|I dreamed of a little gray bench|
|before: the sweet fluted legs attracted me to this piece|
|straightened and cleaned|
I repaired the break with fish glue and some clamps. All of the joints tightened, the entire surface was then cleaned with fine steel wool and some alcohol. I didn't bother repairing any dents or scratches. A couple of layers of walnut crystal stain evened up the wood color and brought it back more to its original intent. I could have given this a nice French Polish this at this point, but I decided that what I wanted was a simple, painted bench.
|after: the wee painted bench of my dreams|
Two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint gave me the perfect Gustavian look. This is really nice, easy to use paint for furniture. The color here is "French Linen." I decided not to "distress" or artificially age the surface any further, as I am sure dings and scrapes will appear in time, quite naturally. The painted surface was burnished and polished with two coats of micro-cyrstalline wax, and finally the seat was re-covered with a bit of Belgian linen left over from one of my artists smocks.
I'm quite please with this little project. What do you think?