Gossip Bench Make Over – A Trash to Treasure Story!

Have you ever seen or even heard your parents or grandparents talk about a gossip bench? I had never heard of the term before we found this little beauty on a garage sale website. Many decades ago, before I-Phones and the Galaxy S5 they had these incredible contraptions, with a cord and a circular dial with numbers on it. It was called a rotary telephone! You actually had to sit in one spot to talk to someone on the other end. Can you imagine? Well, in those days a gossip bench was designed to place your telephone on the table, your telephone directory in the space or drawer below  and you sat on the seat/bench so you were comfortable while you chatted. We sure have come a long way from rotary phones. The look and the nostalgia still intrigue me.

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When I saw this darling bench on a garage sale website, I knew I needed to add it to my country decor. Sure, it was a little rough around the edges… and the top .. and the bottom! But it had so much potential, I just couldn’t pass it up.

After a quick sanding to remove whatever that is that has stained the seat, and the permanent marker from the top I decided to give it a couple coats of black spray primer. Three to be exact. I had every intention of painting over the primer with flat black paint. Once the primer had a chance to dry, I liked the way it looked just as it was.

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The primer itself was a flat black also. But it has somewhat of a metal sheen to it. I think that is what I liked the most. 3 coats of black primer, and I was in love!

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I don’t have a rotary phone to display  on it to give it the true authentic look, but I think my primitive decorations and the tan cushion give it it’s own sense of charm.

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The 2 pictures above the bench are priceless reminders of 2 very special, wonderful women.

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The Guee Hill Farm sign hung in my grandmother’s kitchen for years. I don’t know who painted it or where it came from, but it reminds me of her and her kitchen. I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood days in that kitchen.

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The grandmother sign was given to me by my godmother right after my sweet granddaughter was born. It was the last gift she gave me and one I will always cherish because it was given with so much love.


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Have you ever found a furniture piece that you just fell in love with right away, even if it did look like it was beaten up in a few storms? I’m ashamed to admit that I have 5 pieces of said furniture occupying space in my house. Now that the weather has changed for the better, I am hoping to get them refinished so I can share them with all of you.

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