Like anybody else, we had plans for the long weekend. But we actually got some of it done!

We finished basically all the work on Nathan’s updated “big boy” bedroom. We’ve moved a lot of stuff back in and found homes for it. Once it’s all 100% in place, I’ll snap some photos and share. 

Finishing that will mean that his bathroom that we finished renovating a couple months ago will finally be cleared out so I can take photos and post them. 

And, lastly, we finished work on an outdoor bench for our front entryway. This will serve as a home to some plants and gnomes. We’re pretty proud of it. 


I was told this image makes it look tiny. Like dollhouse tiny. So I have a second picture of it in context a little further down.


Here’s a detailed shot of the finished wood and paint texture. We stained it and covered it in three layers of chalk paint (white, black, turquoise) before roughing it up with a power sander and polyurethaning it. It makes for great iPhone wallpaper, too!


Here’s that context shot of the bench with plants and gnomes beside our front door. 

If you’d like to try this one yourself, the pattern and instructions can be found at

Previous Post


May 23
Has Twitter really existed so long that I could possibly be celebrating my 13th anniversary on the platform? According to them, yes. Amazing. Also amazing how much it has changed. I was using SMS on my dumb cell phone back...
Next Post

Macro Monday 2020.21...

May 25
Got a lot of really close and partial guesses on last week’s #MiniMusicMonday challenge photo. But my buddy Stephen Hill (@gundarkhunter) got it correctest and fasterest! I’d give a clue as to what this one is, but it was already...


You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Ah yes, this makes my confused brain happy, thank you! It looks great by the way!


I wasn’t gonna call you out. And thanks! 

Kevin Spencer

That bench is fantastic.


Thanks, man!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)