Wednesday, February 27, 2013

If he were a Carpenter

Thanks so much to Rooted in Thyme for the feature!!!

Hi Everyone!
Remember this pile of pallet wood I was supposed to make my son artwork from?


Well Mama got greedy - and decided to use it for herself ( don't worry Gordie - I promise I'll make you something - scout's honor - just not THIS week )

Well progress in the bedroom continues -
We have a very small master - very very small - so everything has to be stragically placed to optimize space.
I've always liked having a bench at the foot of the bed - but just couldn't make it work in this house - without walking around with black and blue legs from smashing into it constantly.
After walking by this pallet wood for a few days, an idea started forming in my head - what if we ( I use "we" very loosely in this case ) could make a custom piece - very narrow - but still a BENCH???

Suzan says - John, do you think you could make me a bench for the foot of the bed?
John says - No Suzan, I cannot, I'm not a carpenter
Suzan says - How hard can it be to do?
John says - Very hard - if you've never done it before,
Suzan says - Oh but it's nothing really - just a few planks of wood - and some more wood for legs - there's nothing to it really
John says - So you make one
Suzan says - I'VE PAINTED THE FLOOR - I'VE PAINTED OUT FURNITURE - CAN'T YOU JUST SAW UP A COUPLE OF PIECES OF WOOD?
John says - Listen to me carefully, I'M NOT A CARPENTER
Suzan says - But it doesn't TAKE a carpenter to make a little bitty bench -
Suzan says - AND it doesn't have to be functional - it's not to actually sit on
John says - Well what the hell is the point then?  Just to look at ?
Suzan says - Yes - just to look at, it would make my heart so happy just to have a little bench to LOOK at.

That night John started working on one -
Look what he made!!!
Keep in mind he has never built anything before - EVER.

Pallet board, DIY, Bench, White wash

It's rustic - and shabby - and perfectly imperfect - and fits exactly how I thought it would.


bench, pallet boards, white washed,

Oh oh, there's some space beneath the bench - can't have any of that!
( remember, small room, have to utilize every square inch )

Does anyone remember this? ( if not you can find it HERE )
It was an old wooden crate that I picked up for 5.00 last summer - I painted it white and stencilled it AND

DIY, Parisien address, storage box, white washed

it fits under the bench like it was meant to be there - and gives me more storage

Bench, diy, pallet wood, white,

I love that I have somewhere to place a few books


I dry brushed it white - with a little blue here and there - and for 5 dollars I have a bench and storage!


Suzan says - Do you think you could build me a little bookshelf
John says - Relax. I think you're overestimating my abilities here.
John says - And whatever you do - DON'T SIT ON THAT BENCH.................
John says - I TOLD you, I'm not a carpenter
Suzan says - Oh but John, I beg to differ.......................

DIY, Bench, white, pallet wood,

Oh yes, you're a carpenter


( and I am his lady)
At this rate maybe I'll get him to build us a house....................
I mean how hard can it be to do?

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81 comments:

  1. John, the carpenter. I love it! Now that's a perfect bench for the foot of a bed...........Sarah

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  2. Is his father's name Joseph? Because your husband was born a carpenter! The bench looks perfect! And I especially love the trunk you placed underneath.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  3. Im off to show my hubby this post! Haha...tell John he is my latest role model for Mr. Moss.
    I love how it turned out, the white paint was a perfect finish.
    Leslie (Gwen Moss)

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  4. That turned out awesome, Yay John great work on the bench - you must have some awesome powers of persuasion in your house LOL

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  5. If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning...

    Never mind me, I'm up earlier than usual. ;)

    The bench looks great and I love that he did it for you. You've got a good man there, I do believe. :)

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  6. Wonderful bench and it looks fantastic at the foot of the bed! Now if you gathered up enough pallets you could start another little business..."Have a Seat"....
    (Tell John he doesn't have to thank me for putting another idea in your head!!) :)

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  7. Now that's true love, what a love. The bench and trunk under it look really nice. x

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  8. and you married him anyway...and had his baby.
    Really, this is lovely! Way to go John!

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  9. Wow-He has just redeemed himself in my eyes (mostly)...lol So, the question goes----Would you marry him anyway...would you have his baby.....(age not being a barrier, that is). Have a great day- I am off and running here- xo Diana

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  10. This looks Gorgeous what a talented hubby!
    TFS
    hugs Alyson x

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    1. thanks so much Alyson!!!
      I'm in love with it :)
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  11. Love the bench and the post. I am smiling. Good job, John.

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  12. He's a keeper! LOVE the bench! Love that old wooden crate thingy sitting underneath. It's fits perfectly... I'm gonna brag on John and see if I can get my hubby to build me something ;)

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  13. Hi Suzan! - It's Angie from godsgrowinggarden.com
    You are the first entry so you are the next "Chain" (co-host) in the Chain “Linky” CLIMB
    I just sent you an email with the details.
    Thank you!

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  14. That man loves you, Suzan, hang onto him!! :-) But does he realize now that he's shown what a great job he can do, all the projects you'll think of????? It was a very dangerous first project.

    And I LOVE the look - totally!

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  15. Love the whole ensemble.
    Does John have any unattached brothers? On this continent?
    Your little pink hearts drink showed up on the previous website I was on 5 seconds before your site popped up. Fun. I knew you were on the way at that point.

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  16. i know you can always find something else that you can work out for your son's artwork, that bench turned beautiful...

    thanks for following me, i am following you back too!

    huggies♥
    rea

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  17. You know Suzan, I think this may just be my favorite John and Suzan moment since finding your blog. Nice work John. Very nice.
    The Little Ball Girl.

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    1. Thanks SO much Cindy!!! Can't tell you how impressed I am with him lol - my head is reeling with what I can get him to make me!
      Have a great day - hugs,
      Suzan

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  18. John...... you did excellent. However if you would of known what was good for 'ya, you would not have done so well. She will be asking you to be a carpenter all the time now, whether or not she's being a lady!

    Bliss

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  19. YAY John! Great bench and I just know more things are on the way!!!

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  20. Wow oh wow, I love it!! I had to Pin it. Do you think you can talk John into doing a tutorial? I would love to try to make one myself!! Hugs, Diane....P.S., now I have that song stuck in my head! ha

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    1. He laughed his head off when I asked him - said he needed a tutorial himself on what he did LOL
      Thanks so much Diane!

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  21. Why why why that dang song! Over and over ad nauseam (sp)...
    Yes tell John we want a tutorial on that bench ;-)

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  22. So cute and shabby! And I adore those little wooden hearts too!

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  23. John, John...what have you done???
    You will never have peace in your life again.
    Suzan, how big is that list you've made already?
    Great job by both of you- I love that sweet moment at the end of the bed.
    Run, John, run!
    xo, T.

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  24. Beautiful! He did a great job!

    I have a narrow one at the end of my master bed and I move in and out. Right now it is in his "workshop" . He used it to brace something and sawed off part of it. LOL

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    1. Thanks so much - I'm loving it!
      Too funny about your husband sawing part of your bench off - I won't let John use this one for sure lol
      XOX

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  25. Darling darling bench! You did a sweet job painting it and your husband is much handier than he thought! I enjoyed your post! Thanks for sharing and thank you for the sweet comments you leave me! I enjoy each and every one!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,
    Amanda

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  26. I love how John always says no, but always ends up doing what you want. You trained him well. I'm taking notes in case I meet a John of my own.
    The bench looks lovely. Can't wait to see the whole room!

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  27. HeeHee! That bench looks worthy of being sat on - what does he think he is anyway? All men are born with carpenter skills arent' they??

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  28. I want to know - have you sat on that adorable bench? Love the crate underneath. As usual the finish is perfectly imperfect. John and Suzan -Benches For The Stars!

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  29. OMG! That is a very sweet bench. Tell John, he's da man! You wouldn't believe what I would have got ( but I know from past experience it wouldn't be half as sweet ). Patty/BC

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    1. Thanks so much!!!
      Can't sit on it - and he tells me he absolutely cannot give a tutorial on it because it's filled with mistakes lol - but it's too cute, right?
      XOX

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    1. Thanks Heather - he's getting such a kick out of all these comments LOL
      XOX

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  31. Will John be taking orders? Just sayin! Boy I wish I could get my non-carpenter hubby to build me something...anything! Wow, he did a great job, I LOVE it! I'm gonna go buy my own tools... how hard could it be? hahahhahehehe...I wouldn't have any fingers left!!!
    Hugs,
    Pendra

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  32. What a handy guy, and never let him forget that as he has just set precedence for new projects! Looks great!

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  33. Hi Suzan!!!!

    I love it!!!!! It fits perfectly. I love the case under it and the books. Great idea!!

    And John made it!!! He has more talent hidden, I just know it. He just doesn't want it all to come out. LOL

    Pam
    xox

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  34. Now he is a keeper...charming bench my friend.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  35. LOVE your very charming bench. Perfect! Great job!!
    mary Alice

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  36. You married a carpenter and you didn't even know it, sista!!! lolol! You tell John we all think he did a fabulous job for being a rookie. hehehe! It looks absolutely adorable at the end of your bed in its perfect rusticness. Yep....bench now. Bookshelf later. House in the works..... lol

    xoxo laurie

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  37. I love reading about you and John. Sometimes you offer the only relief from the humdrum in a given day.

    I love the bench and see that John knew just what you wanted, but have a question: Did both of you sit on the bench and one of you end up sprawled on the floor...I ask because i see the legs in the first pictures appear straight up and down, but in later shots they are at an angle. Or am I seeing it all wrong?

    I think this might be a good topic of discussion, as many years ago my husband had to change the angle of the legs on a garden bench after one of us stood up unexpectedly and the bench dumped the one who remained seated. I leave you to figure out who hit the ground in a hurry...LOL

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  38. This is hilarious - what an EYE Marje - LOL - for some reason he did the back legs on an angle and couldn't match them to the front legs - HE"S NOT A CARPENTER lmho
    So I turned it around - because I like the angles!!!
    And thanks so much for your sweet words,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Much love,
    Suzan

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  39. I get a kick out of your conversations! John may not be a carpenter, but he sure can build some serious eye candy! Love the bench.

    hugs,
    Deborah

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  40. the first of many...:) now he probably wishes he had done a BAD job on the bench

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  41. I love the creativity! That little heart is the perfect touch too. Gotta love a guy that builds for you!!

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  42. Como me gustan estos trabajos!!
    Gracias por ense├▒arnoslo.
    ♥♥♥

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  43. awesome pictures! I love the little heart detail :)

    Hugs

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  44. For a man who's not a carpenter, he did a wonderfully shabby, chic job! Wow, tell John he built a perfect piece of decor! Who wants a functional bench? It got me thinking...my husband is pretty handy (he builds pallets and crates for a couple companies)...thanks for the inspiration, Suzan!!
    Oh, are you telling John about all the compliments he's getting?? He must be proud, he should be proud. (or is his head getting too big? lol)
    Debbie :)

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  45. awww love the bench HE IS A CARPENTER lol

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  46. So....is your heart happy now? I sure hope so. What a guy to go and do your bidding. And oh, go on...sit on it. It looks perfectly sturdy. :) The color mix you did on it is so cool. Love that the crate fit so well too.

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  47. they both look great.tell john i need one for my house i think but he will need to bring it to australia-love dee x

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  48. It's a beautiful bench, and I love the - what was it? - that you put underneath. Most of all, I love the dialog that you post, it so reminds of me and my own dear Mr. Don. He's no longer with us, but I remember so many similar conversations I had with him, and they make me smile. A "master" bedroom should be filled with love, and it sure seems like yours is. That's the most precious thing one can have.

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    1. Thanks so much Jan!!! It was just a little sort of tool box when I bought the box.
      I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Don Jan, really really sorry!
      XOX

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    2. Hi Suzan, thank you so much. I had no idea you live in Montreal. What a small world! Mr. Don lived in Montreal, too. We travelled back and forth, a long-distance relationship, for 13 plus years. The plan was to marry once I retired (4 years and 10 months from now the current countdown)and we would live 6 months in Canada and 6 months here in Wisconsin, but unfotunately things did not work out as we had planned for so long. We sure did have some funny conversations about our future wedding, though. I wanted to get married in a flashy no-holds barred Vegas ceremony, and he wanted to get married in my backyard (say what?) with friends and family all around. I said "that is ridiculous. I will be 66 years old when we get married and you want me to act like I'm a blushing bride surrounded by my doddering old brothers and sisters?" And he said "yes." I don't get this "follower" stuff but I'll see if I can figure it out. In the meantime, I've added you to my bookmarks/favorites and will visit you now all the time and bug the heck out of you probably.

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  49. So cute & beautiful. I'm your new follower from Blog Hop.
    Love your Awesome blog!

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    xoxo
    Rena

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  50. Popped over from MMM. What a great bench! Love it.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
    Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
    Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
    Facebook: donnaallgaierlamberti@facebook.com (for portfolio of chalk painted work)

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    1. Thanks SO much!!!
      Have a great rest of the weekend :)
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  51. I love the bench and the little box underneath looks so cute there. I can relate to the small bedroom, we have a step stool at the end of the bed for Maggie to get up on the bed. And sometimes at night i forget about it and trip over it and end up falling into the closet lol. I pray for a bedroom bigger than a closet in the next house. How wonderful that John made that for you, it is such a sweet thing to do and it is very cute. good work John
    hugs Tobey

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  52. My classroom is right next door to the woodshop class. I need to cut the wood for a variety of projects before I retire. I don't need another bench, but it would be fun to try making one.

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  53. He did a great job! It looks plenty functional to me! ;)

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    1. Even if it was functional ( and I'm not sure about that ) you'd get splinters in your but LMHO!!!
      Thankss o much!
      Hugs,
      Suzan

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  54. This turned out fantastic!! It is just perfect! What else can't he build??? :)
    XO,
    Christy

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    1. LMHO - he can't build a house ( or so he says )
      Thanks so much
      Big hugs,
      Suzan

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  55. Love your bench.. wish I had a workroom
    full of 'Tools' to do such projects..
    Love it!
    Sandy

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  56. Yes, John is a carpenter...way to go John! Loved every word and picture of the bench.

    Wife of carpenter/wood box builder. 2nd ear piercings but no tattoo. hahaha







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  57. Suzan, Congrats! Just wanted to let you know you've been featured for this cute post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love how the bench turned out, thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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  58. Thanks SO much Jody!!!! What an honor!
    Coming by now
    XXX

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  59. Beautiful! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  60. What a sweet and beautiful post! Your dear husband sounds like a kind and patient man...not to mention pretty handy with a saw! Your bench is beautiful. Can't wait to see that new house he whips up for you next weekend!

    This is my first visit to your blog. I've just posted this week's new Homemaking Linkup and would love to have you join, if you'd like.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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  61. The bench is delightful, but your narrative...even more so!

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  62. GO JOHNNY BOY!!!!!!!!!!
    Can you tell I'm playing MAJOR catch-up on your blog tonight? :)

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    1. lol - he's so thrilled that everyone liked his project - I have to be careful - he may end up with his own blog BWAAAAHHHH..............
      XOX

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  63. I'm so glad that the carpenters lady has a bench. And what a beauty she is! Love it and the little box underneath is wonderful too! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  64. The bench is awesome and the conversation hysterical. Sounds like out house!

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    1. Thanks so much Cherie - I think that conversation is universal LOL
      xoxo

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