Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Chair, A Bench & A Pillow

Sometimes I can't think of very good titles. Today was one of those days. But that really is what this post is about.

Let us start with the chair. This last weekend was the twice a year event of Antique Alley. I loaded up my boys and my belly on Friday and traversed out into 50 mph wind gusts to take in the sights of Antique Alley. Wow was it ever windy!
I didn't have much in mind that I wanted to buy except for a bench for my dining room table. A friend of mine found me a darling white one for $20 about five minutes after we got there, one problem was sold. I blew around the rest of Antique Alley and ended up with this chair for just $10. I was happy. I went home.
I still had one problem though. I had found no bench. This would have been no big deal except that I was having a yard sale at a friends house the next day and I was planning on selling all my current dining room chairs (they sold!). I needed something for my kids to sit on.
When I got home from Antique Alley then I my eyes fell upon my pile of scrap lumber. My hands starting twitching as I they reached for two sawed off cedar beams and a large board. A few hours later I had my bench.
Hmmm, not quite what I had dreamed of. The cedar beams were very convenient but not as stable as I had hoped. My four year old almost crushed his toes after he knocked it over... five minutes after I brought it into the house.
I had to add some funky little feet to keep it from tipping. Oh well. The whole thing cost me a whopping $0, and I'll keep hunting for that super cute bench that is out there somewhere.
Meanwhile, the boys are having fun telling secrets on it.
I attended a small garden party this week where we had to bring something second hand or homemade. All the girls outdid themselves with the things they made. It was so much fun! This was my contribution, a dropcloth pillow with french ticking stripes painted on it.
I'll share more pictures of the party later.

One more day left to vote on your favorite We Can Do It Cheaper project!


Lana M. said...

I'm not so sure that would be temporary in my home. It's really cute. And I like the "funky" little feet you put on it to keep it from tipping. It goes well with your table.

christie said...

Love the chair. I had my eye on it at Antique Alley but could think of nowhere to put it. Glad it went to a good home. My boys love seeing pics of your boys.

Mandy said...

i love your bench! you are amazing girly, 2 kids and the big belly and you still get more done than me!

Annastacia said...

I love that you just whipped up a bench! Seriously fabulous! I too have a big belly and my husband can't believe some of the stuff I still do, I will show him this post and assure him I am not the only one and at least I am not building furniture :) Also, I am in love with the pillow you showed! Would you share some details about the color blue you used, the process of making it and especially how you made the edging? Thanks so much!

Cheryl said...

wow, is all I can say. You are about ready to have a baby soon and you were whipping up a bench with some power tools?? LOL, and my husband won't even let me use power toos.
I think your bench is super cute. I like the finish you put on it and your boys look to adoreable on it.

Helen said...

Now don't ruin my image of you (having a hard time thinking up titles) Seriously cute bench, you can always sell it when you find what you really want. Looking forward to the pictures and meeting you newest little one (they will probably be graduating by the time we get back there again. And, don't ask what I did with 4 little ones and the fifth on the way...

Stephanie said...

Great price on that chair and I think the bench should stay!

Deanne said...

Those benches are elusive I have been after one for a year and had not luck. so many projects on the go has meant that I haven't managed to get one made yet either!
Yours looks great!