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    Mak and Jill have been friends since seventh grade. They both were lucky to have creative mamas who encouraged their artistic sides. 

  They have 45 years experience between the two of them upcycling furniture, creating works of art, styling and interior design. They have a beautiful store "The Abode" - located on Avenida Del Mar in downtown San Clemente, where you can find their upcycled furniture, unique finds, and so much more.

They are stockists of Chalk Paint® decorative paint and offer furniture painting workshops, teaching others what they have learned over a lifetime.






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Antibes Green Garden Bench

I found these cute old chairs at a garage sale for next to nothing. The seats were missing out of them and I was going to replace them and upholster them, but they spoke to me and and wanted to be something new and different. With a little bit of new wood and some creative mistakes these sad old chairs have a new life. The bench has be painted and distressed. I sealed it with a polyurethane and it is now ready for a new home in the garden. If you love it, contact me at

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Reader Comments (16)

Love it! So cute.......... Will you be making others?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergypsynest

Lovei IT! Will u be making others?

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergypsynest

Awesome! So original!

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSongbird

I love your creative. Don't you just love the chalk paint! Keep up the great ideas.

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Butterbug

Hi there! It's you're AS sista here. Can I tell you how much I LOVE this bench?!!! So clevah. I wish more people would use the Antibes, it's gorgeous!


June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie Cooper

Love love love the bench!!!

June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTillie Willie Lane

I just saw your bench here:
I was checking out the feature of my birdbath when I saw your bench. :) I made one recently very similar to yours.

Love the color of your bench!

March 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergail

Followed over from Funky Junk. Love this idea of re-using those chairs. I find these around a lot lately. I think the change from the floral decorating of a few years ago has prompted some to ditch their chairs. Now yours have a new life.

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDistressed Donna

I love these! What a wonderful and creative idea! Thank you for sharing it! Don't know if I will ever have the courage to try to do it, but I hope so!

August 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

I really like this idea. I have two old chairs and I can't wait to turn them into a bench. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Preacher's New Wife

I love this!!! In addition to the structure, I like the paint and finish.

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

This is brilliant!

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Love this bench. I am pretty crafty so now I want to go hunting and make one for myself!

April 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercathy

Those are my dining room chairs. WOW.

May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterterry

I love this bench and would so love to be able to make one. I am riddled with arthritis now so its not possible sadly. The green is so bright and cheery.

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

Love this bench and have been looking for one in my new entry. I had some made out of my kids baby bed for each of them and they are really cute. Need to do this for me. Thanks!

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy

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