Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Swap

Last summer, my husband and I attempted to make a bench from a headboard & footboard that I bought at Goodwill. You know the kind... you see them all over Blogs & Pinterest. As it turns out, we didn't find it quit as easy as it seems.
When we cut the footboard for the arms (which would also work as the front legs) we cut it crooked. So...no arms it is!
Then, the wood we used to build the seat was too soft to support the front legs. At this point we thought that maybe we should just cut the back legs off and turn this thing into a swing!!!
Instead, it sat and sat and sat in the garage.  

Fast forward to April...
our friend, Steve, asked me about painting a sign for his business.
I said, "of course" and asked for advice about the bench (did I mention he's a builder?).
He agreed to fix the bench in exchange for the sign. 
And now the bench reveal...

And, here's the sign I painted for him...


Steve made the sign out of salvaged wood...

Then, I whitewashed it and added the detail...


And, after sitting for months in my garage, I'm happy to report that when I took the bench to the shop, it sold in less than a week!



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29 comments:

  1. I think it looks great with no arms! Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  2. What a beautiful bench - LOVE the color you chose - and that sign is pretty awesome too!
    hugs,
    Suzan

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  3. Love the bench and the color. You guys did a great job.
    Have a happy day,
    Tina

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  4. Love this bench!
    We are new followers. I would love for you to come check out our blog [ http://www.orchardgirls.blogspot.com. Thanks, hope you're having a great day :)

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  5. The sign and the bench turned out wonderful! I love a swap where everyone wins!!!

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  6. Wow! Love the bench and the sign! I'll take one of each! ;)

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  7. Those are such great projects!!
    Thanks for sharing them with us,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  8. That is a pretty awesome swap. They are both great items for sure.

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  9. I am in awe of anyone who can make a sign!! Yours looks great!! Love the bench too. I have yet to do a furniture piece, but I'm about to rectify that!

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  10. The sign is AMAZING and the bench is FABULOUS!!!!! Applause for the 2 stars : ) you really know how to rock a project my friend!!!! : ) hugs...

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  11. Love that sign, would look good in DH's garage! Well done in selling the bench, re-cycling at it's best.

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  12. Hey Artsy, that was a great swap you made! The bench turned out fabulous and your sign is pretty awesome too!

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  13. Two birds with one stone! Love the sign as much as the bench. There does seem to be a learning curve with the bed benches that I have yet to figure out.

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  14. This looks great! This would be perfect to link up to my "Create It Thursday" post here! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/05/create-it-thursday-1.html

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  15. Both the bench and the sign are fabulous Virginia. Easy to see why the bench sold quickly. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  16. Love the bench and the sign! You are talented, lady!! :) I popped over from Or So She Says...--thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  17. My daughter wants to make one of these so I'm pinning this! I'd love to have you share this at my party also. Best wishes, Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/05/what-to-do-weekends-party-19-and-target.html

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  18. I love the bench! (and the color too!) Feel free to join my link party with this project! Crafty country cottage link party @ Old Red Barn.

    Goedele

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  19. Love that sign!! I'm featuring it in the Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

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  20. I love your bench! I would love to have you at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  21. That's a fabulous sign...thanks for sharing! And thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!

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  22. Your sign is beautiful! Very rustic! I'm going to have a go myself at revamping some furniture, it must be so much more satisfying to have it in your home if you've had some input into its making!

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  23. The bench is awesome and so it that sign! You did a great job on t :) I have a couple of those bench type projects going on now too lol.. I'm glad you got it done though.

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders. Hope you're having a great week!

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  24. I clearly don't Pintrest enough. This is the first place I have seen the bed -> Bench idea. I think it will look totally awesome at my ranch!

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  25. Great sign and bench. What a great trade off. Thanks for joining us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  26. Thanks for linking up at Assets and Efforts on HickoryTrail

    Angela

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