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Adopt a Bench

I adopted a bench. It was homeless and needed a home that would show a little TLC. My foyer was empty and feeling neglected too, so, Mr. Cozi and I bought it from a nice man at the 181 Flea Market here in Fairhope and brought it home.

Painting a Bench

Although it was a happy purchase, it looked a little dark and dreary in it’s new home, so I decided to give it a little attention to cheer us all up. Here’s a sneak peak of how it turned out…

Adopt a Bench

Here are a few before pictures:

The tender loving care included removing the glued-on trim, removing the upholstery, painting, waxing and then reupholstering with a nail head trim. It took a few days, but I am very pleased with the results.

  1. I used a steamer to soften the glue and remove the trim. This was actually the easiest part of the job.
  2. Then I painted the entire piece with 2 coats of Amy Howard Chalk-paint in Chelsea and used a dark wax.
  3. I added the upholstery and attached the nail heads. (Sorry, I forgot to get pictures of this process, but it was fairly easy.) I used the nail heads that were on a roll and just had to add nails at 4 space intervals.

Bench 16a

Doesn’t it look so much cheerier?

Bench 14a

Bench 12a

It is now a welcoming piece to come home to and helps define my entrance.


Foyer Definition

We have an open floor plan and there was no place for furniture in the foyer… Until I adopted a bench.

Kim @ CoziNest


  • Marcia

    04/24/2015 at 10:08 am

    Miss reading your posts and staying in touch, Kim.
    Hurry back soon, friend. Blogland not the same without you.

  • Jenna

    04/24/2015 at 8:31 am

    Hi Kim, I just dropped in to check on you~ love the bench, Wow, great makeover! I’ sorry you’ve been so so busy! I hope it’s mostly been busy good! I will be in Orange Beach the first 2 weeks of May so I hope to catch some of the bloggers if they meet~any chance you’ll be around?

  • W

    04/23/2015 at 5:26 am

    Just wanted you to know I really miss your posts…please write.

  • CraftyHope

    04/13/2015 at 3:55 pm

    Oh yes, I like it much better now! It would have never caught my attention in the state it was before. However, your transformation would have stopped me in my tracks. Beautiful, beautiful!!

  • Alan

    04/13/2015 at 11:06 am

    I like it! Gonna miss getting together with you and all my blogging friends tomorrow. Enjoy the meeting!

  • Beckie Nash

    04/12/2015 at 10:13 am

    You just have a God given talent of making anything look prettier. The bench looks great.

  • Judy Pimperl

    04/07/2015 at 9:09 pm

    It looks really nice, Kim! It’s so much better the lighter color.

  • Marcia

    04/07/2015 at 11:17 am

    Love, love, love! What a great makeover, and it’s perfect for your open foyer.
    I’ll be chalk painting a little side table this weekend, fingers crossed. 🙂 I don’t do this often, like natural maple, but recently added a refinished console to our living room and for cottage style decor mixed finishes are key.
    Clicking away inspired. 🙂
    Hope you had a lovely Easter.

  • Ellen

    04/06/2015 at 6:01 pm

    This looks so cute — totally different. I did a double take because my late cousin had one of these in her house that looked the same. It is pretty astonishing what some paint and new fabric can do. I was wondering where you found the nailhead trim on a roll. I have a couple of pieces I am working on and have considered using nailhead on one of them.

  • Charlotte

    04/06/2015 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful! Looks right at home.

  • JennyLeigh

    04/05/2015 at 10:43 pm

    I LOVE it! I have an armoire that I have been wanting to chalk paint but I have
    been worried that it might be too intensive. Maybe I will just get my hiney to work and try it. Good work Kim!

  • Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co.

    04/03/2015 at 3:31 pm

    Wow! What a difference. It went from looking like something in Granny’s house to something on HGTV!

  • Lorraine

    04/03/2015 at 1:43 pm

    It came out great! I love it! Now I want one. 🙂

  • W

    04/03/2015 at 12:48 pm

    Terrific. Job well done. I love it in your foyer. I love all the colors you chose as well.

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