BEFORE AND AFTER FARM BENCH

A little paint can turn an old weathered farm bench into a bright seating spot on our newly painted barn porch.

First Stage:  Striping with painters' tape

First Stage: Striping with painters’ tape

For fun French linen-style, I used painters’ tape to block off stripes on each end of the bench after painting a block of white.

After painting the entire bench bright red, I removed the tape. Add a country gingham pillow using a recycled piano bench cushion and the perky bench is ready to join the porch.

Too cute!

Too cute!

FINISHED!

FINISHED!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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