Monday, January 2, 2012

Benched for the New Year

As Christmas is packed away and I look around, the house looks naked. Pathetic. Void of personality or sparkle. Admittedly, I haven't struck on what I want to do in most rooms for the rest of winter. To quote Scarlet O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

For now, I'm planning what to do with this cute little bench I picked up at the thrift store this weekend.

Structurally, it's in great shape. But the finish--oh, my! The top's a scratched, stained mess but shouldn't be too difficult to redo.

And, what is that on the end of the bench, you ask?

Well, besides the price tag, it's a couple of snowman stickers. How appropriate for a winter project.

Yes, I did pay only $4.98 for this nice piece, which is something called a Cohasset Colonial. The authentication is stamped on the underside.

I found some information about Cohasset Colonials here. Apparently, the company offers colonial reproductions that you can either assemble yourself or purchase finished. They don't have my bench offered on their website, so I assume it has long since been retired.

After I get the house put back together in the wake of the holidays and take a (brief) breather, I will definitely give this little guy a new look. Stay tuned . . . 

Make it a great day!


  1. What a great find!! I love the look of this...I love benches anyway and have all kinds around the house... benches and boxes!! they are always useful in many ways...Can't wait to see what you do with it...:)

  2. I agree with you ... the house always looks naked after the Christmas decorations are put away. Can't wait to see what you do with that cute little bench!

  3. Good morning!
    I have just come across your blog, and now I'm following. Thanks for sharing today.

    Stop by to visit with me too sometime.
    My screen door is always open to you!

    ciao bella


  4. I have yet to take down the Christmas decor, but it's always a bit sad and bare when it's put away.
    That is a great bench, full of possibilities. Maybe a cute cushion with a fun pattern... :)

    I am your newest follower. I would love it if you popped by my blog for a visit. :)

  5. It is a different style bench, but I am sure you will find just the right place for it.

  6. I love your bench! I buy benches, too! Can't resist! Also I've taken a liking to wooden trays recently and have several that need TLC. They're all thrift shop finds.

  7. It's a very sweet bench! I can't wait to see what you do with it. I have just discovered that the wood on our kitchen annex cabinets, an added room to our 1950s house, could really use some refinishing work.

  8. Nice! And unique looking. Should be a fun project. I'll be watching to see what you did to it.

  9. Ann, A great bench, looking forward to seeing what you will do with the bench, paint? I also wanted to tell you we posted a thank you to you and others for featuring us on your blog this year. Please stop by it you get a chance. Looking forward to another great year of blogging, Laura

  10. What a great find! I'd love to find a bench like that at the thrift store!

  11. Our house always seems so much bigger just after Christmas, for a day or two. The bench is a wonderful find. I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Keep us 'posted.' ;)

  12. An amazing find! Can't wait to see what you do! I hope your 1012 is off to a great start! Happy Saturday...hugs...Debbie

  13. What an incredibly cool piece and a great find, Ann! I can't wait to see what you do with it!

    Happy New Year!

  14. Great find! Can't wait to see how you use it. Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week!

  15. What an awesome bench Ann! Happy New year to you.

  16. Ann,
    What a lucky find! Can't wait to see what you do with it!


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