By Vicky Nardone
Here is what the bench looked like when I started. Pretty rough shape right? The foundation of the bench was still solid but the paint was peeling all over the place!
Next came the fun part. I spent hours in JoAnn fabrics the morning I did this project deciding what I wanted to use for decorations. I found the cutest scrapbook sayings and accessories pack with flowery garden type images. Since this bench was meant to go next to the flowers in our front yard, I decided this would be the perfect way to decorate the bench! Here are the four saying I chose to mod podge onto the seat.
The finishing touch though was the layer of jewels I applied to the front of the seat portion of the bench. I found this ginormous bag of jewels at Jo Anns and used a 40% off coupon to get them for $12. I might have over-estimated the amount of jewels I needed because I think I have enough left over to last me the rest of my life. I applied mod podge to small areas of the front and then stuck jewels on one by one till the front was covered. It took about a good hour.
I then set the bench in the front garden so I could take some pictures of it It will color coordinate better in the spring when we get really pretty tulips in the front.