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3 men and a baby (crib...bench)

Posted by Jennifer on Monday, 13 February 2012 in Junkin' for Jesus

A few months ago we had to take down the cribs in the church nursey - the kind with the drop down sides - because they are no longer considered safe.   I Googled "things to do with old cribs" and up popped the pictures of benches.  I loaded the cribs in my car and took them straight to the person who only has to see a picture to make it happen - my dad, Lloyd (the 1st man).  Two days later he had bench #1 made!

Prepped for design


Then he made a 2nd one from the church cribs and then I went in the attic and got down the crib used for my babies and now we have three!  One to keep and two to sell at the church bazaar - oops!, make that one to sell at the church bazaar, one has already been sold! 

I was dreading the painting part of this - all those spindles!  But someone else came to my rescue, the 2nd man, a man with a paint sprayer!  I covered the backyard with drop cloths, set out the three benches, the two cable spools, and a yard sale table.  While his children, Virginia Catherine and Vanessa, and I went to the park, ate lunch and took a nap, Cary worked his magic and had everything painted (3 coats worth) in one afternoon!  If we are going to continue with projects like this, someone in the craft group has to learn to use a paint sprayer.

I finally decided on an argyle pattern, and then man number 3 came to my rescue - one with the patience and mathematical aptitude to figure out the layout and how to make it work.  It's a good thing this man lives with me because it took several days to get this done...   measuring, taping, painting, then moving the tape to do 2 or 3 diamonds at time.

After all the painting I used an antiquing glaze to add an aged look.

In the family room


The final step will be to  put a sealer on to protect the paint.  Then it will be ready.  The next question is how to paint the next one?


On the porch

See how cute this can be on a front porch?  Any suggestions for the color and design on the remaining bench?





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