Hall Tree Bench

This hall tree bench is an antique and about 15 years 
ago my sister in law gave it to me because she was moving.

I vaguely remember her saying not to do anything to it
(or something like that) and well I didn't... 

until now.

Come on, really... it's been a long time.

I've kept my promise all these years and frankly, today, it was either paint it or move it in the basement.

It's a nice piece for the entry way but I just wasn't loving it anymore.

So today.... I did it. 

Agghhhh! Committed!

I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen
(the same color I painted my lower kitchen cabinets)
so I knew I loved the color.

When the paint dried I distressed all the edges and let the beautiful wood color shine through.

I gave the piece a couple coats of clear wax and put the hooks back in place.

I still have trouble photographing mirrors!

The bench seat is where I keep mittens and scarves.
This feather pillow was the perfect fit for the seat and the 
writing on the pillow went perfectly with the black hooks. 

painted the hooks black a while ago as a baby step toward painting the whole darn piece.

I have to say that I really hope one of my "favorite" sister in laws sees now that this really needed to be painted...

because it looks flippin' awesome and now I love it!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .