LeeAnn M
LeeAnn M
  • Hometalker
  • Lincoln, NE

Whimsical Garden Bench


I found this old, sad, tired-looking, bench and knew I could turn it into something wonderful. With elbow grease and sandpaper, this bench was ready for a new coat of black paint. I used over 10 different colors of paint to transform this bench into a colorful, whimsical garden bench! Since I used items I already had at home, this project cost me $0. This bench was fairly easy to complete. It just takes
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Fresh from the farm! I sanded down all the rust, globs of paint, and sticker residue.
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This photo is after sanding and one coat of Rust-Oleum exterior, glossy, spray paint. I eventually gave this bench 3 light coats of paint.
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I traced a star on the bench. Then, using painter's tape, I taped off random sections for the white stripes and also taped off sections on the side and back rails. I painted and filled in the various sections of colors using indoor/outdoor craft paint and my artist paint brushes. Some colors took four coats of paint to cover the black.
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The bench was still missing something, so I used a Q-tip to add the dots of paint on the legs and bottom cross bar. To protect the paint, I gave it 3 light coats of clear, acrylic spray paint. Can't wait to see this colorful, whimsical bench in my garden next spring!!!

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  • This is fun and very inspiring. I'm putting together a bird park out in the country and was trying to figure out a fun bench idea... Now you've got me thinking.... LOVE!

  • Katie
    on Oct 14, 2018

    Frankly, this bench is too wonderful not to be in the house!! Love it.

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