Monday, March 28, 2011

Getting Back Into The Swing Of It All...

Isn't it hard to get back to work after a break? And it didn't help that the first project I needed to address was to finish sanding all these legs!


They aren't perfect, but they are about as clear of the previous finish as they need to be.


And as I was so happy with the result of the refinished table, using clear Briwax, I decided to try this product again on the bench legs.


This time I've ordered a can of Briwax in Tudor Brown, which should give the wood a bit of color to help them coordinate well with the table legs.


While I wait for the Briwax to arrive I've attached the legs to the bench, which was as simple as turning them into their designated holes. I'll remove them again when it is time to apply the Briwax, but having a standing bench in place will help when moving onto the next steps.


 Don't the legs look good with the table legs?


Then I started to remove the nail head trim so work can begin on recovering the cushion. It quickly became apparent my goal to salvage and reuse the nails was not going to be entirely successful, as some broke in the process. Amazingly I found the identical style after a few minutes of searching online. What would we do without Google?!


The original nail head trim.


The nails on order!


Finally, the faux ostrich from Calico Corners just arrived. I'm crazy about it! With the bench in place and the material draped over the cushion, I'm definitely visualizing where this is redesign is headed. Now to just get it all done...

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  1. I cannot wait for this bench to reach the final stage.

    I have been hanging on to every posts updating us through this process.

    As always you are so detailed and precise and I know there will be a lot more exciting projects to come.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  2. This bench is going to be amazing.Thanks for all the great images.

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  3. My legs could use a little sanding too. Winter is rough on them!
    Your fabric looks great with your newly painted cabinet.

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  4. The bench is going to be amazing! Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  5. Oh yes! I can't wait either. I'm lovng the direction that you're headed in and the legs on the bench are so cute. I didn't realize they were on casters!

    Hurry and finish;)

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  6. The faux ostrich is scrumptious and the whole she-bang is well thought out. Can't wait to see the final product!

    Cathy

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  7. LOVE this project. The bench is going to be spectacular. I think I need to make a trip to Calico Corners soon - that faux ostrich is stunning!!

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  8. The fabric is going to look great, Janell! I love seeing how the color works with your cabinet with that peek under the dining table view. What good luck finding the same nailheads. Can't wait to see the finished bench.

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  9. Great pieces make a great project just like fresh ingredients make a good soup! Can't wait for all the pieces to come together. Going to be beautiful!

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  10. So exciting to watch your progess! You are such an inspiration to me and my DIY dreams!

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  11. It's going to look great. You're fabric is gorgeous!

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  12. This is awesome! Love it and cannot wait to see the finished product!

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  13. I was just thinking about your bench last night and wondering about its progress... Sooo excited to see the final product!

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  14. It's going to be so gorgeous - beautiful job!
    Can't wait to see the results!

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  15. Looking forward to seeing how you handle the tufting. It may be the answer to a dilemma I am having with one of my chairs!

    Loving the ostrich!

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  16. I am really loving this project..i can already see that the bench is going to look gorgeous..i have the actual finished image in my head!! great going, janell! xx meenal

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  17. This is all looking so good. Will stay tuned...

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  18. I know this is going to be a beautiful bench! I love those legs!

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  19. I absolutely LOVE it Janell- seriously perfect!!!

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  20. Welcome back....we missed you! I love what you are doing with the dining room!!!
    Benches are my new love and yours is perfect!!!

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  21. Wow, I can't wait to see the finished product! The faux ostrich is amazing!

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  22. I'm in love with your bench. I agree with Mr. Goodwill hunting, I'm anxious to see the end results!

    Ruthie

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  23. Everything looks fantastic, even "in process"! I'm waiting with bated breath to see your bench completed!

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  24. I'm a new follower and love your blog!!

    www.lovinthat.blogspot.com

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  25. You have more patience than I can imagine. Sanding all of those legs. The thing is...your bench will be perfect because of it.

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  26. You've got great legs, Janell! I am so excited to see it all together. And anxious to see how the fabric works on the corners. I am sure it will be beautiful.

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  27. It is going to be fantastic. Don't you just love Briwax. It is perfect for anything. Can't wait to see it all done. Hugs, Marty

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  28. Great choice in fabric, so looking forward to the end result! :)

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  29. I know this project will turn out great. I love the fabric you're planning on using. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  30. That is going to look GREAT!!!! Can't wait to see it all done!

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  31. This is going to look fabulous. I can't wait fr the reveal!!

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  32. I can't wait to see this bench complete! I love the faux ostrich!

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  33. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. Good job finding the same nail head trim on the internet.

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  34. I really like that you're doing benches - it seems like they'd be big group friendly. I'm trying to decide on a new dining table myself - but want the seating to be comfortable to. Hmmmm....Thanks for sharing and look forward to seeing the finished look! - Cailan

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  35. ahh, you're amazing! Those legs are great!

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  36. Fantastic! I love all of the elements...you are one smart deco gal!!

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  37. This bench is looking great so far! I can't wait to see it complete. Your choice of fabric is perfect!

    Sherry

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  38. What a fantastic job you're doing! I'm so impressed with the sanding job! Cannot wait to see the end result. Nicolex

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  39. This is going to look so great! I hope you had a lovely break - I love your new pic! :)

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  40. Adore the table, Love the faux ostrich and can't wait to see the bench finished.

    Er um, it might just be the lighting in the pics, but I noticed that the bench legs look a little reddish from their previous finish - not the colour at all of the table or anything else there really.

    Sometimes, if you dip them in a very mild solution of bleach (you'll have to test for strength)for a short period, it just takes out the red tone. It's not the best thing to do to wood, you can't leave them in for long and you'll have to re-sand them afterwards (delightful), but it has worked well for me on past projects - just my restorer's two cents - I'd hate you to go to lots of work and not like the result.

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  41. Obsessed with the faux ostrich...can't wait to see the end result!!

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  42. I'm really loving this fabric you've chosen! I'm excited to see the bench when you're all finished.

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  43. Can't wait to see the finished product! The fabric is amazing. Oh, and yes, thank goodness for Google!

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  44. Hi Janell, I can't wait to see the finished results of your dining room redesign. I have a question for you... the dining table that you bought is behumoth in size, did you do all the sanding indoors and if so how did you keep your house from being enveloped in a dust cloud? Also the side board that you painted, did you do the work on it indoors too? I have several projects requiring sanding, painting and or staining and I don't have a crew of muscle men to haul this stuff out the door and back on every whim.

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  45. Hi Lisa,

    Oh, I'm so busted, yes I did the work indoors. First, I use a sander with a bag, so that collects a large deal of the dust. Then I stop and vacuum frequently. If I waited for warm weather and people to haul things in and out of the house I'd never see progress on anything. would have gotten upset with my purchase!! :) I can't say it is Plus if I had to star at that green table for more than a couple days I ideal, but it works for me!

    Good luck getting started on all your projects! Janell

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  46. it looks amazing so far. can't wait to see the final product come together!

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  47. It's going to look fantastic. I'd love to know how you were able to get the sanding done on those legs in all the little nooks and crannies. I have a piece of furniture that belonged to my late brother that I'd love to restain, but don't know how to get into the turns in the legs.

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  48. Hi Karen,
    I just folded sanding paper in half and ran it back and forth in the groove. Went through a few sheets! Hope this helps...:)
    Janell

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  49. I just love the finish on your table and the bench legs are looking so perfect. The fabric you choose is equally as beautiful. It is all gorgeous!

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