Sunday, October 30, 2011

Don't Go Breaking My Heart--How to Update an Outdated Bench

Oh, but I did break the heart, or at least hide it.  Some neighbors I don't even know who live down the street brought me this a few months back.
repurposing an outdated bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/dont-go-breaking-my-heart.html
 They said they were going to throw it out and then thought of that lady down the street who always works outside :).   I added a wood thingy I had over the heart--glued it andused some wood fill around it where the heart was still peeking out.

repurposing an outdated bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/dont-go-breaking-my-heart.html
 I then painted and distressed the bench and added a piece of beadboard that was brown to start.  Be gone 80's country look!

repurposing an outdated bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2011/10/dont-go-breaking-my-heart.html

18 comments:

  1. Great update! Love the beadboard.

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  2. You are a smart cookie! You really transformed that bench.

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  3. Cool! I have a wooden wastebasket designed to hold plastic shopping bags for liners. It has heart cutouts that I didn't know what to do with. Now I do thanks to you!

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  4. Nice neighbours. They may want it back if they see it now! I have a little bench with the heart cutouts and I bought 4 wood rosettes to cover the hearts but they are too small. I will have to check again and see if your wood filler trick will work.

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  5. Love the bench makeover. It looks great. Fabulous idea the way you covered the heart!

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  6. What a great idea! Those hearts ruin lots of nice wood pieces. Thanks for figuring it out for the rest of us!
    -Revi

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  7. love the colors! looks great:)

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  8. So cute of your neighbors!
    You did great work on it! Love the new look!

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  9. Great transformation Becky. Totally new look for an old bench.

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  10. Wow, love how you changed out the heart. I see a ton of shelves and stands that have that heart cutout and I always leave them because I just can't handle the heart. I might have to be brave and buy one and try your idea of covering it. Thanks.

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  11. Love how you recycled this bench...the beadboard was the perfect touch. Heather

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  12. Lovely neighbours you have! This looks beautiful. penny

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  13. Nice neighbors and love the transformation!!

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  14. Love the updated look! Now I know what to do with the little heart shelves that my mom gave to me.
    Connie

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  15. Oh My goodness Becky! That piece is freakin awesome! I see so many cool wood pieces ruined with a heart cut out and now you showed me how to decountryify:)

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  16. this is a genius idea. i never know what to do with benches when i see them at thrift stores, but this is a wonderful idea! can't wait to read more of your stuff.

    xo
    ashlee

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  17. Love it! I picked up something similar but more like a stool at a yard sale last week with the same heart cut out. Yuck. Now I know how to revamp it. Thanks heaps! x Julie

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