Weathered Gray Planter Bench

February 11th, 2013

A few weeks ago, Matt and I agreed to host an outdoor party in early summer in our backyard to raise money to benefit the local public elementary school that my children attend (the committee twisted my arm!) so I thought I’d get a head start on sprucing up the rear yard. We had a bare patch of wall looking a little blah and I’d always envisioned a bench with planters to dress it up.

I went searching online and discovered an affordable ready-to-assemble planter bench, but in its natural state it felt a little too rustic so I thought I’d give it a more sophisticated stain + paint treatment.  As you know, I’m a lover of gray and white but I didn’t want to completely cover up the wood grain so I opted for a stain and paint combo and I’m really thrilled with the results.

weathered gray and white planter bench

 

I started out with this rustic cedar bench I bought for $70 and with a little DIY elbow grease turned it in one day into something more suitable for the style of our home with a few simple products.

before and after bench

 

This project was pretty simple, I assembled it when it arrived then gave it a two tone stain + paint treatment, trying out a new stain from the Rust-Oleum line of products.

gray and white bench with planters

 

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BOTB 2.10.13

February 10th, 2013

Hello all, it’s ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ day!  My fellow scout Amanda and I rounded up some favorite picks from around the web, enjoy these inspiring projects!

There’s a beautiful new nursery over at Brooklyn Limestone to welcome their new arrival Agatha, how stunning are the coral and turquoise accents against a dramatic dark wall?

agathas nursery brooklyn limestone

 

A remodel on a budget transformed this kitchen space into a warm and welcoming one over at Flower Patch Farmgirl.

remodeled kitchen flowerpatchfarmgirl

 

What young boy wouldn’t love this Star Wars bedroom with several DIY touches by Simply Klassic Home.

star wars boys bedroom simplyklassichome

 

Kelly’s DIY dodecahedron pendant fixture for her new laundry room is a fab knock off of Ralph Lauren’s Dustin Pendant.

dodecahadron diy viewalongtheway

 

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