1800’s Ephemera Gossip Bench

My most recent project was a real labor of love.
I got the gossip bench a few months ago, started painting it,
and ran into some troubles which I wrote about here –
After that, I put it aside and have been waiting for some inspiration on what to do with it.
That inspiration came when I purchased a huge lot
of women’s magazines from the 1800’s that I posted about here –
I used some leftover Valspar paint, then distressed it
and used Valspar Antique Glaze on it, then the fun part came…
adding the 1800’s pages!
It sat for a few more days because I couldn’t decide
what to cover the seat cushion with,
but fortunately, I was able to get 4 antique seed bags
at an auction.  They were all pretty dirty and stained,
so it was nip and tuck fitting one to the seat without
any unsightly stains showing.  The original wood base
was rotted, so my husband cut a new one for me.
Here’a a close-up of the top of the bench.
 And some more of the details of the bench…
It was worth the trouble and wait!
She’s now ready to do some gossiping at these parties:
Apparently she’s visiting each twice, because I have *no* idea why each link is there twice.
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  1. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    Oh, it WAS so worth the wait, Angie! It turned out fabulous! How clever of you to use the ladies magazines and feed sacks in your transformation. 😉

    Thanks for linking to the party again. I love seeing your wonderful projects each week.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  2. WONDERFUL!!!!
    when i first got married,way back when!!..i wanted one of these…good thing i didin’t or i’d still be on the phone!! these really are delightful!!
    love the convenience of a cell phone..but i must say I do miss the “heft” and feel of the good old black rotary dial phone!!! heck..I’m old enough to remember the “party line”..i can remember when i was about 6 trying to “sneak” a listen!!!

  3. It looks so pretty and unusual! I really like the use of the feed sacks!

  4. I just love what you did with this bench….from the paint to the ephemera, it’s looks fantastic. Well worth the time and wait for the perfect idea!
    Cheryl at My Sister’s Cottage

  5. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    I love it when a plan comes together. Nicely done.

  6. How lovely… you did a really good job with this.

  7. It is so cute! Love the vintage ephemerma. Did you just mod podge them on? Good idea to use the feed sack. It’s always so fun to see the transformation take place. Visiting from Common Ground. Now a new follower.

  8. Jann – Yes, I used Modge Podge.

    Thanks so much for visiting and following!!!

  9. Angie I love your gossip bench! It turned out wonderful! Thane for linking up to treasure hunt Thursday!

  10. I love the gossip bench too. What a great idea to put the ephemera on it! Very cute! Thanks for linking it to Home Sweet Home!

  11. I love these pieces. Yours turned out GREAT! Super cute!

  12. Sooooooo worth the wait! I love these little “gossip” spots! Now, I miss my old telephone landline now, just so I could sit in such a cute place and gossip the day away 🙂

    Visiting from Funky Junk Interiors Linky Party,

    With smiles from NW Illinois,

  13. This turned out to be a perfect place to sit and swap gossip!

  14. SO UNIQUE! An era gone by…now we have “gossip cells…” siiigh… LOVIN’ your up-do!

    Deborah [visiting happily from http://upcyclingmylife.blogspot.com}

    [Hope you can visit too!]

  15. Your gossip bench is wonderful. Oh how I have been searching for one of these. You are so lucky and what a fabulous job you did. Isn’t it funny how sometimes it is hard to decide what to do and then all of a sudden you know? I love it 🙂

  16. I love theat even inside the little shelf, you have paper! So lovely! Thx for sharing

  17. love it I have a similair seatie that I need to redo but just havent got around too. it isnt as old as yours though

  18. This turned out great! Thanks for linking up!

  19. Beautiful!

    Jan @Door251

  20. LOVE this idea but….when I tried to view what you had written about this….”That inspiration came when I purchased a huge lot of women’s magazines from the 1800’s that I posted about here –
    1800’s Ephemera”….it only led me to your home page. I would love to read the whole story and about your inspiration.
    Treasures By Renee

  21. This pandemic has made me want to do more things around the house. I have NEVER done any sort of project like this one, but I love your gossip table! And I happen to have one that a I have I purchased in a yard sale similar to yours and I’d love to do the same thing you did (if you’re OK with it) with the pages of a 1900 Sears catalog I have – but don’t know how! WHat’s Modge Podge? LOL but seriously, Idk!

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