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Happy Wedding Anniversary to US! (last week!)

10 May 2010

Hey, guess what I am alive and well!  Did any of you miss me?

I feel like I have been absent from my own blog for a while. Sorry 'bout that!

The sad thing is many of you new readers have never even heard from me, so HI! I'm Cassity, so nice to.. uh...  meet you and welcome to my blog.  I feel like I have been gone for a very long time, although I work on my blog for a few hours a day at least.  And honestly, I have been so busy with the blog and visiting family that I really haven't done much else.

But I have a project to show you!  Yea!

This last week, I had enough of unfinished projects and decided to get going on one.  After a last minute trip to the fabric store, I got busy and actually worked on one of my own projects, I know WOW!

But guess what it is still not exactly done, and I want your advice.  I shall explain.

The other exciting news is that last week was my ninth wedding anniversary!  Happy 'Nanniversary to me! (as we like to say for no reason that I can think of).  This project is for our anniversary gift.  Here is the background.

Around our first anniversary, I was thinking it would be fun to get a plant and watch it grow.... ah love.

Well, Luckily, since I probably would have killed the thing, I went to the local grocery store of all places and found these huge mason jars,  1 1/2 to 2 gallon size, and I thought, "Those would be fun flour and sugar containers."  I begged my husband to let us buy them (I think they were only like $15 dollars a piece but we were very poor college students... Now we're...uh... still paying for college, ah dang!)  for our anniversary and the tradition was born.  (I still love those jars)

So, the tradition began to buy something that would hold some meaning and be useful to us and possibly be something that we can hand down to our children at some point.

So Far we have purchased:
Flour and Sugar Containers/ Jars, a large wall clock, a beautiful picture of the Savior, pewter dishes, more pewter( i like me some dishes people!), a dresser, an armiore and now a bench.

I have been re-doing the bench, and I have a question about glazing. Do you think I should?  I feel like it is lacking a bit of character, but I love the bright white.  I am even thinking of taking a tiny brush and just glazing the joints in the faux bamboo.

Here are the before and after so far, I will be back with more explanation of the how to when I get the chance.

So far, it at least passed the Buddy test!

Let's talk, 
should I glaze?
Should I distress? 
( sorta leaning toward this too- but just a tiny bit)


Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife May 10, 2010 at 7:22 AM  

Wow, great job! It looks so cute!

I really like the crispness of the white, but I guess it depends on what style of room you are putting it in. What doesn't look good a little distressed? ; )

Shell May 10, 2010 at 7:31 AM  

So cute & looks very comfy. Love the fabric. Really wish you guys would say what the fabrics are you use. Thanks

Natalie Catherine May 10, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

love the transformation!! that fabric choice is lovely..and congrats to you and your hubby!! :)

Sarah {The Student Knitter} May 10, 2010 at 7:35 AM  

I think a little bit of glaze would be lovely! Nothing too too dark, just a bit to make the bamboo pop! :)


Bonnie May 10, 2010 at 7:50 AM  

I would give it a glazing just to accent it and give it less of a "new" look. Skip the distressing, I think. It is too nice of a piece to make it look "worn"! JMO and I LOVE the fabric choice!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper May 10, 2010 at 7:56 AM  

what a great find!!!! i love it as is, but i think lightly distressed would look great. the fabric is so fresh and crisp, that i don't think i would like glazing on it. distressing would make the details pop a bit more though!

Sandra May 10, 2010 at 8:49 AM  

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I love the bench. I know whatever you end up doing in the end will look fab but my vote is for a little distressing - no glaze. It looks really great just how it is too! Good luck deciding.

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Kelli @ RTSM May 10, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

I love it painted white! I don't know how to glaze, so I say distress it a little. I think a light sanding would make the joints show up better without being too much.

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely May 10, 2010 at 9:33 AM  

Today is the 11 year anniversary of the day my husband and I met/had our first date (blind!) and thursday is our 10 year wedding anniversary! Congrats to you and your hubby!

On the bench, whenever I have a piece that I want to keep the bright white but add character to, I distress. You can start by just doing a little and stop when you feel it's good. The glazing obviously dirties the white. It sounds like you should try distressing. Good luck! It looks fantastic so far!

Gina F May 10, 2010 at 10:00 AM  

First of all, Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. I love the bench and I think you should just distress. Good luck on whatever you choose to do. I am sure it will look good when your finish with it.


BLJ Graves Studio May 10, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

It looks fabulous in bright white. However, it would also look great distressed or glazed... I am absolutely no help. I am sure it will be beautiful no matter what you decide. :-)

Shannon @ Posh Pieces May 10, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

So pretty. I like it as is. If you were to do anything, I think glazing it might look nice.

autumn May 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

good thing we didn't spot that bench at the same time--there would be a cat-fight of epic proportions over it!!
it is stunning~
and i think a really SOFT glaze would enhance the piece. nothing too heavy. you did a fabulous job with this bench. i ADORE IT!!

Krystal May 10, 2010 at 10:41 AM  

What a great looking bench! I think glazing and/or distressing would look nice as long as it was lightly done. I say go for it.
Congrats to you both on 9 years!
Krystal @ Sassy Sanctuary

alissa May 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM  

Happy Anniversary Cassity!

I LOVE the bench. Great find! I think it looks great just the way it is but I also like your idea of touching up the joints.

The Three Beauties May 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM  

I love the white. It looks so clean and fresh with that fab fabric. I have been looking for something like that for the end of our bed. Love it!

Mag May 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM  

oh i love the look of the bench and the fabric... wish i can have one.... really love it

The Summer Kitchen Girls May 10, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

Hello! What a cute bench that is - a great find! We would distress it - or glaze it for sure - all of the detail would "pop"! And...if it's not to your liking...paint it again!
Good luck with your project - can't wait to see what you end up doing!

Karla & Karrie

Ms. Bake-it May 10, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

Happy Anniversary!

I love the fabric pattern you chose for the bench. I think a glaze would look great.

~ Tracy

Amy @ Positively Splendid May 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM  

Oh - how lovely! You did a terrific job with this. I like the glaze/no distressing idea.

Ann @ makethebestofthings May 10, 2010 at 10:41 PM  

Lovely lovely project, so fresh and clean. If you're not sure on the glazing, try a bit on an out of sight spot and live with it for a little bit. You can always repaint that spot if you don't like it. Love the fabric, too, btw.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys May 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

I like it!!! Pretty fabric too. Distressing will look nice also. I'm not the fan of the glazing. But that could be because every time I do it, my pieces end up looking like they're white but dirty. :)

Happy Anniversary!!!

Sue Richardson May 11, 2010 at 12:41 AM  

From the quuen of glazing and distressing - "No!" not on this piece. The crisp white compliments the material. Leave it alone. (Oh, that's soooo hard!) Sue@awelllovedhome.com

Miss Mustard Seed May 11, 2010 at 7:25 AM  

That bench is so sweet! I love the caning and the shape of it. Gorgeous. I think I like the idea of glazing it. It would bring out the details in the piece and show off why it's so special.

Kim May 11, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Happy Anniversary! Yes, I would glaze or distress - do it on the back 1st "just in case" ;).

Creations By Cindy May 11, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

How darling! I love that white look! It just looks clean and crisp to me. Thanks for sharing. Be blessed. Cindy

Kathy May 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

lovely transformation. It is probably easiest to do a little distressing, which you can fix if you don't like the results. You might be able to find a blue to match the fabric and just place a bit here and there --in the grooves. Congratulations on your anniversary, may you have many,many more!
God Bless,

{All Thingz Related} May 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM  

Looks beautiful! LOVE the fabric! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! May 11, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

This is great! I love your idea of buying things that will become heirlooms. I'm especially drawn to this piece, too , as I do hand caning and love that look. Thanks for sharing on Modern Craftswoman Monday and hope to see you next week, too! Rory

Sandy May 11, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

I really love your find.. and the fabric is really nice!
I'm not sure about distress,, love it the way it is...


FLOWERSHOPGURL May 11, 2010 at 7:12 PM  

Hi, I just love your bench and the fabric is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue May 11, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

This is an incredible makeover! I would love to find a little cutie like that! The after cutie.

Joselyn May 11, 2010 at 11:00 PM  

You did a great job! Love the fabric. Would love to know where your purchased it. I vote for glaze.

Queen of Dreamsz May 12, 2010 at 3:56 PM  


Definitely glaze and distress! This turned out so nice! I love these transforamtions...

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Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking May 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM  

Love it! The fabric is beautiful... I need to know where you got it!!! I love it how it is right now, but I think a little distressing would look great with a little brown stain on the distressing to bring out the brown in the fabric.

Kaysi May 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

That bench looks awesome!! I love the fabric that you used! I like how it looks now, I don't think you need to glaze or distress

concretenprimroses May 14, 2010 at 11:16 AM  

I love the update. I dont know about distressing. It happens naturally at my house.

Threeundertwo May 14, 2010 at 1:23 PM  

I love that last picture! LOL Go Buddy. Personally I think I would distress it a little just to cut through the plain white a bit. But I can also see leaving it alone. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

Miss Muffin May 14, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

What a pretty bench! I would leave it like it is now ...
(The cat also seems to be quite happy with it! ;-) )

Anonymous,  May 14, 2010 at 5:27 PM  

I love this! I think it looks great the way it is, but I'm sure distressing or glazing would look beautiful also. What a beautiful transformation! Thanks so much for sharing!

Carrie May 14, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I see that style quite a bit and have always dreamed of fixing it up. Just need to add another house onto the one I already have in order to get all my wishful projects done, I guess! Thanks for sharing. I found your link through Finding Fabulous. Hmmmmm... yes, I guess I found fabulous!

Michelle May 14, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

Gorgeous transformation! I love the paisley fabric you chose. Combined with the white, it looks so fresh and summery. It's good to see that your cat approves too.

AM from White House, Black Shutters May 15, 2010 at 8:01 AM  

As much as I love a good glazing and rustic-fying, I think that bench looks perfect as is!

Great makeover, love it and the fabric you chose!
-Ann Marie

Becolorful May 15, 2010 at 2:13 PM  

You know I would have probably overlooked this piece but fortunately you had the vision. Love it. So pretty in white.

Jerri May 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

I love the fabric you used! Such great colors! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

Kristi Flanagan May 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Love the fabric you chose! It looks great the way it is but I am a big fan of glazing too! Not much help, huh????

Thanks for planting your creative seed at Plant a Punkin Seed Party!

Hope to see you again next Friday!

Punkin Seed Productions

simplydesigning.blogspot.com May 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated #9 too! What a great tradition.

I keep hearing about "glazing" but really I haveno idea what it is!! How pathetic am I?!?! I look forward to seeing how you finish it though!

Thanks for linking up!!

Dana May 19, 2010 at 10:27 AM  

It looks so pretty painted white! Soooo much better than the original. I think the distressing would depend on the decor in the room you are using it in. The fabric is beautiful too! Great job!!

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