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The Benches
     The benches had come to the studio in pretty sad shape. One was painted and in pieces while the other one had no paint it had sustained  some major  dog chewing damage.
     Both benches had been found  decades before in a migrant farm workers camp....they had spent time in the owners home...then sold, then bought back.  
     They were brought  to our studio to be stripped, repaired and re-finished. We  decided to  paint and then age forward the final finish.      
     Here is how we completed the project !  





  

Now, let the work begin !!!!

The painted bench was stripped several times then hand detailed to get all of the  paint off the spindles and little joints, and sanded.

​ The unpainted  bench was stripped,repaired (remember, a dog tried to make the poor bench dinner !) and sanded.
The owners had decided to have the benches painted black  so I offered to do them in a faux style that would allow the benches to look aged. This requires that two colors be applied and the top layer then be taken back to represent time honored  wearing.

My customers chose "Bittenhouse Red" as the base color and "Satin Black" as the top coat. Both  colors were created by Old Village Paints. 

Now the benches look "new".......time to age them forward....


When I "age a piece forward" I spend time considering where the  the piece would have  had the bulk of use. It helps that I have done so much restoration work ....that allows me the experience in knowing the wear patterns.

With these benches  most commonly two adults would have sat at each end so...I rub out the top coat so that it reflects the wear  where they would have been sitting or leaning on  the seat. The top ends would wear as someone  had rested their hand  upon it as they  conversed  with someone. Boots would have scuffed the  outside area of the legs.....      


It is important to me that  I make my finishes look believable !

The drop leaf "Harvest" table that goes with these benches is now at the studio to be  finished also.......I will document its journey and add it to this post when done.

Thank you......Peaceful Blessings