture c. It was worth every second, I'm sure!! You are such an inspiration - thank you!!!
Rhonda

blushing rose said...

You absolutely amaze me Rebecca. You have a great eye & talent ... I only wish I could do 1% of what you can do. Did you try my cherry recipe last weekend ... if so, how did it turn out. Please join my blog. I truly enjoy yours.
TTFN ~ Marydon

~~Deby said...

ohhhh...I just love this...I have several pieces that are awaiting paint...Can I ask...what paint do you use..color???....latex??? etc...yours looks so much better than mine...I would paint everything white, if given the change...LOVELY....bench...

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I believe this is my favorite. I love these conversation benches and would love to find one. Maybe one day i'll just take three different chairs and make my own by modifying it. Hmmmm...

Your is simply gorgeous.

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Oh Rebecca, I love it, love it, love it. GORGEOUS!

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Rebecca,

What a lovely vintage find, and an amazing transformation at that! Isn't it fund to bring new life to vintage finds--especially those found at a fantastic price!

Lovely blog and I enjoyed my visit.

Best,
Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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