Gossip Bench–{Roadkill Rescue}

I got this bench from my friend Julie who owns this adorable little antique shop in downtown Franklin, Indiana called Salvage Sisters.   She bought a house “as is” with a truckload of furniture in it.   She was ready to throw a bunch of stuff out and I got to pick through it. YYAY FOR ME… I was in furniture revamping heaven.   I found this little antique gossip bench that was in rough shape.   I asked her if I could rescue it and bring it back to life.   So I loaded it up and brought the gossip bench back home.

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She is a beauty now but she started out ready to be thrown in a landfill or used as firewood.

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Wood glue

Wood filler



air sprayer with air compressor


new cushion

chalkboard paint

small foam roller



The chair was broken and the bottom of the table was coming apart.   After a lot of wood glue and some clamps I finally had it back in sitting condition.

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I then removed the disgusting cushion and found some Waverly fabric at Joann Fabrics that inspired the color scheme for this piece.


The finish on the bench was practically coming off so I sanded the entire piece down to even out the surface and prep it for painting.

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I mixed some Sunshine Yellow and Antiques White Dutch Boy paint to lighten the yellow up and make it a creamy light butter color.

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Then I distressed the edges.   Usually when a piece is already worn I tend to distress it.   I feel like it goes with the piece’s vintageness.

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After I was done it didn’t seem complete.   I thought a little chalkboard rectangle on the table would go with the whole gossip theme. (Let me stop for a minute and say that I don’t condone gossip in case you were wondering Winking smile)

Using blue painter’s tape I marked off a rectangle and painted three coats of chalkboard paint on it.

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When dry overnight I prepped the surface by rubbing chalk onto it to condition the chalkboard.   So cute!!!

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This is perfect for an entryway.   I love the pop of yellow right when you walk in the door.

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if any of you locals are dying to own this piece check out Salvage Sisters where she will make her debut tomorrow.


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