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French Country Bench Makeover in Cartouche Green

Today, we’re sharing the French Country Bench Makeover in Cartouche Green at Bliss Barracks!

Late last year, my Mom asked me to help her add pops of blue, white and pale green to my parent’s home, Bliss Barracks, because she was really ready for a change. 

While the style of their home is still very traditional with a heavy equestrian influence thanks to my Mom’s love of horses, it’s been fun to help give Bliss Barracks a fresh feel. 

French Country Bench Makeover in Cartouche Green…

At the time, we used Amy Howard’s Cartouche Green to paint the secretary  in the twin bedroom, and the desk  in one of the guest bedrooms. 

The color is a really soft green and goes with just about anything. So, we decided to paint my Mom’s French Country bench on the landing in Cartouche Green as well.

Just a heads up, my parents have since painted the walls of Bliss Barracks in Benjamin Moore’s Dove White which is why you’ll see some shots with the old wall color and some with the new one.

Ironically, the original color of the bench was green.  But it was a vibrant green and my Mom wanted something that was more subdued and consistent with the rest of the colors we were using in the house. 

It only took one coat of Cartouche Green and a bit of distressing to get the look she was after though,

which made this French Country bench makeover pretty quick and easy. 

This is how the French Country bench makeover in Cartouche Green looked with the old wall color. 

Creating a Gallery Wall & Adding Accents Around the Bench…

And this is how it looks against the freshly painted wall in Benjamin Moore White Dove.

The rug is one my Dad had shipped over from his travels and the shade of green is nearly identical to Cartouche Green which is cool.

My Mom really liked the gallery wall she created with vintage finds and an antique gold mirror, so we kept that vignette in tact as well.  

As far as the little side table goes, my Dad’s office and the media room (just out of view) have dark furniture and accents in them so the table was an easy way to bridge the three spaces.

The flowers at Bliss Barracks are mostly creamy white flower arrangements which makes them super simple to change out or add to throughout the year and for different seasons.

The blue and white houndstooth pillows were another really easy way to layer in the fresh color palette too. 

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You can find them from Amazon, here and I also love this one from Piper Classics too. We’re in the process of switching all our pillow inserts to down or  down alternative inserts as well.

Keep in mind, if you like full throw pillows you need to size up when you buy your inserts.  For example, an 18×18 pillow cover looks best (nice and full) with a 20×20 insert.


Small Changes with Big Impacts…

I know we’re all looking for easy and budget friendly ways to update the spaces around our homes.  Especially, now that we’re spending so much more time there.  

But I also hope, this French Country bench makeover in Cartouche Green helps to show you that sometimes you don’t have to redecorate an entire room to give a space a fresh feel. 

Sometimes it’s as simple as changing out linens or pillows or updating the accessories or refreshing the color of a bench.

Don’t be afraid to tackle small projects like this one that will help to build your confidence before tackling big ones.  

They really make a difference!

Let us know what you’ve been painting lately.  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

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Many blessings,



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  1. Wowza, that came out beautifully! You are one brave girl painting atop a rug like that! Even with a painters cloth cover, I’m a mess pot!

    1. ha ha I can’t say my Mom wasn’t holding her breath, Cindy, and my Dad was obviously on the golf course or I probably wouldn’t have been sneaky like that 🙂 Sending you lots of hugs, CoCo

  2. Coco, your mother’s bench is such a beautiful color and great job on refinishing it!!! Such a pretty bench — I love its shape and curves! I just found your email so hopped on over. Will look for your post if its up on SYS this week. <3

    Happy for you and your mom,
    Barb 🙂

    1. So glad you like the refreshed bench, Barb! We’ve had it forever so it didn’t really need too much just a fresh coat of paint. Easy projects like that are definitely what we need right now. Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  3. I was surprised by how Cartouche Green, on just a few pieces of furniture, actually softened the look of the entire room. This was such a smart and thrifty decorating idea!

    1. Thank you so much, Heidi! They’ve really been working hard painting all the walls so I’m glad we were able to sneak in a quick and easy project for them 🙂 Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  4. Hi Coco,

    Beautiful job and love the wall styled around the bench too.

    I would never be brave enough to not cover a rug when painting.


    1. So many people have said that Cindy! I had a canvas tarp underneath the bench for a good portion of the painting but I guess it was either hard to see or people thought it was too risky because sometimes they are thin. My parents will definitely appreciate you guys looking out for their furnishings, especially the rug my Dad sent over for my Mom 🙂 Hope your day has been a fun one, CoCo

  5. I love sagey greens…this is a great transformation, and would sure work in any decor. I like the tie in with the wall decor. Very nice….! From WW, Sandi

    1. Thanks so much, Sandi! My Mom already loved the bench so it was nice to be able to find a color that we had already used in other rooms for the landing too. Sometimes just a fresh coat of paint is all you need. Hope you’ve been having a great summer, CoCo

  6. That green is perfect and very French. I love the gallery wall! Looks straight out of a magazine!

  7. The bench is just perfect! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. I really appreciate it, Ann, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  8. Oh my, CoCo! Your mother’s bench is so lovely! I’m always amazed at how a little paint can transform anything so dramatically and You chose the perfect green!! Definitely one of my favorites!

    1. Thank you, Christine! It’s been fun to watch the spaces in their home slowly get refreshed. They have great pieces which makes my job so much easier 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  9. Your bench looks beautiful. I really like the mirror that is hanging above it too. I’m happy to find your blog for some fresh inspiration.

    1. Such sweet and kind words, Andrea, thank you so much! These pieces have all traveled with us throughout the years so it’s been fun to see them used in all sorts of different ways and arrangements. Hope your day is a happy one, CoCo

  10. Hi CoCo,
    Thank you! I’m glad you were able to link your post up to Share Your Style this past week. I am happy to feature your mother’s bench tonight at SYS #267. <3

    Happy week to you,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara, I really appreciate it! We had some major IT difficulties at the end of last week so I apologize for responding to your kindness so late. I’m heading over to the post right now. Thank you for helping to make a bad week a better one 🙂 Hugs and thank yous, CoCo

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