Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Benches...

What could be better than one bench?


A pair of benches!

Last week I mentioned that my Carpenter was building a couple of benches for one of my clients, and here is how they turned out...

I love all of the knots and wood grain that shows through in them!


We came up with the design based off of how we wanted them to look and function...

I am extremely pleased with them and I was actually a bit sad to see them leave our garage! But they look great in my client's entryway/living room and I think they will be a wonderful asset when it comes to hosting the large gatherings that she puts on for her extended family!

Benches are a great option for portable, yet beautiful, seating when it comes to entertaining!

I used

Minwax Wood Finish

in Dark Walnut #2716


Minwax Wipe-On Poly

in Clear Satin

I cannot say enough good things about the Wipe-On Poly!
It was so easy to apply and I love the look that it created on the benches - a hand-rubbed finish was exactly what I was looking for!

We actually like them so much that we're considering making two more and using them in place of our 4 chairs at our kitchen table!

Stay tuned!

There may be more benches to come!


Jennifer said...

They look great! Love the dark color!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...


~Kristen~ said...

I have always wanted to replace the chairs at our table with benches. Something like this would look so great!

bagfashionista said...

they are absolutely beautiful....this is going to be on the list for my husband to try and build. would it be possible for you to post pictures of the projects that your "carpenter" is working on, in various stages, to show to process? Love the one about the nook that you had in the kitchen where you put in a built in bench with storage

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Karla, those benches are beautiful. Love how the different colors of the grain stand out, zebra-like, in a good way :)

I love Minwax and their wipe-on poly too. I just used it on my dining table refinish and it was a ZILLION times easier to use than traditional brush-on stuff. I just blogged about the table if you'd like to check it out :)

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Really beautiful! I love the finish!
As much as I love painted furniture, it is refreshing to see people appreciating the beauty of natural wood too.
Great job!

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Very pretty!

Rebekah said...

Absolutely beautiful!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Those are wonderful. I love the simple lines.

~ Sarah

Patrice said...

I love those beautiful wooden chairs.