Farmhouse Bench with Country Cottage Shutters

Last summer I hitched on the trailer and off I went Sailing… Yardsailing that is! I picked up a few treasures for sure… one stop in particular seemed to be more of a business than a yard sale, a lot of antique furniture.  The item that caught my eye was an old oak bench. It at one time used to be a hall tree, but someone decided to chop off the back, so.. Now it was just a bench.

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I had a pretty good haul that day, but as it turns out, this bench was the first thing to catch my eye that day. Perfectly charming just on its own, but oil stained and still looking for a new home.

Many months later, we were given some scraps of scraps of wood. Among the scraps some old shutters, painted black, paint chipped and fairly useless any more.
I had already chopped off the bottoms at this point before remembering to take pictures!!

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I thought the maple leaf cut outs were pretty awesome and needed to be appreciated more.
So picking through some of our miscellaneous spare parts I found a set of arms from a chair, I figured these could come in handy as well.

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As always, there is a point when finally things start taking shape and start making sense. All the standing and staring at it from all sides. Thanks to Jason, while he is working of a completely different project I kept harassing him looking for input and opinions.

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Itwent through several stages of painting, staining, and chalk paint, before finally being waxed and distressed.

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I was hoping by doing the laying of colors that it would help when distressing, to give an authentic bit of color depth.

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Ready to live again.  Someone adopt me!

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