Friday, August 31, 2012

Bench and Basket Makeovers

Hi All. It's the last weekend of the summer.  I've been doing some last minute "sprucing-up" - at home, on the blog and in the garden.

I've picked a meal's worth of these every second day for the last 2 weeks.   Oh! They taste so good when they come out of your own garden!

I just happen to have the camera nearby when this fellow paid a visit to my garden one day earlier this week.

And these geraniums have finally responded to the fertilizer I gave them 2 weeks ago.  One small plant has blossomed into a spectacular view!

Do you like the new fall feel to my blog?  I needed something new and fresh and I think my new header has captured the feeling of the upcoming season very well.  

Now onto some changes on the home front!

I have had this bench in my front entry for just over 2 years now.  There is a basket underneath for each child and  they (reasonably) contain all of their daily gear - hats, sandals and runners.  

I  recovered this bench 18 months ago with a pale green fabric that matched my walls perfectly. It looked lovely for about 2 minutes until the sippy cups, muddy boots and sticky hands destroyed it.  Hubby tried on several occasions to use a carpet cleaner to remove the stains but unfortunately the marks just spread out and looked worse.


Time for a makeover - part one! 
 Ten years ago I fell in love with a beautiful Laura Ashley print fabric.  At the time, we were building our first home and I planned on using it as the inspiration for one of the rooms.  However, after I returned home with 6 metres of it, hubby quickly vetoed it for being "too flowery" and "too pretty."  So, into my fabric stash it went.  It has moved three times with us, always hoping that one day, dear hubby would allow me to use it.  
And now, ladies and gentlemen, that time had come.  

So, using my stapler and screwdriver, my ugly bench became......

..... my lovely new floral- covered bench!!
Isn't  this a gorgeous print??

Now to do something with the far-from-pretty baskets.....

They function very well - they hold a ton of stuff and fit perfectly under the bench.  However, the mossy green liners were dingy and ripped and they could use a real lightening and brightening!

Vintage White spray paint to the rescue!!

A lot less shabby and a lot more chic!

Now to label  them for each child.

I went to Michaels hoping to find some tag-shaped wooden cut-outs.  No luck.  So instead I brought home these wooden FOOTBALLS and had hubby drill holes them.  I also picked up wooden letters in the initials of my 3 children.
(Yes my kids' initials really are A, B & C.  People find it funny that my hubby and I, both teachers, have kids with these initials.  It really was a fluke - completely  unplanned!)

I painted each "football" the same green as my walls.  The initials were painted in our traditional family colours - Bryn's stuff is always blue, Afton's is always pink and Camden's is always yellow!

I dry-brushed some white paint over top to create am "aged" look then tied some twine to each end to help fasten them to the baskets.  


Don't they look so much better?
And each basket distinguishable from the next.  

I took some time to this out the basket clutter - removing broken flip-flops and out-grown shoes, and re-stocking the hats and sandals for the upcoming days of school.

And you know what?  Hubby doesn't mind my fabric choice one bit.  Really, how could not love pink roses, blush coloured pinks, and white lilies sprawling across the most perfect shade of aqua you have ever seen?

Just look how cute my daughter's sparkly shoes look next to  it.
  And my new raspberry coloured purse - lovely!!

Now the next thing....should I paint my picture frames white or leave them wood-toned?  I have lots of dark wood in this room mixed with many light fabrics. Hmm.....what do you think??


  1. I love it Bronwyn! That fabric is lovely and the baskets in white are so fun & fresh! I am partial to white frames. You are so lucky to have all those beans from your garden! Lucky!Have a wonderful long weekend! Angie xo

  2. Oh! And I love your new look...really wonderful job! Angie xo

  3. inspirational, i'm now going to keep my eyes peeled for a similar bench for my hallway, i was looking for a chest, but this is much better. I think the frames will work either as they are or white. They match with the bench wood at the moment x

  4. Very nice, love the fabric and baskets! I think maybe the frames would look white! Have a lovely last weekend of summer! Oh like the new blog page very fresh! S.T.

  5. I love the bench. It is beautiful. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  6. I love the new fabric, how pretty is that! I think your bench looks great and love the baskets underneath with your new labels. Your garden beans look yummy! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  7. I love the redo. I particularly like the initials on the baskets. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend!

  8. Wow! I love the new look on the bench. I love vintage prints. And the baskets are so darn cute. Good Job!!! I love to garden. My sweetheart does the vegetable garden and I play in the flower garden. Thanks for sharing your post. I really enjoyed myself visiting your blog today.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  9. Your fabric really made a difference! My kids would have totally ruined the solid colored fabric too! Really looks great! Like your frames dark, but they would look nice in a bright white too! Thanks for linking at tip toe thru tuesday!

  10. What a great upsycle for your baskets. I love them. Thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday.


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