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Monday, June 20, 2011

French Piano Bench








I am so excited about this project! It took me awhile to come up with the idea that I wanted for it. Of course everyone said paste music to it but you know me.....looking for something different.


I started with this vintage piano bench.

The greatest thing about this is it has storage!


I knew that the color had to change after all that what my blog is all about!

I decided to paint the top in a cream color and the bottom black.


I knew I wanted to do something french so I found a print from  

It is an old french postcard.

I distressed the top with distressing glaze.

  

I had wooden knobs leftover from my dresser redo project. They were old and worn.


I wanted to use them on the front of the bench. I also wanted to incorporate the french theme of the handwritten postcard.

I had some scrapbook paper left from my blue cabinet makeover so I cut circles and Mod Podged them to the front of the knob.

Then I went to my stamp collection. I rummaged through and picked out the french stamps I wanted and copied them on a printer. I did not want to use the originals. I cut them and Mod Podged them to the scripted paper.









These will be applied to the front and back of bench.
I hand painted a projected image on the top.


Very french oo la la!

Then with a heavy hand I began to sand the heck out of it.



I then attached three knobs to the front and three to the back. I even painted and signed the inside of the lid. I applied fabric toile to the inside.





 This is the back


I love the knobs!


The inside



My signature! 

BEFORE!


AFTER!






This has to be one of my favorite projects to date! 
What do you think?



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57 comments:

TheCrankyCrow said...

OOOO la la!!! C'est mangnificent! Je l'adore! Certainement mon préféré jusqu'à présent! (Whew!! You're testing my French skills!) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

sissie said...

What a great design for your little piano bench. I just love it, especially the image on the top and the added knobs!

hugs
Sissie

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Way to cute! You should be excited! it is fabulous!

Carol

Brenda Watts said...

Visiting from the graphic fairy..Oh la La ..I LOVE it !! very clever and well done..WOW

Terry said...

What a great vision and execution. I love this piano bench now. I can't believe it's the same piece. Nice job.

emilysnan said...

tres chic x j'aime le bench !
thats as much french as i remember lol .love what you did with this piece the knobs are fab x tfs
xmaggiex

Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...

Whoa! That is awesome!!! So pretty. Great idea with the knobs.

laurie said...

wow,, what a transformation,, just lovely,, beautiful job,

Donna said...

Oooh, la, la is right! I love your bench transformation, and I also love the French design you chose. The knobs and the toile are the piece de la resistance! Now I want to find a piano bench to redo:)

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

I love it!!! It's absolutely gorgeous!

Daune | Cottage in the Oaks said...

Love this! What a beautiful job you did! Just fabulous!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

This is awesome Deneen. I am so in aww of your projects sometimes. I just think you really have a knack of thinking outside the box. thanks for sharing at the party.

Pia @Jello said...

Absolutely LOVE IT!! Fantastic job!!!!

Terry said...

Oh so sweet piano bench! Love your design.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Love this! new follower after finding your project on linky party!

laura@imnotatrophywife.com

http://imnotatrophywife.com

Ali said...

It turned out great. Good for you for thinking outside of the box :)

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I might just have to copy this one! I love it and I just happen to have a piano bench I don't know what to do with !
Great job
Susan

Beth said...

Oh my!! I am thinking this is genius! Love it, especially the know details. Very nice work:)!
Beth

Twice Nice said...

This is lovely! I'm lovin' that postcard look right now.Makes me want to make over my well worn piano bench too.
Deb

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

beautiful! i loooove those knobs you made to go with it! they are fantastic!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love it! The addition of the knobs on the side is so fun!

Lesley Litrento said...

Wow! Deneen....this was ALOT of work! Looks amazing....so many details. Now go rest. lol

Heaven's Walk said...

Deneen ~ What an INCREDIBLY beautiful job!!! I am over the moon in love with your bench! You were so darned creative with it all, I just had to bookmark this for a future project! :) LUV LUV LUV!! ♥

xoxo laurie

Anna said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it!!! I'm going to check out that graphics website, I've never heard of it.

Thank you so much for sharing over at the Weekend Warrior!

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

P.S. I'm going to FB/Tweet this.

Aroura said...

Wowza! I'm in love with that bench!

My Shabby Chic Home said...

It's so cute!!! I love it!!!

caspit said...

LOVELY!!! what a great bench remake!!! I love it.

Tammy @ Type A said...

amazing, you should link this to my party. it started yesterday and goes till thursday night.

i gave you an award!

http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/06/versatile-blogger-award.html

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful, very frenchy, very unique. Love it.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

I'm thinking you did one heck of a transformation. It turned out fantastic.

Debbie~refreshrestyle.com said...

Love this, it's beautiful!
Debbie

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Hi Jersey Girl,

Your redo is fantastic! It's the prettiest piano bench I've seen.

Dee your Jersey sister

Beans and Buttons said...

This is absolutely fantastic! Nice job!!

Kaye said...

I think you're brilliant!! I LOVE it. You've given me great inspiration!!!!!!!!

Thank you, thank you thank you!!

Michele said...

I absolutely love this! I would also love if you would share this at my linky party!

Mod Podge Amy said...

What a gorgeous re-do - this turned out so pretty!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

WOW this is such a gorgeous piece. You did an amazing job. LOVE it. Thanks so much for linking up to this week's BFF party!

Tania van der Merwe said...

love what you did with the bench, congrats on being featured on Graphics Fairy!

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Oh my goodness that is amazing!!! I LOVE it!!

Green Willow Pond said...

I so need a projector! Love what you did with the bench.

Christine Edwards said...

Saw your bench on The Graphics Fairy...fantastic job. Love it!

Rita said...

I think your table turned out really cool! Great work and hand painting is not easy. Just stopped by from The Graphics Fairy. Ciao Rita mammabellarte

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my BFF link party wrap up! If you'd like, please grab a featured button from my sidebar!

Firefly Notes said...

WOW!! this is soooo lovely! You did a great job!

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

Tres Jolie! I have been sitting on a piano bench for a year wondering what to do with it! I absolutely love what you've done and now you have my head spinning with ideas! I love the black and white, the toile, the signature, all of it! I found your blog through the Graphics Fairy.

Darlene said...

Your bench is so cool!!! Great idea with the script knobs.

Anonymous said...

I love it!!!

CreativSpirit said...

What do I think? I think I love it.

Cathy said...

Beautiful work!!! Love it!

Shaunna said...

So VERY, very cool and personal! Beautiful job and thanks so much for linking up to All Things Furniture!!
:-)
shaunna

lynne said...

Found my way here by way of The Graphics Fairy.

Just wanted to tell you that your creation is GORGEOUS!! I'm thinking of doing something similar with a table I'm working on - I just love how this turned out. Good job - and very inspiring!!

Bobbi said...

SWEET!! Love your use of the graphics and then well sanded...very beautiful.

poindextr said...

love this - it's adorable! You are so imaginative and I just love your techniques. Perfection!

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

OMG! Love this! I have a piano bench that could do with a little somin somin..
Might just copy you...just a little..
lol
Thanks!

Liz said...

Oh wow! I saw your bench on the Graphics Fairy & had to come and visit. I love this idea & I have a piano coming my way...eventually. (It has been bequeathed to us for a while now - it's just slow in making it to us.) Now I know what to do with the bench when it gets here! Thanks for sharing your wonderful talents!
Liz

The DIY Show Off said...

So pretty, Deneen! Great job!

Roeshel

Anonymous said...

I love the table. You said you handpainted the design on top using a projected image. Could you explain? Is it possible to mod podge an image onto a piece of furniture and still have it look good?