|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?