Monday, April 20, 2015

Take a Seat

On a guestroom bench!

I found this little bench at a yard sale.
It was being sold by a grandmother who said,
her grand daughter made it for her in shop class.

She was selling it????
Well, I don't have any grands yet, but this broke my heart
and it had to come home with me.

Oh course it was not painted like you see here at first.

You know I 'm famous for not taking before pics,
 but in it's beginning it was raw wood and ready to stain or paint.

That yard sale was some time ago and I have loved this piece in many ways and makeovers
ever since.
This is the latest painted for a little seat  placed at the end of the bed in our guestroom.

A little spot to sit, place a piece of luggage, put on your shoes and more.
I like that the little student made a hand lift in the seat for ease of moving.
And she added a shelf on the bottom where I placed this basket for little essentials 
I like to add when guests visit.

Perfect at the end of the bed painted in chalk paint of a light ivory on the bottom and light grey
for the seat top.

The colors pick up the quilt colors perfectly.

The stencil is a vintage style Hotel address in France.

In a room with shades of soft grey, blue, browns and ivory, it fits right in.

I want folks to feel at home sweet home, like this pillow says,
hand created by my mother so many years ago.

A few books to curl up with under a little throw I crocheted last year.

Little goodies tucked in small places.

An angel watching over guests in their stay.

A room to feel like a cottage stay, I hope!

Scented with flowers and dreams.

A perfect little seat in this small room
with a BIG  welcome!

Thanks to the little student taking shop class, 
I have this little seat to enjoy in our guestroom.

I want her to know, her work has not gone unloved.

Thank you for stopping by to visit.
Welcome to all new followers and long time friends too.

See you next time.
Celestina Marie



Anonymous said...

Good Morning, Celeste. I really love the bench. How smart the young student was to create such a useful piece. It looks lovely in your guest room. I adore seeing the special keepsakes and made with love creations that make your room extra special. Have a lovely Monday.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

You made the bench look so cute. It's hard to imagine why the grandmother would let something go that her grandchild made. Some people are just too practical. The nice accents you added look perfect!

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, what a lovely addition to your guestroom. The bench looks so pretty, your makeover and basket are a great idea.. Perfect spot at the end of the bed.. Have a happy Monday!

Feral Turtle said...

Girls in shop class!!! I love to hear that. You did an amazing paint job on your lovely new bench.

Anonymous said...

HI Celeste! Oh, this little stool is gorgeous. You did a beautiful job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda M. said...

Oh My Goodness! I'm so glad you found that bench and rescued I have not seen one like that with the shelf and it looks much larger than the typical little wood-shop benches. It looks so beautiful now and your guest room is gorgeous. You are amazing Celeste. Hugs, Linda

Jan Hermann said...

What a beautiful bench!! You did a lovely job painting it. I would LOVE to be a guest in your guest room! ♥

Perhaps the mother having the garage sale, was selling that bench, because she really needed the money (I can relate)...not that she didn't want the bench (that would be heart-breaking) her daughter made for her.


Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
this bench really is a wonderful treasure! A great Addition for your guestroom! Well done, dear friend!
Wishing you a lovely new week, sending Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Valerie-Jael said...

What a treasure you have made out of this bench! I am glad it landed in your cabale hands. Hugs, Valerie

Cynthia said...

I'm happy this little bench found a wonderful home. I love your touches and the treasures in the room. Your guests may not leave


Judi said...

How sad that a Grandmother felt she didn't care about her beautiful gift. I have a mug rack which my eldest granddaughter painted for me when she was about 6, it was done with love especially for her Nana, and to this day still takes pride of place in my kitchen. She's now 14 and was surprised to see that when we did our recent update in the kitchen that her mug rack came back in with the other pieces, but I could see that she loved the fact that I still appreciated the love behind the gift. Anyway, sorry for the waffle, and I'm glad that you show that little stool the love it deserves.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

A precious build by a young student to be purchased by you and given a beautiful style to be loved and used in your home. Being blessed with Grands I can't imagine such a useful gift made in love being sold at a garage sale. It brings sadness to me. Thanks Celeste for showing it love and bringing it home.

decorayadora said...

Hi dear Celestina!! Que bonito ese asiento !! Me gusta mucho su apariencia chabby!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Such a sweet bench....I could never let something like that go....I cannot even part with the tiniest note from my granddaughter....I am so happy that you rescued it and giving it a nice home and giving it lots of love as you did...beautiful room that I am sure your guests love to stay in!!

Donna said...

What a sweet bench, Celestina! I love your paint and stencil transformation, it looks perfect at the foot of your guest bed. It makes me sad to know the grandma didn't want to keep it. I love your bedding and crocheted throw, and all of the pretty accessories you've added to this lovely and welcoming room!

Sola Scriptura said...

I'm so glad you have given that bench a lovely new home. You made it look simply beautiful!

doodles n daydreams said...

I have a spice rack that a granddaughter made for me several years ago, not the most beautiful thing but I can't do away with it - too precious.
I love what you have done to the stool, it'll have years of loving in it yet.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Celeste, your find is SUPER! And your paint job really makes this an extra perfect find. I found a little white bench just like this a few weeks ago, and I love it. It has the original white chippy paint, so I didn't need to paint it, but it looks so good as is coupled with other more elegant pieces.

You did very well! Hugs sweet friend! Anita

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I took my time and enjoyed every word (smile)
I choose to think that bench was looking for a good home and that sweet Momma sold it to a wonderful home!
I am always drawn to little tables and benches and single chairs. It inspires me to see what you do with yours!
I am hoping to get my new drapes made this week! Thank YOU!
Hugs, Roxy

Linda Walker said...

So sweetly done Celeste! Who could part with such a gift? It does look so pretty and welcoming in your guest room though and I love the way you finished it! I couldn't help but notice all the pretty things you photographed with it, the linens (LOVE) and the beautiful afghan (LOVE), I guess I love it all! Such a lovely guest room!

Debbie said...

The little bench looks right at home in your guest bedroom, Celeste.
The paint colors are perfect, and I love the lettering.
The whole room is just beautiful!
Have a nice week.

Deborah Montgomery said...

I agree, kind of sad that the bench was being sold. But you have made a lovely treasure out of it, and are honoring her work. Your guest bedroom looks so cozy and inviting. I love the beautiful afghan you made. Hugs to you sweet friend. xo Deborah

Joy Junktion said...

I cannot believe that grandma sold it, I can't even get rid of pictures my grands color for me :) It is a beauty that I'm sure will continue to be well loved in your beautiful home! Blessings, Cindy

Tete said...

I just cannot believe a grandmother would let something like that go! You have done a wonderful job creating a cozy place for visitors to lay their pretty. The bench just finishes it off. Love the stencil you used. Hope your week is going good!

Alessandra said...

The bench looks so pretty. You made a great and very romantic restyling. The stencil is very pretty.Yoru guest room is very inviting.

Anonymous said...

Celeste, you turned this bench into a treasure! You have added just the right accents to your basket for your guests! What a lovely inviting space to rest! I bought a wedding dress, from 1900, that a lady was selling. She was also selling her daughter's wedding dress from 1942. It made me so sad! I couldn't buy both, but do cherish the one I bought. I have it in my guest room too. I'm thrilled our items have new homes where they are loved! Hope you're having a wonderful week!

TexWisGirl said...

it is PRECIOUS! i'd never have sold it!!

Ping's Nom Fiction Life said...

What a wonderful bench and how you add a cosy touch to your guest room. I love the writing and my kind of font. Also, the idea of putting in a few books under the bench. Love! Have a wonderful day!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That is beyond sad that the grandmother would sell that, heartbreaking. But your guest room is absolutely charming and the bench has the perfect home. I would be so happy to stay in a lovely room like that. Your guests are fortunate!

Gypsy Heart said...

How beautiful this room is! I could crawl in that bed and zonk out I know. I cannot imagine that lady selling such a precious and priceless gift. So glad that you are the new owner and will care for it. You did a beautiful job on refinishing it and it's sitting in a perfect place! Love the pillow your mom made as well as the afghan you made.

I so appreciate your stopping by my blog! I just saw that you had left a sweet comment and realized I didn't receive an email. Couldn't find your email addy so here I am! :)

Hope you have a wonderful week!

farmhouse-story said...

the bench turned out so pretty Celeste! it's hard to believe a grandma could sell that, but it has found a great new home :-)

Julie's Lifestyle said...

The bench you painted and decorated is so pretty Celestina! I love the guest room too so comfy looking. Have a nice day.
Julie xo

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I adore that bench! So pretty and it would have came home with me too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Stephanie said...

I'd say the bench went to the perfect home, my friend :) Your sweet little bench looks perfect in the bedroom and your painting is simply divine! I love how your make beauty out of the "ordinary" things, dear Celeste. You are such a wonderful, talented lady.

Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - it's always a joy to have you at the party! Much love!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great bench and I love what you've done to it, Celeste! How sad that the grandmother was selling it.


Your guest bedroom is lovely and the bench is perfect in there!
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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a beautiful little bench and so perfect for the end of the bed. That room is stunning and what guest wouldn't feel so welcome there.
To think that girl made that for her grandmother - that is so special.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs my dear sweet friend.

Rue said...

Such a sad thing that she had to sell the bench, but so wonderful that you snatched it up and made it a lovely addition to your beautiful guest room :)

Well done, my friend!


Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What a lovely bench for your room.
So very sad story. You have shared this bench and it's history. Touching and so sweet. xo

cynthia lee designs said...

Love your guest is so pretty! The little bench is perfect at the end of the bed. What a great find!!

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

I wish she hadn't sold it, but it found a wonderful home and now I'm sure it's even more lovely than before.

Jill said...

The bench is delightful! Sad she was selling it though... lots of memories there I'm sure, but time to create new ones. Your room looks so warm and welcoming for guests. You have a true talent! Have a lovely weekend!


Laura Turner said...

What a lovely bench and a beautiful guest room! Quite an honor to the young girl who made it!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Love it! What a great idea to stencil the Paris hotel on a bench in the guest room. I love that it has a little shelf under it. I can't believe the grandmother could sell it, but lucky you.

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..