Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Rockin' Robin

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So many bird titles, so few bird pieces.  I shall have to work on that.  Anyway, back when the Paint By Number inspiration overcame me I had 3 pieces of furniture pulled out to try it on.  #3 has already been tagged to try something totally different on at a later date.  But #2, well it made it to the race so to speak.
This is a wonderful vintage bench, solid oak, that I purchased from a neighbor's parents after they contacted me.  I adore this piece, and almost didn't paint it at all.  But something kept telling me that it needed a bit of something to take it's next step.

So I set out to paint it and then drew a bird on a branch paint by number to float around in the inset.  At first I painted this without all the clouds and it just did not jive at all.  Then I added a background to it.  Meh... It seemed too bright, too in your face.  I did what I always do when I get stuck on a piece.  I took a photo of it.  Something about looking at it on the camera screen and the computer makes your problem areas shout at you, and I usually know what to fix.  Actually in the photo the clouds looked better than they did in person.  But I did solve my problem.
When I had finished this piece I had really distressed the entire piece heavily.  The inset looked too finished and did not go with the rest of the bench.
So I distressed the heck out of it to match the rest of the bench and viola', I was quite happy with it.  It's not perfect, but then what PBN ever was?
It now has a more rustic, time aged feel to it.  I love it a lot!  Do I say that too much?
Here's the entire bench in all her new glory!  Rockin' the pretty little Robin with her Duck Egg Blue paint.  I think it is perfect now, and want to keep it so badly.  The Mr. is balking at moving the piano though.  I get it, but I'm not sure I'll give up on him yet!

At our house it's a Musical week.  My youngest just finished Summer Musical Theater with 2 amazing performances by the 50 talented kids at the Elkhorn Valley Community Theater!  My 2 Sr. High gals are wrapping up a week of Band Camp and are sure to wow us with a fantastic performance at the Band Expo tonight!  Good luck girls at the Drill down!

Thank you to the Ladies at Elizabeth & Co. for featuring my Paint By Number Dresser!  I LOVE their party and see so many inspiring pieces and recipes!  Go visit them!

Have a great week, dwiddly diddly deet...Rockin' Robin!
Linking to:

Elizabeth and Co.
Furniture Feature Fridays startathome.blogspot.com


  1. WOW! that is amazing!!!!! love it, deb! you are so talented!

  2. Your "paint by number" projects are BLOWING ME AWAY! Amazing...fabulous...creative...stupendous!

  3. You are becoming quite the artist! Or maybe you've just been holding out on us Deb! I really love the distressing on this one! If make it so soft and pretty with a natural aged feel! Can't wait to see what's next!

  4. Love the bench and I can sure see why you'd want it in your home. Are you going to sell it? Great find in the bench. Distressing the bench made such a difference, it all goes together now, love that pbn bird scene. I always wonder why that is but it is.
    People where I live (west of Grand Junction, CO)don't seem to care for distressing on pieces at all. They want perfect. I have a hard time doing perfect just in general purposes and cause I'm not perfect at what I do. We're trying to break into the market with our pieces but have a hard time as there aren't sources here to sell at. We've been here since 2004 and there has never been a vintage or flea market or antiques show. I miss that kind of thing so much from when we lived in western KY (north of Bowling Green).The prices here are ridiculously high, at thrift stores also.
    I found you thru Furniture Feature Friday, glad I did. Happy daze.

  5. I think this is beautiful and the bird looks like it belongs there! You really read this pieces mind!!


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