A Free Bench Makeover

What do you do while waiting for paint to dry?  Well, if you are Rachel and me, you start another project.

Enter: free bench #1.

Rachel's cousins found two benches laying in a heap of dirt and overgrown weeds. Knowing Rachel was crafty, they dug them out and brought them over. This picture was taken after the benches were power washed to get all the dirt off.

It wasn't too terrible. It was a little wobbly, the metal was definitely rusty and the wood was a little splintery. 

We sanded the wood with a power sander to smooth it out and sanded the metal by hand to get rid of the chipping finish.

We began the makeover by white washing the wood. We mixed white paint that Rachel had left over from this beadboard wallpaper makeover with water. We brushed on multiple coats and it gave the wood a really cool gray, driftwood look.

Then, we covered the wood with newspaper and spray painted the metal with some leftover Rustoleum.

We sealed the wood with some outdoor deck sealer that Rachel's dad had on hand. The bench was free and we used materials we had on hand so we paid nothing for this little makeover.

Much better, right? Totally worth the sunburn we both got. Needless to say we won't be forgetting the sunscreen again haha.


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Michelle Paige said...

Love your bench. Cute site!

Karen @ THEBUSYBUG said...

Love it. I have a bench in my backyard that needs a little TLC also. Thanks for the inspiration! Beautiful job!

Sherri said...

It looks brand new again! Great job!

Michelle said...

My mom has a bench like this that I dare not sit on for fear of getting splinters. Good to know there is hope for it! Great job! :) I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

Kerrie Lightfoot said...

I like it! Much better and it freshens it up. Great job. Use that sunscreen girl!

Brianne said...

I love free things! haha Looks great ash! :)

Rust-Oleum said...

Your bench turned out great. What a wonderful transformation. Fantastic job and thank you so much for using Rust-Oleum. Have a great weekend...and remember the sunscreen :)

Gifts By Katherine said...

Nicely done, love it! Hugs

Katherines Corner said...

I have this bench too! Yours turned out great. i enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. Hugs!

Jenn O'Reilly said...

great! I've got a bench that needs some make over love too...of course it would have to stop raining here for at least a day so I could do it!

Katie said...

Great makeover! I need to find a similar bench of my own to work on. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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