Creations, New Life for an Old Bench, Paint, shells and sea glass

This 12 year old bench is very sentimental to me


It is just a $100 bench from a big box store that we had to assemble


Two very special people painted it blue for me after it had been out in the weather for a few years


It survived Hurricane Ivan and Katrina


It resides on our front porch, and is looking really sad and shabby since we’ve been spiffing up the place~

I asked HH to move it to the back porch so I could do a little work on it while I was gazing at the sea…


Time for a little face lift!


I had a big can of Annie Sloan gray chalk paint, but that just wasn’t speaking to me… but my little sample jar of ASCP Florence was… People think chalk paint is expensive, but not me, you can get a lot of mileage out of a sample jar and I have used this paint on wood, metal, silver, painted surfaces, all with great results and fast application


A semi-dry brush stroke here and there, and this little bench perked right up, with still a lot of the original blue showing through


Perhaps some shells, sea glass  and a bauble or two~


I got out a variety of things and played around a little.  I try not to over think things and just go with my first instinct


Masking tape is your best friend here


It will hold everything in place until the glue dries.


I used E6000 glue.  I use this for everything, it is amazing stuff.  Salt air is the ultimate test of anything so I’ll let you know how it fares~

beach bench 1

Okay, off to its place by the front door~

seaside bench

I will have lots of fun with this bench

beachy bench

making it “purdy” for guests….

sea shell bench

We started calling our little coastal cottage Club Meon years ago, our little version of Club Med, haha, so I thought it would be fun to paint the name on the bench

personalized bench

It is a bright spot of welcome by the front door

beach bench

painted bench

It’s not the sturdiest thing anymore so I’ve got to keep a lot of stuff on it

sea shell bench 2

So nobody actually sits on it!!       😉

Well, that didn’t take long, hmmmm….I’m going to need something else to fix up….

E6000 is available at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby and Michaels

To find your nearest Annie Sloan Chalk Paint dealer and see the available colors click here

to see other chalk paint projects, click on the links below:

Chalk Paint Galvanized Pitcher

chalk paint pitcher

Chalk Paint Silver Candle Sticks

chalk paint candlestick

Painted Wine Bottles

painted wine bottle


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Katherine’s Corner

Work it Wednesday

Crafts a la Mode

The Dedicated House

Uncommon Designs

It’s Overflowing

Between Naps on the Porch

the Scoop

Coastal Charm

Memories by the Mile

A Stroll Thru Life

The Gunny Sack

The Style Sisters

Wow us Wednesday



21 Responses to “Creations, New Life for an Old Bench, Paint, shells and sea glass”
  1. Mary says:

    Love your face lift on your bench Jenna, the shells and glass marbles are such a whimsical touch and perfect with the aqua for the beach! E6000 and ASCP are wonder products, don’t you wish you had invented one of the them? 🙂

  2. Emily says:

    Don’t you just love bringing old pieces to life again with a little TLC? I love this style bench and you certainly gave it a great new look. Love the new color and how you added the star fish. Beach perfect! Have fun this weekend at the beach……………

  3. I am totally in love — always wanted a Lutyens bench for my non-existent fort porch. I have more of a stoop which doesn’t have enough room. Maybe in the yard?? This one is so to my taste.

  4. Jenna,
    Good looking makeover on your bench and I like how you added the name of your beach house on it. I’m a fan of ASCP too. Lovin’ those neat looking wine bottles! Have you been to the antique shop on Canal Road (behind McDonalds)? I will coming down to my condo for the day on Saturday.


    • Thanks Linda, I will have to check it out! My favorite store is Coastal Cottage on Canal Road near Coco Island, and they just opened another one by Shades in the Publix shopping center, nothing really vintage but some very cool painted stuff~enjoy your day!

  5. Liz says:

    I love your bench – nice color too. Thank you.

  6. Vikki Malone says:

    I absolutely LOVE the bench makeover, It turned out beautiful. Great job!

  7. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Your bench looks very welcoming Jenna! I’m sure you’re excited and ready for the nice long holiday weekend-enjoy:@)

  8. Ann says:

    Stunning bench. Love the color combination.

  9. Super cute bench! I love E6000 that rocks for DIY projects.Visiting from @DearCreatives Theresa

  10. I love the bench. You did such a great job. I have just the place for it ( wink) Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Your participation helps to make it extra special ♥

  11. plutrell says:

    So cute…and you made it all look easy! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog hop!

  12. laurendaisycottage says:

    Very nice! Love the color you chose for your bench. I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  13. glitterglueandpaint says:

    Jenna! The bench is absolutely beautiful. I love how you just let your imagination show in everything you do. Thanks for sharing at Project Pin-it!


  14. Kim says:

    I don’t know how I missed this post! Your bench looks very nice. The embellishments are so fun, and I love the name! 🙂

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