this is what i did today.
i painted this blah black and beige bench for my client to match the rest of her kitchen decor. she is going to use the bench along with some other chairs to go at her kitchen dining area...it's gonna be so cute! she was lucky to find this pretty bench second-hand on craigslist...it just needed a little facelift:
in addition to painting the black part, i stained the seat with a "java" furniture stain:
here is a little collage i made of the piece. i did it in a putty color, and distressed it and glazed it to make it look old - it actually looks better in person (everything always does - argh!). but i like the way it turned out, nonetheless!
she found this bookcase secondhand as well, and i gotta say, the red paint on it reallllly pepped it up. i love it now!