Jan 18, 2017

The bench!

For a few years now, I've wanted something in front of the sofa that I can store stitching in.  I have the typical shaker looking bench which is narrow enough for a small room, and tried baskets and boxes on top of it.  Wasn't working out too well because I needed two hands to open the lid and retrieve an item.  I tried the bench with the hinged lid but I had to remove all items from the top before opening it.  I had a solution but never got around to following through. 
 
Because the last several projects involved changing not only colors, but design, I had way too much of a mess around me.  My DMC guides were referred to constantly for thread colors, and pads and pencils for sketching, and bags of floss that didn't work.  That forced me to try my solution.
 (Notice how many little red foils are mixed in.)
 
 
And here it is.  This is the typical style of bench that most of the shops had around here (and several that we made).
And here it is now.  We just cut out the front apron, touched up with some stain, added a board inside for a shelf!  This will go back in front of the sofa, open shelf facing me, and I can have easy access to my DMC guide, current project, tablets, and these black baskets from Michael's fit perfectly.  It will be nice to have a concealed spot to put all the accessories and keep the area much neater.  There's even room for a few books and it may not be a lot of storage but certainly enough for now. 

I haven't heard from Cathleen Nelson yet about the fabric.  I did reply to her email and listed her name in a post, but maybe other events have delayed her response.  If I don't hear from her soon, I will draw another name.  Hope all is well.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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29 comments:

Robin in Virginia said...

What a great updo on your bench, Marly! I like it and now you have given me something to ponder.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I love the bench! That is a great idea!!!

Fran Caswell said...

That is an awesome idea. I am always in need of storage spaces.

Maureen said...

A brilliant and attractive solution!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Clever Girl!
L

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
Absolutely wonderful idea!!! We all need extra storage space for our projects and you nailed it with your bench!!!! Thanks for sharing!!
I'm sure this will be a joy to use!!
Heart Hugs~
Julie

Mary said...

What an wonderful change! Clever!

Anonymous said...

Hello Marly, Great solution to your storage dilemma!! You are so creative and talented. Thank you for sharing. We love to see your photos, especially of the spoiled kitties and of course, your beautiful home and yard. Enjoy the nice weather your having. SAH

Dirt Road Primitives said...

I love the bench redo, clever.....if you have to redraw a name, I'm still interested.....
Thank you
Rhonda

Jacqueline said...

Brilliant!

Amanda said...

Your shelf idea is nothing short of brilliant! Would love to have something like that myself. Yes, it is that good.

Barb said...

What a great idea for storing your things, plus it's very pretty.

Rugs and Pugs said...

VERY clever!
Woo hoo. Mid-January and above freezing.
Hugs :)
Lauren

diamondc said...

Marly: Love what you did to this table, what a great idea, love the baskets.
I hope you pick my name.
I am organizing my beads and getting ready to redo my sewing room.

Blessings
Catherine

Theresa said...

What a beautiful table and an awesome idea.

CathieJ said...

I really like how you altered that bench for your needs. It is very pretty.

Penny said...

I would love to have even a fraction of the creativity you have. : ) Beautiful job!

C. M. Designs said...

I love your bench, Marly. What a great, inventive idea. The black baskets go perfectly with it.
Always need room for storage.
Charlotte in Va.

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Love it!

Stasi said...

Very clever. I have the same issue....tables I love but have hinges. Therefore, I never use them since I have to clear off first to get inside! :)

Vickie said...

A very clever solution!

Audrey said...

Love that idea for the bench - you are pretty darn smart!

Winnie Nielsen said...

Love your bench solution! What a great idea and one that mixes perfectly with your decor. Isn't it fun to be able to make something that looks nice AND solves a problem?

Maggee said...

You are such a creative genius! That looks great! Problem solved!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Marly, I'm loving the bench, great redo.Blessings Francine.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

LUV your bench...

Krissy B. said...

Marly, this is brilliant! I just might have to do this to a bench I have at the end of a bed. Such a perfect solution. We are always looking for more places to squirrel things away. My guess is there will be many taking advantage of this idea.Thanks for sharing.

laceystitcher said...

I absolutely love what you did with the bench; it is perfect! Great idea.

Ms Peppercorn said...

I so enjoy seeing pictures of your home. It's beautiful.

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