Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bad Mood Bench

Last night, I was in a crabby mood...I just wanted some alone time in the garage.

I've had this bench around for a few months and was uninspired until last night. It was a GW find and let's just say it was under $5.
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I just wanted something quick and easy. And I wanted to finish something for that feeling of accomplishment us DIYer's long for. I honestly didn't care if it even turned out well...I just wanted to try something new.

So I grabbed some of my Scotch Blue Edge Lock tape, some DecoArt paint and a few other sample sized jars I had on hand. I randomly taped up the bench...no measuring because I wasn't in the mood for perfect.

Each stripe got 2 coats and I didn't even let it dry before taking the tape off. I distressed lightly and didn't expect to love it as much as I do.

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Needless to say, my mood greatly improved after the tape came off. And it even goes well in the boys' nautical themed room!

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I cannot tell you how easy this project was...I hope in inspires you to finish something this weekend!

~Allison

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55 comments:

emilysnan said...

hiya , that bench turned out fab you should craft all the time when you are in a "mood" lol . tfs
happy (bad mood ) crafting
xmaggiex

Jaime said...

Allison I love it. Totally rustic meets stripey, lakehouse cool, just might pass for a PB catalog item. Truly sometimes the best projects happen when you're lease expecting it!

Stacey said...

AMEN to all that you said! Just wanna get something done and right away - not over the course of days! We DIY'ers must be hooded on the immediate gratification of accomplishing our goals! I know I am! The bench is really cute and believe it or not, I have one that looks just like it! Love it!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Stacey said...

And by the way, painting is therapy. I have a noticable mood shift for the positive after - you can ask my husband :o)
Stacey of Embracing Change

DallyGirl @ Lifeat2810 said...

What a great little bench. It turned out so fun! I hear you on just wanting to accomplish something. It is really hard for me to go to bed not feeling like something got done. It's hard to give ourselves a break sometimes when we are such "do'ers". Happy projecting :)

Full Circle Creations said...

What a great little bench. Loved the stripes.

Holly

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ooh i love it! i love the colors, and the style, and that it made you happier. :)

Twice Nice said...

Been there! We all need some of those projects for moments like that. Turned out so, so cute!

Kirsty said...

It's awesome! I love it. I love a good stripe!

Megan said...

Gorgeous and easy my favorite kind of project!!

Brandi said...

Allison, this is so amazing! Love the stripes and the colors you chose.

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Love love love it! Especially how the idea just came and you went for it! It's totally PB-esq. :)

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Artsy VaVa said...

I love the bench! Good job.

Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Adorable! I'm so glad it lifted your mood! And I know what you mean by needing to just finish something. I have a dozen half done projects staring at me...

patti west said...

I love it too!! Your boys will get much use from it, I'm sure. :)

Lauryn Clemmer said...

this is SO pretty... well i guess pretty isn't the right word as it is in a boys room.. but i really love it! i love how you left the wood color & painted on top... rustic!
{love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com
come stop by if you get a chance!

Katie said...

What a unique idea! it looks great!

Patti said...

That changed the whole look! Love what you did here

Joselyn @ The DIY Spot said...

I just love it! I want one! It is so pretty. Isn't it great when simple projects yield great results. And I can truly relate to having alone time in the garage. It is the best thing to do to elevate ones mood. I do it all the time.

Megan Hellrung said...

I love this bench :)

I hope you will share this at my party, Some Good Stuff: http://some-good-times.blogspot.com/2012/01/some-good-stuff-3.html

Megan

My Beautiful World said...

Looks amazing, So nice to catch up again my friend hope you have a great day.

Always Wendy

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Wow! This bench really caught my eye on a linky party so I had to come over for a visit! Love the stripes and bright colors you used. Looks perfect! Great job!

I'd love for you to link up to my linky party this week. It's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday, it's for projects made for $10 or less. :)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh my goodness! This came out so great, and near that map, it's almost nautical! Have you had a chance to check out our little Challenge? It's not too late to join. My project update post just went up. http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/word-of-the-year-and-i-might-be-screwed-just-once-a-gallery-wall-experiment-update/

I am your newest follower!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE HOW THE BENCH TURNED OUT. GREAT IDEA. I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT IF THATS OK WITH YOU DROP ME A LINE.
LAUREN

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Oh, I love love love it! I'm a sucker for stripes ;-)

Betsy @ Anna Nimmity said...

What a great project! I love the stripes. There's nothing better than a project that turns out better than anticipated AND lifts your mood!

G Inspires said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing, visiting via Creative Bloggers' Party and Hop

Lisa said...

I love this! It doesn't even look like the same piece! You did a great job : )

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Yor bench is adorable! It looks very nautical with the colors you picked and perfect for a boys room. It would look cute outside in the summertime too. And I totally get the need for garage time! Thanks so much for linking up and linking back! Have a great day Allison!

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

It kind of has a Pendleton blanket-y thing going on. Very nice! Consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/01/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-7.html

Lesley said...

Yep...like the title of your blog...this bench is FAB! I see a Feature in your future!!! lol :)

Emily @ The Diligent One said...

Love it! It's so sweet!

{northern cottage} said...

oh love it - it makes me wanna go play some croquet! - c'mon over to play at our linky party going on now!

http://northerncottage.blogspot.com/2012/01/how-to-make-ruffled-scarf-northern.html

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

oh my goodness I am in love with your bench. IN LOVE! Thank you so much for the inspiration!
jaime from crafty scrappy happy

CAS said...

Love how that turned out, and the look is so fun. I would love to find something like that to go on my front entry way. Thanks for sharing.
CAS

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

This looks super cute! I love the color scheme you choose! A little craft goes a long way!!!

kelly@refresheddesigns. said...

How cute is that!? Such a great, simple project. Thanks for sharing.

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I can see why this project put you in a better mood!! Nice job Allison. I love it. Oh and I'm not ignoring you...I'm hanging in there...you?

Cinthya said...

Wow! I never would have thought of that. It looks amazing!

New follower from HOH.

Cinthya
www.eyeheart.ca

Courtney said...

So gorgeous!! I especially love that you didn't paint it completely before doing the stripes. You can't beat natural timber combined with stripes at the moment!!

Chrissie said...

I adore this bench! The stripes and colors you used are perfecto!

Sue Frazier said...

this is awesome! and under $5! you rocked it girl!

Spittin-Toad said...

Nicely Done....It feels so good to get a project done...I totally get it!!
Denise

Tonia L said...

I love this bench and the bright colors! Plus anything that spread good cheer has to be fantastic, right?
~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

Kara @ June & Bear said...

i love your bench. i never tire of stripes and i love the different colors you used. great job!

Chatty Chics said...

Amazing! This turned out sooooooo well! I love it! PLEASE come show off at my place on Wednesday!
Melody
ChattyChics.com
PS You could win a $5 Starbucks card!

Renee @ Rustic Crafts said...

This turned out great! I know how you felt on just wanting to accomplish something - I get that way...I would love to have you share this at my link party over at Rustic Crafts - http://rustic-crafts.com

Toodie said...

I think it turned out awesome, and what's even better is it has all the colors of my house on it. hint hint :)

Christina said...

I love this so much...especially for that sweet nautical-themed room!!

Thanks for consistently linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

Amy of The Salvage Collection said...

happy, happy, HAPPY! i love a piece that screams joy!!


way to go!

the cape on the corner said...

what a happy piece!

Melissa said...

darling bench!! I even pinned it to my pinterest board! Found you through under $100 party!

Brenda said...

Best, best, best bench I've seen in ages - well done you!

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I featured your bench on this week's Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!

http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/2012/01/terrific-under-ten-tuesday-48.html

Love it!