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Danish Modern Bench Redo; Guest

12 August 2010

We have shown a few of Cassie's projects from Primitive and Proper, but I couldn't resist this make over.  It is simple yet has such a fun, artistic flair.... 

DISCLAIMER: I am not an artist. I just play one on this blog.

A few weeks ago, I picked up this Danish modern slat bench from a lady in town who was moving and giving it away for free. It's not the sort of thing I normally do, but free is always my sort of thing. ;)

As you can see, the finish was worn and peeling in some spots. I sanded it with my orbital sander, then took it outside for a coat of KILZ oil-based spray primer. Once that was dry, I took it back inside to brush on another coat of oil-based primer. Once that was dry, it was back outside for some semi-gloss white paint. Once that was dry, I used Americana Slate Gray to add some decorative touches. I painted some wispy branches coming from either side. (It's been so hot that a reminder of what winter branches looks like is welcome around here!). Here it is now. Kind of funky, yes, but a fun piece that would look great in a wide entry of a modern home.

And she says she is not an artist?!?  ...but I have to say, that seeing a piece like the before and creating the after has artist written all over it!  So own it! The piece is simply beautiful, and would be so fun as a (rather long, but hecka cool) coffee table!


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper August 12, 2010 at 7:14 AM  

wow, what a nice surprise to wake up and see this morning! thank you so much for featuring my bench.... and for calling me an artist. ;)

Cristiane Carvalho August 12, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Bom dia!!!
Passei só pra deixar um carinho, e desejar que seu dia seja abençoado, bjks doces...Cris
Eu amo seu blog...

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic August 12, 2010 at 8:05 AM  

Looks great painted! We had a coffee table just like that growing up. My brother still has it!

kj August 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

Free Danish Modern bench... Awesome! Beautiful makeover, I'm awed by your talent.

Elisa August 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

Wow, it turned out beautiful and I love the branches! This caught my eye because we recently picked up a very similar free bench. On ours the slats interlock and the two ends can be pulled apart to make the bench longer. We were thinking of a redo into a coffee table, but it's sitting in storage till time and inspiration are more plentiful. Love this idea! :)

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