Today’s post is about a utilitarian piece of furniture, a bucket bench, that was passed down to me. And, a bit of history on this early 1800’s piece.
In my home I have a few antique pieces. Nothing of great value, but they do have a lot of sentimental value. Most are family pieces from my grandparents or other relatives. One of my favorites is this bucket bench!
This piece is very primitive and made of pine. I was told that it was a water table or water bench. After some research, I found that a water table or water bench looks more like this.
history of the Bucket Bench?
Why I painted the Bucket Bench
Because the wood was so dry, I painted both the corner cupboard and the bucket bench. The bucket bench is painted with Maison Blanche French Lime Paint in the shade Garconniere. If you want to learn more about French Lime Paint, see THIS post. Currently, this piece is in our downstairs family room. But, I’m still working on that space, so I had Mark bring it upstairs for me to photograph! In the photo below, you can see some of the amazing character in this piece.
I love this piece of furniture. And, I love the history behind it. You definitely have an eye for making furniture/decor come to life. Thank you for sharing.
Wow, I’ve never heard of a bucket bench but adore yours. Hope I find one someday! I love that you painted it. It has so much great character!
This makes sense. To have a bucket bench. My family lived in the middle of the USA and there was no electricity in that part of the country until 1950!! So no running water (we don’t think about how electricity allowed for pumps to pump the water,). The homes, schools and churches had no running water nor electricity and so think how hard it would be to do daily chores like dishes and mopping. What thankfulness I feel for running water and lights and electric fans! Plus all the other.
Your two heirloom pieces are very special.