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Project by rivergirl posted 04-08-2011 05:22 PM 2747 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The finish on this bench is red paint over black with a coat of stain for the aged look. A final coat of beewaw has been applied. Dimensions are approximately 36 inches long 14 inches wide and 18 inches high. Yeah I made 2 of them and posted them both in separate entries. But this one has 2 boards on the front and back instead of 3. ;) Hinges are rusted artificially.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."





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John

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 05:41 PM

I like it. I work primarily with scrap as well. Waste not…. I look forward to seeing more

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Dchip

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 05:45 PM

I liked the aged look. You mentioned stain in addition to black and red paint, at what point is the stain applied?

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 05:50 PM

Do you work 25 hours a day kelly ??

Another nice furniture :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 06:10 PM

Very nice. Wish I was better at painting and finish work, yours looks great.

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#5 posted 04-08-2011 06:19 PM

Napoleon- fits and spurts my friend. I am lazy lazy today- and it’s raining out so I don’t think I will build anything today. Dchip- and treebones.. the distressed finish is so easy- honest. You just brush on the first coat – I like to use black, but will use mustard, or blue if the top coat is going to be black. You use a very light coat of paint- ANY PAINT WILL DO- but flat is best. You don’t have to use expensive milk paint. honest. That first coat dries quickly. Then use a second color as the top coat- in this case red. Just use a dry brush technique- that means let some of the black paint show through here and there. Then after that dries you take a sander over it- I use a palm sander with 150 grit on it. Do the edges first- sand at an angle to the edge and take of the paint. expose the corners and other obvious wear points. Then dust it off. Next wipe on/wipe off a coat of stain. Dark color is best- walnut or ebony but I often use provincial too. And wala that’s it. If you want when it’s good and dry you can rub on a wax finish to deepen and enhance the finish. The hardest part is in allowing yourself to do a really crappy paint job. It will look awful after you sand it,, but don’t panic- the stain saves the day and pulls it all together in a jiffy. You can do this!! Honest!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 04-08-2011 07:59 PM

Kelly,

I see you are hard at again…..It must have warmed up enough for you to get some work done?

Stellar job as always on your rustic-style furniture…...Got any buyers yet, or are you just making it for yourself? Is that a fireplace I see in the background, or just a light on? Keep up the good work, and keep posting them projects….. I still say “You’ve got that magic touch”......:)). Beautiful…..as always.

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 04-08-2011 09:01 PM

I don’t make anything for myself. :) My house is so full of mission furniture that I literally have NO SPACE for anything new. I just stockpile it in the living room and in the library then I sell it eventually.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 07:54 AM

after I have seen this nice bench from you RG :-)
then I doubt you will have any problem building DivĀ“s table

take care
Dennis

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Dchip

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 02:31 PM

Thanks for the info, I will be trying this technique in the near future.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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#10 posted 04-13-2011 03:17 AM

Looks awesome …nice antique red look : )
If you’re taking these pix with your cell phone , you should be able to change the settings so the pix will be larger when posting them : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 04-13-2011 02:43 PM

I don’t own a cell phone. :) I use a little point and click. For all my photos I compress all the files for ease of loading, and also because many sites (etsy etc.) require compressed files. That’s why the pics are small. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 04-14-2011 05:26 AM

And now we know : )
Thanks , RG.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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