Thursday, November 10, 2011

Guest Bathroom “Waiting” Bench

Hello Everyone!   I finally finished up the guest bathroom “waiting” bench as my husband Charlie calls it. 


I can’t even remember where I bought the bench or even how much I paid for it but here’s a picture of the before. 


I used Annie Sloan chalk paint Versailles and Old Ochre.   I first painted it with Versailles and then painted Old Ochre as the second coat of paint.  I sanded the bench after I applied the dark wax.  Lastly, I applied the clear wax after sanding.  For me, this works the best.  It’s not so messy. 


I recovered the upholstery part with burlap and hot glued the trim around.


  I like having a bench in my bathrooms and mine are not used for “waiting”.  I use mine as a little table to house different things.  On this one I’ve placed a wire basket on top with a few bath items for guests who would like to take a hot soaking bath like my daughter Lauren when she comes home to visit.  


Have you ever tried the Epsom Salt Lavender Soaking Solution? 


I LOVE it!  I take a hot bath every night and I use this.  Not only does it smell wonderful but it leaves your skin feeling so soft. 


Hopefully, with the help of Charlie, this weekend my plans are to get up into the garage attic and bring down all my Christmas stuff so I can start my Christmas decorating….I can’t wait! 

As always, thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comments.  They are always appreciated. 


Linking this post to: 

Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
The Shabby Nest for Frugal Fridays
At The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
2805 for Potpourri Party


  1. Gail, it turned out beautifully. I must try the epsom salts. I am ready for Christmas stuff too. hugs♥O

  2. Hi Gail,
    Love the bench redo. What a wonderful idea! I think I'll try the epsom salts with the lavender scent.


  3. So cute! And the wire basket is the perfect touch ;)

  4. This turned out so cute! I really like your color combo and the burlap goes very nicely with it.

    All the best,

  5. What a great bench, Gail! I have a stool in our main bathroom that is awaiting a paint job. I think I got a sample pot of Paris Grey that I will be trying out on it. My stool is not as curvy as yours, but it seems to work well in this spot in the bathroom.

  6. The stool is too sweet and I adore it, but the news about the lavender Epsom salt is fabulous. I make my own but now I can just buy this. Thanks

  7. Your little bench is just darling! I have one kind of like that, I need you to inspire me to get some of my projects done!
    Those Epson salts would be welcome right now!
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. Looks great...and I can't remember the last time I took a bath??? Maybe I need some of that lavendar soak. It sounds heavenly :) Laurel

  9. Oh is looks nice in your bathroom. Love the basketful of toiletry needs...thanx for sharing...what a makeover! Tiffany

  10. Gail, I love your bench with the burlap and trim.

  11. This gives me a great idea for our upstairs bathroom! Thanks!

  12. I love, love, love your "waiting bench"!

    Well done.

  13. Gail,
    Very the colors that you went with and the burlap was just perfect for the top!!! Thanks for the intro about the bath salts...need to give them a try.


  14. oh it looks great! my grandparents had a bench in their bathroom too, it now is on my stairs landing!

  15. I love the details you have here! The basket, the neat old bench and the color scheme. I haven't tried those salts, but I will.

  16. Gail, it turned out great, all the details with the epson salts and baskets, so lovely! I love your bench it blends beautifully with the entire decor and color too. I had in another house a bench and it was so terrific for drying your feet, or making yourself a pedicure. Thanks for sharing, have a happy Sunday. FABBY

  17. I really like this makeover Gail. Love the little metal basket too.

  18. Wow! You did a fabulous job! It's gorgeous! And I love the basket full of bath goodies! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  19. Gail I lov eit! It is too cute and I would certainly wait there!;)

  20. Your waiting bench is lovely along with the basket full of goodies!

    Thank you for sharing your terrific ideas at Potpourri Friday!

  21. Gail you did a great job on that bench. Looks perfect there too. I can smell that lavender from here.

  22. Hi Gail! Oh, I love your bench and what a wonderful job you did on redoing it! That's a precious little wire basket with all the nice things in it. I will have to look for the lavender epson salt! That sounds heavenly!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. I had to laugh at the waiting bench! But I can see how handy that will be for watching my new grandson play in the tub, or rubbing on lotion, or ... whatever!
    Clever idea! and well executed.

  24. Gail, the *waiting* (lol) bench looks incredible. What a makeover! And, I love how you embellished it with the great wire basket and bath goodies, too!

  25. Wow! Love the bench.It looks fabulous!!

  26. So charming- I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

  27. Gail you did a fabulous job on that bench I LOVE IT!! Martina


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